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Will O'Callaghan
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12.38 20 May 2021


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Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan believes hosting the 2027 Rugby World Cup is a "once-in-a-generation opportunity" for the country. 

Australia announced their bid to stage the event this morning and they'll submit a detailed bid proposal to World Rugby next month. Organisers say they're hoping to make use of between eight and ten stadiums if they're successful and anticipate 200,000 supporters attending from across the world.

“Hosting Rugby World Cup 2027 is a once-in-a generation opportunity for Australia, which would drive substantial economic outcomes for our country, while also providing a lasting legacy for rugby in this region,” McLennan said at the launch in Sydney.

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“It would also allow us to support the Australian government’s ambitions around major events in what is shaping up to be a green and gold decade for the nation – from the Fiba Women’s World Cup in 2022, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2022, Fifa Women’s World Cup in 2023, the British and Irish Lions Tour in 2025, Netball World Cup in 2027, and the exciting potential of an Olympic Games in Queensland in 2032.”

Australia last staged the World Cup in 2003 and also co-hosted the inaugural tournament with New Zealand in 1987.

“Hosting Rugby World Cup 2027 would be a transformational moment for the game in this country and the Pacific, presenting an enormous opportunity to grow the game,” World Cup-winning hooker Phil Kearns said of their bid.

World Rugby will make a decision next year as to where the event will take place.

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