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The United States has received its bid to host the Rugby World Cup for the primary time: the lads’s event in 2031 and the ladies’s in 2033.
World Rugby announced the following spherical of host nations as ushering in a “golden decade for the sport,” tapping veteran hosts England (girls’s World Cup in 2025) and Australia (2027 males’s and 2029 girls’s tournaments) along with the U.S.
Here are some things to know concerning the event:
The Rugby World Cup is a giant occasion
Every 4 years, qualifying groups (and their followers) from around the globe converge in a single nation for the weeks-long competitors for the world title. More than 1.7 million folks reportedly attended the final males’s RWC in 2019 in Japan, the primary Asian nation to host.
The males’s event options 20 groups, cut up into swimming pools and enjoying virtually 50 video games whole over seven weeks at venues unfold throughout the host nation. The girls’s World Cup may have 16 groups enjoying in an analogous format; usually there have been 12 groups, however the sport’s governing physique is expanding the event (efficient in 2025) as a part of its efforts to develop the ladies’s sport.
The U.S. rugby groups’ data
The U.S. Eagles received the primary girls’s Rugby World Cup in 1991. USA was the runner up on the subsequent two girls’s World Cups, after which positioned fourth in 2017. No host nation has ever received the ladies’s title, however the U.S. will likely be seeking to change that if the reigning champions, New Zealand, do not beat them to that distinction after they host later this 12 months (after a delay as a result of pandemic).
The American males’s greatest efficiency has been successful one sport, the final time in 2011’s World Cup.
Rugby is performed all around the U.S.
The world will likely be watching to see if the U.S. could be aggressive and draw the large crowds which have flocked to world cups within the rugby strongholds of Europe and the Southern Hemisphere.
For now, there’s ample alternative for followers to get in on the sport in individual and prep for the large occasion. Major League Rugby has males’s groups enjoying in a dozen U.S. cities. There are semi-pro and novice grownup groups, varsity and membership collegiate applications, youth rugby camps, wheelchair rugby and contact (non-tackle) rugby leagues, for starters. USA Rugby lists contacts in virtually each state.
World Rugby has formally introduced that the USA will likely be internet hosting the Men’s 2031 and Woman’s 2033 World Cups!
— New England Free Jacks (@NEFreeJacks) May 12, 2022
Amy Morgan is an editor at NPR. She performed rugby for 16 years, co-founded rugby groups in two states, and tweets @amymorganedits.