An Albanese Labor Government will offer its full support to the upcoming Rugby World Cups in 2027 and 2029, following confirmation that Australia will play host.
This is exciting news on so many levels.
It will be the first time Australia will host the Women’s Rugby World Cup.
It also means Australia will be the first nation to host the men’s Rugby World Cup three times, returning to the place where the inaugural tournament was held 40 years ago.
Labor recognises the huge benefits that hosting the Rugby World Cups can bring and is committed to maximising these opportunities.
They are expected to generate $2.8 billion in direct and indirect investment, 14,000 jobs and to stimulate more than $500 million in new trade and investment.
Grassroots rugby will also benefit, with some 30,000 new players expected to be drawn to the sport as a result of having these exciting events happen right here at home.
The Rugby World Cups are an ideal lead-in to the 2032 Brisbane Olympics, giving us a chance to showcase the best of Australia to a global audience.
Quotes attributable to Anthony Albanese:
“Australians love sports and the big international sports codes love Australia’s world-class facilities and organisational prowess.
“An Albanese Labor Government will be right behind the organisers so Australians can watch the Wallabies and Wallaroos lift the World Cup on home soil.”
Quotes attributable to Don Farrell:
“The economic benefits of attracting global events like these are clear.
“But they also leave a valuable and long-lasting legacy by inspiring participation in sport among young people.
“Rugby Australia and the other stakeholders involved in this bid should hold their heads high for the fantastic work they’ve done in bringing these events to Australia.
“They can be assured of on-going support from an Albanese Labor Government.”