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The US has received its bid to host the Rugby World Cup for the primary time: the boys’s match in 2031 and the ladies’s in 2033.
World Rugby announced the subsequent spherical of host nations as ushering in a “golden decade for the game,” 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.
Right here are some things to know in regards to the match:
The Rugby World Cup is an enormous occasion
Each 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. Greater than 1.7 million folks reportedly attended the last men’s RWC in 2019 in Japan, the primary Asian nation to host.
The lads’s match features 20 teams, break up into swimming pools and taking part in nearly 50 video games complete over seven weeks at venues unfold throughout the host nation. The ladies’s World Cup may have 16 groups taking part in in an identical format; sometimes there have been 12 groups, however the sport’s governing physique is expanding the tournament (efficient in 2025) as a part of its efforts to develop the ladies’s recreation.
The U.S. rugby groups’ information
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 once they host later this 12 months (after a delay due to the pandemic).
The American males’s greatest efficiency has been successful one recreation, 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. can be competitive and draw the huge 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 taking part in in a dozen U.S. cities. There are semi-pro and beginner grownup groups, varsity and membership collegiate packages, youth rugby camps, wheelchair rugby and contact (non-tackle) rugby leagues, for starters. USA Rugby lists state contacts.
World Rugby has formally introduced that the USA will likely be internet hosting the Males’s 2031 and Lady’s 2033 World Cups!
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Amy Morgan is an editor at NPR. She performed rugby for 16 years, co-founded rugby groups in two states, and tweets @amymorganedits.