Selected as the host of the Rugby World Cup

There was a lot of skepticism when the Soccer World Cup was held in the United States in 1994. Can a low-scoring match played by foreign stars capture the imagination of local American fans? As a result, the answer was yes. The World Cup sparked a football boom in the United States and opened up valuable new markets for global sports.

It’s a long way off, but rugby officials are hoping for something similar in the future. 2031 Men’s Rugby World Cup and 2033 Women’s Rugby World Cup Awards to America on Thursday. The 2031 tournament will be the first men’s Rugby World Cup to be held anywhere in the Western Hemisphere. (The women’s event was held in Canada in 2006.)

As rugby’s scope is more limited geographically, only a few countries played at the elite level, and only four countries had the biggest wins. The Rugby World Cup doesn’t reach the highest viewership that football’s World Cup and Olympics can enjoy. However, the men’s competition is one of the few international competitions that can plausibly claim to be the third largest sporting event in the world. Rugby officials acknowledged they are working to expand rugby’s status and scope, announcing the hosting of five upcoming tournaments on Thursday.

After the event, World Rugby President Bill Beaumont said: “Today, by approving three outstanding Rugby World Cup hosts – England, Australia and the USA – we can accelerate the growth and impact of rugby worldwide with unprecedented certainty and impact. It gave us an unparalleled opportunity.” It was approved by the World Rugby Council at its annual meeting in Dublin. “Great for rugby, fans and hosts.”

The World Cup awarded to the United States was one of the final five on Thursday. All championships to be held before the competition came to the United States were handed over to traditional powerhouses. For men, France in 2023, Australia in 2027, New Zealand in 2022, United Kingdom in 2025 and Australia in 2029 are women. England and Australia’s World Cup was approved on Thursday, coincidentally with the United States hosting it.

Rugby officials also said they worked to build relationships with the national executive bodies of each host country. Beaumont said the goal is “long-term and sustainable development, including the United States and women’s games in general.”

The American men have played in previous editions of the Rugby World Cup, but are usually against it when facing the major powers of the sport. The Americans have reached the last six World Cups, but only have 2 wins and 21 losses. In October, the team’s most recent international match, they lost 104-14 to three-time World Cup winners New Zealand.

The U.S. women’s team performed better on the pitch, winning the first World Cup in 1991 and finishing fourth in their most recent tournament in 2017.

However, rugby has already struggled to find a foothold in the crowded American sports environment filled with professional and collegiate matches of a sport much more familiar to American fans. Although more and more international events have attracted the attention of its fans, football matches and Formula One racing are a few steps ahead of rugby.

Cricket players, who have opened their eyes to the large and lucrative US market, have taken similar steps, designating the US along with the West Indies as co-hosts for the 2024 Twenty20 Men’s World Cup.

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