CONFIRMED: Australia to host two Rugby World Cups!

Rugby fans down under will have an extra spring in their step today, with confirmation Australia has been confirmed as the host of not one, but two Rugby World Cups.

The World Rugby Council has selected Australia as the host of both the 2027 men’s and 2029 women’s tournaments following a final vote in Dublin on Thursday.

It means Australia will become the first country to host three showpiece men’s Rugby World Cups, while also welcoming the women’s tournament for the first time in 2029.


Rugby Australia CEO Andy Marinos described the news as an “incredible day for our Country and our game,” declaring it the start of a new era for Australian Rugby.

“Through Rugby World Cup 2027 and 2029 we look forward to sharing this great game, showcasing our beautiful and diverse country and its people and importantly growing the sport in communities all over the country,” Mr Marinos said.

“We now have a golden decade of Rugby in front of us, with the British & Irish Lions series in 2025, Rugby World Cups in 2027 and 2029, 2032 Olympic Games and a host of international men’s and women’s teams due to visit Australia for XVs and 7s fixtures.

“Australia will become the centre of the Rugby world over the next decade and that is incredibly exciting.”

The dual events are set to deliver a $2.8 billion economic windfall.

Rugby Australia Chairman Hamish McLennan praised those who worked on the bid for both events, calling it a ‘once-in-a-generation’ opportunity.

“This is a historic day for Rugby in Australia. We’re beyond thrilled to be welcoming not one, but two Rugby World Cups to our shores,” he said.

“It’s a game-changer for Rugby in this country, a once-in-a-generation opportunity to revitalise and secure the future of the sport here and see the game we all love grow and thrive for years to come.”