Rugby Australia has today thanked the Australian Government following its commitment to support Australia’s bid to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup.
The Rugby World Cup is the world’s third biggest major international sporting event which reaches a global audience of 857 million rugby fans.
It is projected that hosting the 2027 Rugby World Cup across Australia would deliver $2 billion in direct and indirect expenditure to the economy, through a total attendance of more than two million and over 200,000 international visitors expected to travel here for the six week tournament.
Rugby Australia commenced its Foundation Planning in October last year with the Host of the 2027 Rugby World Cup set to be announced by World Rugby in May 2022.
Rugby Australia Chairman, Hamish McLennan said: “On behalf of Rugby Australia and the Australian Rugby community, I want to thank Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Australian Government for supporting Australia’s bid to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup.
“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for our country and we have already made significant headway in laying the foundations for a successful bid.
“We look forward to working closely with the Australian Government over the coming months to present a compelling bid that will deliver significant economic benefit to Australia,” McLennan said.
Rugby World Cup 2027 Bid Advisory Board Chairman, Sir Rod Eddington said: “I want to echo Hamish’s gratitude to the Australian Government for their commitment to supporting Australia’s World Cup bid.
“Hosting the Rugby World Cup would be transformational, not only for the game in this country and the Asia Pacific region, but also for Australia’s economy as we emerge and re-establish ourselves in a post-COVID world.
“The hard work is well underway, and the Bid Advisory Board has already made significant headway through this Foundation Planning phase. We’re excited to continue our dialogue with World Rugby as well as engaging further with the Australian Government and the respective State Governments,” Eddington said.
The 2019 showpiece in Japan was the most economically successful Rugby World Cup ever, with over $7.5 billion generated in economic output and attracting more than 240,000 international visitors.