RFU confirms England plan to bid for 2031 Rugby World Cup

  • ‘We would like to bid for that,’ says RFU chair Tom Ilube
  • England struck out solo after home-nations bid stalled

The Rugby Football Union has confirmed its intention to bid to host the 2031 World Cup as part of a long-term vision also designed to ensure England are consistently in the top two in the rankings, as outlined by the new chair, Tom Ilube.

World Rugby’s council is due to vote on the host nations for the 2027 and 2031 tournaments next May with candidates due to formally submit bids by January. Australia are favourites to be awarded the 2027 World Cup while the USA is also interested in bidding for either edition.

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