GLENDALE, CALIF. – The U.S. has officially made its bid to host either the 2027 or 2031 Rugby World Cup, hoping to become the first North American country to do so.
At this point, the only other country to bid so far is Australia.
“After working on this for a year now, we are confident in the strength of this bid, the support around us, the cities and stadiums interested in hosting, our country’s top-level infrastructure for large-scale sports events, and the opportunity the U.S. population of sports fans presents for rugby’s growth,” Jim Brown, USA Rugby’s bid leader, said in a statement regarding the bid.
It is also expected USA Rugby will eventually bid on the Women’s World Cup in 2029.
Among the cities expressing interest in hosting the event are Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.
While the U.S. will bid on both the 2027 and 2031 games, Brown notes the organization would prefer the latter tournament.