Australia open to hosting joint 2027 World Cup with neighbours

The Wallabies have revealed they’re open to sharing the 2027 World Cup, and could potentially offer New Zealand a number of pool matches in its bid.

New RA chairman Hamish McLennan has declared he is open to sharing games across the Tasman to strengthen a relationship he says has taken on increasing importance because of COVID-19’s impact.

“At the end of the day, there’s a lot of history between our two countries so I’m really open to that,” McLennan told Sky TV in NZ.

“I want to have a friendly and co-operative relationship with [New Zealand]. You are what you are, you’re a fantastic rugby nation.

“We’re really keen to win it and if you got a few pool games or a pool, I’d be up for that.”


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MARKED | How BBC rated England’s players in 2003 World Cup final

Josh Lewsey: Again proved his worth in the number 15 jersey. Made some dynamic runs and kept the pressure on the Aussie midfield. 7

Jason Robinson: Always looked dangerous with the ball. Had little chance stopping Australia’s try, but did his job at the other end touching down. 8

Will Greenwood: Handled the ball well with some creative touches and put in some big tackles but ultimately failed to shine. 6

Mike Tindall: More direct than creative, but did the job he was asked to do. Produced a vital clearance in the second half before making way for Mike Catt. 7

Ben Cohen: Worked tirelessly off the ball and did little wrong. Was given little opportunity to show his class with the ball. 6

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