Australia to bid for 2021 and 2027 World Cups

first_imgThe country last hosted a men’s tournament in 2003, where Australia lost in a thrilling extra-time to England in Sydney.World Rugby recently awarded the 2023 tournament to France, making a 2027 Southern Hemisphere host more likely, though it was initially thought any Australian bid wouldn’t come until 2031.Ireland legend Brian O’Driscoll backed Australia to host the tournament again when asked at the 2023 bid announcement last month as well.Rugby Australia chairman Cameron Clyne said bringing the competition to Australia would help ignite passion in young rugby fans.”As we edge closer to the 15th anniversary of the last Rugby World Cup played in Australia, regarded by many as the greatest in the tournament’s history, we are excited to confirm that Rugby Australia will bid for the hosting rights for the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2021 and the 2027 (Men’s) Rugby World Cup,” he said. “The Rugby World Cup is the pinnacle for our Qantas Wallabies and Buildcorp Wallaroos teams and we want to bring those tournaments home for any player, boy or girl, man or woman, who ever dreamed of lifting the Cup here on our home soil.”The renovation of ANZ Stadium and Allianz Stadium would appear crucial in any Australian World Cup bid, with ANZ the host for the 2003 Rugby World Cup final, and both renovations are slated to be well complete by 2027.The news comes off the back of the announcement earlier on Wednesday about the launch of a Super W competition. Wallaroos captain Shannon Parry said Australia would be a brilliant host for the World Cup.“I have played in three Women’s Rugby World Cups and I know that we would be amazing hosts for the tournament. Australians love putting on a sporting show when we host major tournaments and events and it would be huge to bring the pinnacle of women’s XVs rugby to our shores.”The move to bid for the women’s World Cup is believed to be part of the motivation for launching the new tournament, to show Australia’s depth of talent and ability to nurture women’s rugby.There were whispers earlier this year that Australia would consider bidding for the next women’s international tournament, with Rugby Australia chairman Cameron Clyne open-minded about the move, when asked by RUGBY.com.au in October.It seems likely Australia would follow the strategy of Ireland in any World Cup staging, potentially using universities and smaller, boutique grounds to host matches, something that worked well in Ireland, with plenty of sold-out games.Pulver said he hoped the announcement would show a commitment to developing women’s rugby in Australia.“Bidding for the Women’s Rugby World Cup I hope signifies to the community how serious we are about making Rugby a game for all and growing female participation,” he said.”If we are successful with our bid, it will have an immediate and significant impact on women’s rugby.”“The Australian rugby community has been incredibly proud of the growth of the women’s game in recent times and I know that this crucial competition is going to supercharge this growth in future years.”last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories You didn’t think Richard Sherman would wake up to see Patrick Peterson had signed the richest cornerback deal in NFL history and not say anything did you? If so, you must have forgotten the back and forth these two had just two short months ago. The Seattle Seahawks outspoken cornerback tweeted a photo with his Super Bowl ring early Wednesday. He’s not “mad” about the $48 million Peterson is guaranteed. Really, he’s not. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. A guest of Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Wednesday, Peterson responded to Sherman’s ring tweet.“Super Bowl is a team achievement, not individual.”Well said, Patrick. Sherman then went for the knockout blow:Can’t ever be too mad lmao… pic.twitter.com/ZHA28B9Tji— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) July 30, 2014 At least that’s what he wants you to believe. Tuesday night, Sherman retweeted this:Richard Sherman and Patrick Peterson combined to allow 8 touchdown passes in 2013. Peterson gave up seven of those.— Cody Swartz (@cbswartz5) July 30, 2014 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   LISTEN: Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Wednesday morning, Peterson fired off this tweet:Yu mad bro!!!! LMAO😂😂😂😂😭— Patrick Peterson (@RealPeterson21) July 30, 2014 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more