Australia bids for 2027 World Cup
The country’s rugby federation submitted its application on Thursday to host the 2027 World Cup. Hamish McLennan, President of Rugby Australia in Sydney, said: “This is an exciting day for all Australians as we are officially bidding to host the third largest sporting event in the world. The decision is expected in May.
The game, originally from the UK, plays a major role in Australia, which, according to McLennan, has 405 million fans worldwide. “Holding the 2027 Rugby World Cup is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Australia, which will bring significant economic benefits to our country while at the same time creating a lasting tradition for rugby in the region,” he said.
The six-week World Cup 2027 could therefore bring in about A $ 2.5 billion (approximately 6 1.6 billion) in direct and indirect revenue and attract more than 200,000 international spectators. This application is supported by the Government of Australia.
The Australian national team, known as the “Wallabies”, won two World Cups in 1991 and 1999. They finished second in 2003 and 2015. (dpa / jph)