Australia is expected to be confirmed as the 2027 host nation rugby world cup on Thursday and could point to Eddie Jones to help his bid for success on home soil.
The World Rugby council will meet in Dublin to confirm the host nations for the 2027 and 2031 tournaments, the latter lined up to break new ground in the USA, as well as the next three Women’s World Cup tournaments.
Australia have been identified as the preferred candidate for the 2027 men’s tournament and after the union secured the necessary financial backing from the federal government in March, it is little more than a formality that they will be confirmed on Thursday.
World Rugby revised its bidding process after the controversial decision to award France the 2023 tournament five years ago, after South Africa had been recommended in an independent assessment, and another late U-turn is inconceivable.
Australia last hosted the World Cup in 2003, when England were crowned champions after Jonny Wilkinson’s famous goal against Jones’s Wallabies in the final. Jones’ contract with England runs out after the 2023 tournament and although he has recently been linked with a move to Racing 92, his future after ending ties with the Rugby Football Union is unclear.
Dave Rennie is Australia’s current head coach and it is believed his contract could run until the British & Irish Lions tour of Australia in 2025, depending on how his team fare at France 2023. Brumbies, Dan McKellar, is online. as his potential successor, though failing in France would certainly lead to a rethink, and Jones’ World Cup experience and record is not lost on Rugby Australia. Indeed, the governing body could seek Jones’ assistance in a broader capacity for the 2027 tournament. In 2019, before Rennie was appointed, Jones was briefly linked with a homecoming after the World Cup. Japan.
His departure in 2005 was acrimonious, but the 2027 bid team has expressed a desire to have Jones on board. Last month, former Wallabies hooker and bid leader Phil Kearns said: “I think it would be amazing if Eddie had a role in the future of Australian rugby. I think those [broken] the bridges should be rebuilt well and really and pave the way for Eddie to come back in some role.”
Meanwhile, the decision to award the 2031 tournament to the US will be a big one as rugby union looks to expand into new commercial markets. The President of the United States, Joe Biden, has given their written endorsement of the offer but nonetheless, there is room for embarrassment if Team USA fails to advance in their playoff against Chile and reach the 2023 World Cup tournament.
The World Rugby council is also expected to confirm England as host of the 2025 Women’s World Cup and award the 2029 and 2033 tournaments to Australia and the United States, respectively. The delayed 2021 tournament will take place in New Zealand in the autumn with England favored to regain the title they won in 2014.
The council will also vote on whether to make the five global legal judgments, including the 50:22 and goal-line abandonment, permanent. While the 50:22 law has received popular support and is expected to win a 75% majority for adoption in the long term, it is understood that there is some opposition to abandoning the goal line within the countries of origin, which which could lead to it. being abandoned. Recently, current England captain Courtney Lawes identified it as the one law she would scrap if given the chance.
World Rugby is also understood to have abandoned any plans to test the 20-minute red card law on a global scale amid widespread opposition within the Northern Hemisphere.
Meanwhile, discussions continue in Dublin over the proposal for a north versus south “Championship of Nations” to be launched in 2026. A concrete decision will be made at the next World Rugby council meeting in November, but stakeholders perceive this week as crucial for progress. be done if the tournament is to come to pass.