Sydney, Australia, May 20 (EFE).- Australia has launched a bid to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup, the chairman of Rugby Australia announced Thursday.
“This is an exciting day for all Australians as we formally put our hand up to host the third-largest sporting event in the world,” Hamish McLennan said in a statement.
“Hosting Rugby World Cup 2027 is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Australia, which would drive substantial economic outcomes for our country, while also providing a lasting legacy for Rugby in this region,” he said.
Australia, which looks to bring the event to the country for the third time, will face competition from the United States and Russia, among others, to host the tournament.
Twenty teams participate in the event, which is held every four years.
Two-time champion Australia co-hosted the inaugural World Cup with New Zealand in 1987 and was the sole host of the event in 2003.
RA’s 2027 Bid Advisory Board Chairman Rod Eddington said the 2027 Rugby World Cup was expected to attract more than 2 million spectators during the event’s seven weeks, including 200,000 international visitors, and generate AUD 2.5 billion ($ 1.94 billion.)
“This event is a beacon to the business community and tourists around the world. We cannot underestimate the significance hosting this tournament would have for Australia’s economy,” he said.
The next Rugby World Cup will be held in 2023 in France. Japan hosted the event in 2019 and the United Kingdom in 2015. EFE