Approved: Rugby World Cup set for significant expansion - Ruck

Approved: Rugby World Cup set for significant expansion

The Rugby World Cup will be reportedly be expanded from the 2031 tournament onwards as World Rugby continue to attempt to grow the game worldwide.

It’s been reported by The Times today that ‘The United States want to expand the World Cup to 24 teams, and add a last-16 stage, when they host the tournament in 2031.’

The expansion would result in an extra knock-out round with a last 16 stage prior to the quarter-finals. Read the details in full of the new format here.

World Rugby are expected to rubber-stamp the hosts of four Rugby World Cups at a two-day meeting beginning tomorrow.

Australia is due to be the main beneficiary having already been declared as the preferred candidate for the men’s Rugby World Cup in 2027 and the women’s event in 2029.

England, having staged the women’s event in 2010, is the preferred candidate to host the Women’s tournament again in 2025 with the US awarded the men’s 2031 edition.


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