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Australia To Host Rugby World Cups In 2027 & 2029

Michael Hooper & Shannon Parry

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper stands with Wallaroos captain Shannon Parry ahead of the final vote for the hosting of the Rugby World Cups in Sydney, Australia.

It has been announced overnight that Australia will play host to the men’s & women’s rugby World Cups in 2027 & 2029 respectively.

A World Rugby Council vote on Thursday night confirmed Australia will have hosting duties for a third men’s World Cup – after previous tournaments in 1987 and 2003 – and a first-ever women’s World Cup.

“This is amazing for Australian rugby,” 2027 bid team chief Phil Kearns said. “We’ve got a huge opportunity.”

Rugby Australia has predicted that these tournaments will bring in over 217,000 international visitors with more than 2 million fans attending matches throughout the country.

The 2027 World Cup will feature 20 nations and 48 matches over seven weeks and be played at between eight and 10 venues. Dates and locations will be finalised by the end of this year, but expect Sydney to play a key role with Accor Stadium one of three venues in the running to host the final.

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