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UK Sport confirms intention to bid for another Rugby World Cup

UK Sport has confirmed hosting the 2030 World Cup would be the “crowning achievement” of a plan to stage dozens of big events over the next 15 years.

As well as the World Cup, the government’s elite sport agency would like to attract the starts of all three of cycling’s grand tours by 2025, stage a Ryder Cup in England and bid again for the men’s and women’s Rugby World Cups.

Having failed with bids for the 2006 and 2018 World Cups, the FA is conducting a feasibility study about making a joint bid for 2030 with the three other home nations and the Republic of Ireland.

It says the targets “reinforce the country’s status as a world-leading host of major sporting events”.

  • The start of the Giro d’Italia, Vuelta d’Espana and Tour de France
  • The 2025 Women’s Rugby Union World Cup
  • The 2026 Ryder Cup
  • The 2027 World Athletics Championships
  • The 2030 Football World Cup
  • The 2031 Rugby Union World Cup

Events already secured by UK Sport include the men’s 2019 Cricket World Cup, 2019 Netball World Cup, 2019 Solheim Cup, 2019 World Wheelchair Curling Championships, Euro 2020 Football Championships, 2021 Rugby League World Cup, 2022 Commonwealth Games, and 2022 World Gymnastics Championships.


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