Queensland’s twin Rugby World Cup bid
Published Friday, 13 May, 2022 at 01:30 PM
Minister for Tourism, Innovation and Sport and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics and Paralympics Sport and Engagement
The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe
Queensland stands ready to deliver World Cup wins to Australian international Rugby’s Wallabies and Wallaroos in 2027 and 2029.
Overnight in Dublin, the World Rugby Council voted for Australia as the official host nation of the Rugby World Cup 2027 and the 2029 Women’s Rugby World Cup.
Tourism and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe today congratulated Rugby Australia on securing twin World Cups.
“This is a terrific result for Australia and hopefully Queensland, as the nation’s home of major sporting events,” Mr Hinchliffe said
“Queensland has the world’s best rectangular stadium in Suncorp Stadium, which is also a happy hunting ground for the Wallabies.
“We have a first-class stadium in Townsville and a National Rugby Training Centre of Excellence under construction at Queensland Rugby’s spiritual home, Ballymore.
“The World Rugby Council vote confirms Australia as host nation for the 2027 and 2029 World Cups with host states and cities yet to be decided.
“The Palaszczuk Government is working closely with World Rugby and Rugby Australia.
“We’re in a good position to lock in quality World Cup games for Queensland, creating jobs and up to $150 million for our visitor economy.”
The 2027 men’s Rugby World Cup will be the third time Australia has hosted the event while the 2029 women’s tournament will be the nation’s first.
“This is a historic day for Rugby in Australia,” Rugby Australia Chairman Hamish McLennan said.
“It’s a game-changer for Rugby in this country, a once-in-a-generation opportunity to revitalise and secure the future of the sport.”
Queensland Rugby Union CEO David Hanham said Australia was looking forward to a golden decade of Rugby.
“Hosting Rugby World Cups in 2027 and 2029 cements an incredible runway of Rugby events for Australia, starting with the upcoming England tour this year, the British & Irish Lions tour in 2025, Rugby World Cups in 2027 & 2029, leading through to the 2032 Olympic Games men’s and women’s Rugby Sevens competitions.”
“This runway provides an amazing opportunity to continue to grow the game and strengthen Queensland’s status as a leading Rugby jurisdiction.”
Mr Hinchliffe said the twin Rugby World Cup events would be a perfect fit for Queensland.
“The 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games will deliver a transformational decade of sporting and economic opportunity for the State,” Mr Hinchcliffe said.
“Major international sporting events bring visitors to Queensland who support local jobs and contribute to our visitor economy.
“With a large, loyal community of rugby fans, great infrastructure and iconic visitor destinations, Queensland is a very attractive proposition for World Cup Rugby.”
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