Russian president Vladimir Putin has backed a bid to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup.
Russia Rugby federation have confirmed the news that they will bid to stage the worldwide event. The Russian bid comes after Argentina dropped out of the running. Pichot, former player was quoted saying in April, “We discussed it with Australia and we thought it was not good for us to compete against our partner,” Argentine Pichot was quoted as saying”. “So we decided to just let Australia run because they also had a stronger project.”
The official host bidding officially gets underway in February 2021. The decision on who will host the tournament is expected in May 2022. The Russian Rugby Federation said in a statement,” On July 24, the supreme council of the Russian Rugby Federation established a committee to prepare an application to host the Rugby World Cup in Russia in 2027,”.
Anticipating the creation of the committee, chairman of the supreme council of the Russian Rugby Federation Igor Artemyev recalled that the initiative to prepare an application to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup in Russia was supported by the president of Russia at the council for the development of physical culture and sports.
The statement continued ,”The necessary consultations were held with the participation of the ministry of sports. By the end of this year detailed information and criteria for the application are expected.”
The 2023 tournament is to be held in France. After the French held off competition from Ireland and South Africa. Japan hosted the 2019 equivalent in which South Africa claimed the title beating England in the final 32-12.