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Australia set to target Eddie Jones for 2027 home World Cup role | Rugby World Cup

Australia set to target Eddie Jones for 2027 home World Cup role | Rugby World Cup

Australia are set to be confirmed as hosts of the 2027 Rugby World Cup on Thursday and could target Eddie Jones to help their bid for success on home soil.

The World Rugby board will meet in Dublin to confirm the host nations for the 2027 and 2031 tournaments – the latter lined up to innovate in the United States – as well as the next three Women’s World Cup tournaments.

Australia have been identified as the preferred bidder 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 has revised its bidding process after the controversial decision to award France the 2023 tournament five years ago after South Africa was 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 drop goal against Jones’ Wallabies in the final. Jones’ contract with England ends after the 2023 tournament and, although he has recently been linked with a move to Racing 92, his future after the end of Rugby Football Union links is unclear.

Dave Rennie is Australia’s outgoing head coach and it is believed his contract could be extended until the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia in 2025, depending on how his side perform at France 2023. Brumbies head coach Dan McKellar is lined up as his potential successor – although a flop in France would no doubt lead to a rethink – and Jones’ experience and World Cup record is not lost on Rugby Australia. Indeed, the governing body could seek Jones’ help in a wider capacity for the 2027 tournament. In 2019, prior to Rennie’s appointment, Jones was briefly linked with a post-World Cup homecoming at the Japan.

His departure in 2005 was acrimonious, but the 2027 bid team expressed a desire to have Jones on board. Last month, former Wallabies hooker and bid leader Phil Kearns said: “I think it would be great if Eddie had a role in the future of Australian rugby. I think those [broken] the bridges should well and truly be rebuilt and pave the way for Eddie’s return to a role.

The decision to award the 2031 tournament to the United States, meanwhile, will be hugely important as rugby union seeks to expand into new commercial markets. US President Joe Biden has given his written endorsement of the bid, but there is nonetheless room for embarrassment if the US team fails to make it through their playoff against Chile and reach the tournament. World Cup 2023.

The World Rugby board is also expected to confirm England will host 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 favorites to reclaim the title they won in 2014.

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The board will also vote on whether to make the five global trials permanent – including the 50:22 and goal-line abandonment. While the 50:22 law has received popular support and would need to win a 75% majority to pass in the long term, it is understood that there is some opposition to the abandonment of the goal line within the nations of origin, which could lead to it. to be abandoned. It was recently identified by current England captain Courtney Lawes as the only law he would scrap if given the chance.

It is also understood that World Rugby has dropped any plans to test the 20-minute red card law globally amid widespread opposition from the northern hemisphere.

Meanwhile, talks are continuing in Dublin over the proposed north-south ‘Nations Championship’ to be launched in 2026. A concrete decision will be taken at the next World Rugby board meeting in November, but the stakeholders perceive this week as crucial to progress towards being done if the tournament is to take place.

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