Rugby World Cup heading to Australia in 2027 and 2029

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Australia has won the bid to host Rugby World Cup tournaments in 2027 and 2029 following a strong push by the WA Government.

The Rugby World Cup will head to Australia in 2027 for the men’s and 2029 for the women’s tournaments.

The McGowan Government threw its support behind the bid for the men’s tournament last year and is also working with Rugby Australia to be a host city for the women’s world tournament.

World Rugby executives and the Australian 2027 bid team were in Perth last month for a final presentation by the Government and Tourism WA at Optus Stadium.

When Perth last hosted the men’s tournament in 2003 at the old Subiaco Oval, $41 million in visitor spend was generated in Western Australia with the 2027 and 2029 Rugby World Cups set to be significantly bigger in terms of revenue.

Tourism Minister Roger Cook said the win was “another major milestone in Western Australia’s major event strategy”.

“The State Government has been working closely with Rugby Australia to ensure WA plays a major role in this truly international sporting championship,” he said.

“The World Rugby officials were blown away with what Perth and WA had to offer when I met them recently at Optus Stadium.

“The recent securing of an international rugby union test match in Perth, Wallabies v England, shows that rugby fever in WA is strong, and hosting the Rugby World Cup will provide yet another opportunity to grow Perth’s reputation on the world stage.”