Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) has recommended
England to the IRB Council as host of Rugby World Cup 2015 and
Japan as host of Rugby World Cup 2019.
comes after a comprehensive tender analysis process involving
evaluation and independent
financial, commercial and legal analysis of each of the tenders.
“All the tenders were of a very high standard and each
Union demonstrated that they could host an excellent Rugby World
Cup. It is a tribute to the health of the game and the enormous
prestige of RWC that the field was so strong,” said RWCL Chairman
“Both Italy and South Africa submitted
comprehensive tenders with very strong government support and
would be capable of hosting outstanding Rugby World Cup
tournaments now or in the future. I would like to thank and
congratulate them both for the quality of their tenders. However,
there could only be two recommended Unions and after detailed
review, the RWCL Board decided that England and Japan would
provide the best balanced combination of hosts for the continued
world-wide development of the game.”
As the world’s third-largest sporting event,
the Rugby World Cup is the driving force behind the global development
of Rugby worldwide.
The tournament’s commercial success provides
the IRB with the platform to invest £150 million between 2009-2012
across all 116 Member Unions in the form of annual Union grants
and the strategic investment programme that is designed to
increase the competitiveness of the game.
“A tournament in England would allow the IRB to maximise funding
available for investment in the game through a strong commercial programme and a great RWC showcase. In the heart of the UK’s
proposed Decade of Sport, RWCL believes that the RFU will deliver
a RWC that will capture the imagination, attract strong
attendances at superb venues and maximise the festival experience
for the millions of attending supporters,” Lapasset said.
the recommendation for RWC 2019, the RWCL Board believes that a
Rugby World Cup in Japan would provide a gateway to the further
development and expansion of the game in Asia, reaching out to new
young fans and providing a superb spectacle for the
RWCL Board is also recommending that, unless compelling reasons
can be presented for matches to be held in other territories, they
should only be held in the respective Host Unions as a matter of
The recommendation on the RWC 2015 and RWC 2019
Host Unions is the culmination of an extensive analysis process
that kicked off in August 2008.
The 74-page recommendation report
will now be sent to the IRB Council for consideration before it
selects the Host Unions for Rugby World Cup 2015 and Rugby World
Cup 2019 at a Special Meeting in Dublin on July 28.
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