After the game’s governing body announced the host nations for five men’s and women’s tournaments, the Rugby World Cup will be held in the United States for the first time in 2031.
The men’s Rugby World Cup will be held in Australia in 2027, while the women’s World Cups will be held in England (2025), Australia (2029) and the United States (2033).
North American officials hope to grow rugby in a non-traditional country by hosting the showpiece.
“Today, we have approved three exceptional Rugby World Cup host nations — England, Australia and USA — providing unprecedented certainty and an unparallelled opportunity to accelerate the growth and impact of rugby globally,” said World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont.
“It is great for rugby, for fans and for the host nations.”
USA Rugby chief executive Ross Young said: “We look forward to partnering with World Rugby in the years ahead to ensure that our preparations for these tournaments and the events themselves are a paradigm-shifting catalyst for the growth of our sport, not only here in the United States but around the world.”
As a result, officials were determined not to repeat the mistake of choosing South Africa for the 2023 World Cup only to lose out in a subsequent vote to France.