World Cup chiefs want to transform rugby into a truly global sport
The ambition for future World Cups is to expand to new markets — and Japan is just the beginning
This year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan is being used as a catalyst for non-traditional rugby nations to stage the event, with the US and China both earmarked as possible future hosts.
Speaking with 100 days to go until the tournament kicks off for the first time outside a tier-one nation, Alan Gilpin, the head of Rugby World Cup, revealed that this year’s competition would be one of the first significant steps in trying to transform rugby into a global sport.
After the 2023 World Cup in France, the 2027 tournament is likely to be staged in a “newer territory”. This publication understands that the US is one of the favourites, with China, Argentina and Brazil under consideration for a later tournament...