The United States was confirmed as the host of the men’s showpiece event in 2031 and will stage the women’s tournament two years later.
The organizers were finalized after a meeting of the World Rugby Council in Dublin.
“This is a historic day for rugby in Australia. We are thrilled to welcome not one, but two World Cups to our shores,” said Hamish McLennan, chairman of Rugby Australia.
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“This is a game-changer for rugby in this country, an opportunity for a generation to revive and secure the future of the sport here, and the sport we all love will grow and improve for years to come.”
Australia and England have previously been named “candidates of choice” when the United States negotiated with World Rugby as part of a new selection model introduced last year aimed at accelerating the growth of the game.
Australia will host the men’s competition for the third time since 1987 – co-hosted with New Zealand – and 2003. England hosted the women’s event in 2010 when it would be the first World Cup on American soil.
U.S. President Joe Biden backed his country’s bid last month, promising to promote the sport in the country and provide “the most successful rugby world cup in history.”
“USA Rugby will now enter a new era and ensure that the most valuable sporting event is a springboard to create lasting, enduring excitement and passion for rugby from coast to coast.”