World News – AU – Rugby: Australia’s bid for 2027 World Cup gathers momentum with more government funding


Saturday October 31, 2020

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s bid for the 2027 Rugby World Cup received a boost on Saturday with an additional A $ 8million (£ 481million) in federal government funding as part of its broader efforts for post-coronavirus economic recovery

Hosting the tournament is expected to generate A $ 2 billion in direct and indirect spending, attract more than 200,000 international visitors for six weeks and create 12,000 jobs, Rugby Australia said in a statement

« I would like to thank Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Australian government for supporting Australia’s bid to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup, » Rugby Australia President Hamish McLennan said in a statement

« This is a unique opportunity for our country and we have already made significant progress in laying the groundwork for a successful candidacy »

Australia co-hosted the first 1987 World Cup with New Zealand and had the exclusive rights in 2003

Australian government sees global sporting events as a way to help rebuild the post-pandemic economy

The state government of Queensland plans to bid for the 2032 Olympics, while the state government of South Australia has been urged to reconsider its bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games

Athletics Australia (AA) also said this week that it is considering applying for the 2025 World Athletics Championships after starting discussions with the governing body World Athletics

« We’ve never had a senior world championships I think it would be a massive coup if we could pull it off, » AA chief executive Darren Gocher told the Australian newspaper

« It will depend on who else we go up against There is a desire from World Athletics for us to make at least one offer »

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World news – UA – Rugby: the candidacy of Australia at 2027 World Cup gathers momentum thanks to increased government funding



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