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Process to Choose Hosts of Rugby World Cup 2025, 2027, 2029 and 2031 Begins

(31 Oct 2021) The process to determine future hosts of the mens and womens Rugby World Cups has officially kicked off with the start of the Dialogue phase, enabling interested nations to start to shape bids.

The process, which involves three phases Dialogue, Candidate and Evaluation, will determine hosts of the 2025 and 2029 womens events, and the 2027 and 2031 mens Rugby World Cups.

World Rugbys will select the four future hosts at its Annual Meeting in May 2022 via an open electronic vote after considering a risk-based evaluation, rather than a recommendation. Multi-nation bids are being welcomed.

Action from the Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2019. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

Rugby World Cup is all about unity and this process marks a bold, best-practice approach for the sport. By awarding four hosts at the same time, the sport will have long-term strategic certainty, enabling us to advance commercial and broadcast partnerships and maximise revenue for reinvestment across our unions and the wider game, said World Rugby Chairman, Sir Bill Beaumont. It is also an accessible and inclusive process. It is important for everyone that the costs of bidding are minimised and therefore by jointly building bespoke bids we can ensure an approach that is good for nations and good for rugby, maximising participation, societal and economic returns for all.

The last men's Rugby World Cup in 2019 attracted the biggest-ever domestic broadcast audience for a rugby match of more than 54 million and a participation boost of over 750,000, while a recent Nielsen study confirmed it delivered a significant boost to national pride. France is the host of Rugby World Cup 2023.

The ninth womens Rugby World Cup is scheduled to take place this year in New Zealand between 18 September and 16 October 2021. Ireland hosted the event in 2017.

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