Rugby Australia faces rival bid from USA to host 2027 World Cup

USA Rugby wants to become the first country in North or South America to host the Rugby World Cup, and has launched a bid to stage the tournament, in either 2027 or 2031. Australia, which last hosted in 2003, and Russia, which has never hosted, have already announced they are bidding to stage the 2027 […]

Rugby Australia faces rival bid from USA to host 2027 World Cup

USA Rugby wants to become the first country in North or South America to host the Rugby World Cup, and has launched a bid to stage the tournament, in either 2027 or 2031.

Australia, which last hosted in 2003, and Russia, which has never hosted, have already announced they are bidding to stage the 2027 tournament while Argentina have withdrawn having previously expressed an interest. The 2023 men’s tournament will be held in France.

World Rugby is aiming to decide the hosts for both tournaments in May 2022.

Cities such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago and New York have expressed an interested in holding games, some of which would be played in NFL stadiums.

USA Rugby is also bidding for the 2029 Women’s World Cup, with January the deadline for submissions for the events. The 2021 event, now delayed to late 2022, is in New Zealand with the 2025 hosts also to be determined.

USA Rugby World Cup bid chairman Jim Brown said: “This is a proud moment as we introduce our vision for a World Cup on American soil.

“We are confident in the strength of this bid, the support around us, the cities and stadiums interested in hosting, our country’s top-level infrastructure for large-scale sports events and the opportunity the US population of sports fans presents for rugby’s growth, both domestically and globally.”

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Injury paves way for Paisami return against Japan

Hunter Paisami will replace Samu Kerevi at No.12 against Japan as he returns for the first time since facing the All Blacks in August. Paisami was first choice earlier in the campaign before leaving camp to attend the birth of his child. With Kerevi, who suffered an ankle injury against Argentina, in storming form alongside […]

Injury paves way for Paisami return against Japan

Hunter Paisami will replace Samu Kerevi at No.12 against Japan as he returns for the first time since facing the All Blacks in August.

Paisami was first choice earlier in the campaign before leaving camp to attend the birth of his child.

With Kerevi, who suffered an ankle injury against Argentina, in storming form alongside Len Ikitau, Paisami struggled to get back into the squad and he was reportedly close to knocking back a place on the tour to stay behind with his family.

The Wallabies will name their team later Thursday (3pm AEST) for the first Test of their four-match northern hemisphere tour on Saturday.

The match will be held in Oita, which was where they were beaten by England in the quarter final of the World Cup in 2019.

Coach Dave Rennie is expected to name a strong team, with Quade Cooper at No.10. There are major doubts that he will carry on with the team to Europe for matches against Scotland, Wales and England.

Sean McMahon is missing which could see Lachie Swinton to return, while Rob Leota is tipped to be running Pete Samu close to a start.

Japan are ranked No.10 in the world and coached by Jamie Joseph and Tony Brown.

“Always brutal, always high pace, so I expect the same,” Rennie said about the pair last week.

“They’ve got Scott Hansen in the mix from a defence point of view, obviously a smart man who has worked a lot with the Crusaders.

“They’ve got a very good, astute coaching group.

“They fronted pretty well against the Lions (in June), went very close to beating Ireland, had a fantastic World Cup, they’ve got a lot of experience in the group now and a number of foreigners who have done their time here and are now eligible to play for Japan.

“They’ve got a really good mix and a lot of confidence in their game.”

The Wallabies last played Japan in 2017, winning 63-30.

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