For World Rugby soon America

Made. Or almost. Barring an unlikely twist, World Rugby will write a new page in its long history this Thursday afternoon. For the first time, authorities are crediting the organization of the main event, the men’s World Cup, to a country still very foreign to the practice and culture of the oval ball: the United States.

Like the IOC and several other international federations, World Rugby has abandoned its old host country selection process where candidates competed for votes until the point of voting. Instead, a body chaired by the Englishman Bill Beaumont sorts through the applicants in order to immediately receive a reduced selection of the so-called “preferential“. Suspense loses a lot.

Meeting this Thursday 12 May in Dublin, the World Rugby Council will not have to vote between multiple drafts. Its 44 members will be invited to vote for or against the list of the three host countries of the five World Cups – women in 2025, 2029 and 2033, men in 2027 and 2031 – England, Australia and the USA. Twenty-three votes are required to pass a proposal.

So the mass has already been said. England will inherit the Women’s World Cup in 2025. Thus, she will add to the already rich list of women’s world championships in 2010 and two men’s world championships in 1991 and 2015.

In the future, World Rugby will leave Europe. The tournament will be played consecutively in doubles, in Australia in 2027 (men) and in 2029 (women), then in the United States in the next two tournaments: men’s in 2031 and women’s in 2033.

The choice of Australia causes few comments. The crushing power of world rugby, the country is one of the territories where world rugby should be held regularly as part of the World Cup. The Australians shared the organization of the Men’s World Cup with New Zealand in 1987. Then in 2003 they got the planetary tournament alone.

The United States, on the other hand, will be a turning point, as happened in Japan with the 2019 Men’s Rugby World Cup. Alan Gilpin, managing director of World Rugby, relentlessly repeats this in front of all the microphones: “The North American continent has commercial and sporting potential that has yet to be exploited. We are convinced that the consecutive organization of two World Cups in two years can be a winning strategy for rugby.

Thus, World Rugby cannot miss such an opportunity. The authorities have never hidden their North American ambitions. His frequent screams with his feet have been heard in the United States.

The recent support, shown by the White House in the form of a letter sent by Joe Biden to Bill Beaumont, is the final piece of the puzzle. The American president, sensitive to rugby due to his Irish heritage, explained that the two tournaments would benefit from “government guarantees”. He added: “AOn behalf of the people of the United States, I am pleased to offer my unconditional support to this nominee.“.

Two dozen cities could host World Cup matches between 2031 and 2033, according to the American Federation (USA Rugby), the sponsor of the project. The initial budget was estimated at half a billion dollars. Any profit (or loss) will be split between World Rugby and USA Rugby.

In the highly likely event that the organization’s Council gives the green light this Thursday afternoon in Dublin, the United States will offer itself a number of major sporting events unique in history, including the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup (co-hosted with Canada and Mexico), the Los Angeles Summer Games in 2028, and the Rugby World Cups in 2031 and 2033. A list to which the Salt Lake City Winter Games in 2030 or 2034 could be added.

Australia will also be able to prepare for an exciting decade: the Women’s World Cup in 2023 (shared with New Zealand), the Commonwealth Games in Victoria in 2026, two world rugby tournaments in 2027 and 2029 and finally the Brisbane Summer Games. in 2032.