The RFU have responded to claims in Australia that England will launch bid to bring the Rugby World Cup back to England in 2027.
The 2027 World Cup is seen as a way to unite a sport struggling with financial difficulties, the Wallabies’ slide to seventh in the world rankings and bitter infighting.
.@RugbyAU Chairman, Hamish McLennan has announced the formation of an Advisory Board to oversee Rugby Australia’s historic bid to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup.— Rugby Australia (@RugbyAU) June 15, 2020
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So far, Argentina pulled out of the running last month and the only other country to publicly express interest is Russia. However, the USA and England have also been linked with a bid by Aussie chairman, Hamish McLennan.
“The bid will be launched next year with a decision to be made in 2022, so no one other than ourselves have formally indicated that they’ll put a bid forward at this point in time,” McLennan told ABC.
“We hear the US and potentially England may have a crack, so we’ll just wait and see but there’s a few months for the other bidders to register their interest.”
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One source told the Mail Online that a bid from the RFU for 2027 is ‘unlikely’, with the RFU instead keen on hosting the 2031 World Cup.
An RFU spokesperson also commented, revealing that they have ‘no plans in place to bid for 2027.’
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