"England in the mix" - Four countries set to bid for 2035 Rugby World Cup - Ruck

“England in the mix” – Four countries set to bid for 2035 Rugby World Cup

The competition is intensifying as four countries are vying for the opportunity to host the Rugby World Cup in 2035 and 2037.

World Rugby has made the decision to grant hosting rights for both the men’s and women’s tournaments with a two-year gap in between.

Following France’s hosting of the men’s Rugby World Cup in 2023, England will take the reins and stage the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2025.

Moving forward, Australia has secured the hosting rights for the men’s tournament in 2027, followed by the women’s event in 2029.

Breaking new ground, World Rugby has chosen the United States as the host for both the men’s and women’s tournaments in 2031 and 2033 respectively.

Now, let’s take a closer look at the four countries currently contending to host the Rugby World Cup in 2035 and 2037.

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The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has made an official announcement, formally putting forward Italy’s candidacy to host Euro 2032, the prestigious European football championship.

This bid has also been backed by the Italian Rugby Federation (FIR), indicating a potential ripple effect for the nation’s bid to host the Rugby World Cup.

With ten cities expressing their interest in hosting Euro 2032, including Milan, Turin, Verona, Genoa, Bologna, Florence, Rome, Naples, Bari, and Cagliari, Italy’s bid boasts an impressive array of potential venues. Many of these cities are no strangers to Test match rugby, with some even holding records for the highest rugby attendance in the country. For instance, Milan saw a staggering 80,074 fans pack into the San Siro stadium for a Test match between the Italian national team, known as the Azzurri, and New Zealand in 2009.

As Italy vies for the opportunity to host Euro 2032, the support from the Italian Rugby Federation and the potential for stadium upgrades across the nation could also bolster their bid to host the Rugby World Cup in the future.


In the statement on the Italian union’s website they said: “The Italian Rugby Federation expresses its full support for the candidacy of the Italian Football Federation to host Euro2032 and wishes the best success to President (Gabriele) Gravina, the federal structure and all the stakeholders involved.

“The Italian rugby governing body intends to work in synergy with the FIGC and with all the stakeholders involved to ensure that the process of upgrading the stadiums identified in the dossier takes place taking into due consideration the needs of elite international rugby, an essential condition for be able to present, in the immediate future, an Italian candidacy for the 2035 (Men’s) and 2037 (Women’s) Rugby World Cup.”

Italy line up for the anthem during the Six Nations Match between England and Italy at Twickenham, London on 12 Feb 2023 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)