England are going to bid to host the 2031 Rugby World Cup… which will take place just 16 years after they last held the tournament, and RFU wants to start a bidding process soon
- England want to host the Rugby World Cup for the third time in their history
- RFU Chairman Tom Ilube confirmed interest in bidding on the event
- France will host the next tournament in 2023, with Australia likely to follow in 2027
England are gearing up to bid for the 2031 Rugby World Cup, and if successful, the country would host the tournament twice in just 16 years.
With the 2023 league in France and Australia leading the way for 2027, England are looking to host next.
As of the 2015 World Cup, the RFU generated a turnover of £228.1 million – so 2031 could give a huge boost to the governing body after Covid, which has shaken their accounts.
France will host the next Rugby World Cup in 2023, but England will try to host the tournament again in 2031
So new RFU chairman Tom Ilube wants to kick off the bidding process soon.
“We want to bid on that – the 2031 World Cup,” he confirmed.
“That would be really exciting to have it here and you can imagine what it would be like and I think that really gives us a focus as well.”
While the RFU provided good revenue from the 2015 event, England are hoping to improve on their disastrous performance during the tournament.
England only hosted the World Cup in 2015, when they were dumped in the group stage after catastrophic defeats at the hands of Wales and Australia (above)
England will hope for better fortunes when they host the tournament again in 2031
Stuart Lancaster’s team were dumped from the group stage after a narrow loss to Wales and a 20-point loss to Australia at Twickenham, which sent both rivals to the quarter-finals at the expense of England.
New Zealand went on to triumph in the tournament which was later dominated by countries in the Southern Hemisphere, with Australia beating Australia in the final and South Africa beating Argentina in the play-off for third place.
Should England’s bid succeed, it would be the third time they have hosted the tournament overall since its inception in 1987, having also hosted the 1991 edition alongside France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
South Africa is the current world champion after beating England in the 2019 final when the tournament was held in Japan.
South Africa is the current world champion after beating England in the 2019 final