When the World Cup came to the United States in 1994, there was much to doubt. Is it possible that sports with low-scoring sports played by unknown foreign stars can capture the imagination of parochial American fans? As it turned out, the answer was yes: The World Cup has helped soccer players in the United States, and opened up a lucrative new market for sports around the world.
It is a long way off, but rugby officials hope to have some similarities after awarding the 2031 Men’s and 2033 Women’s Rugby World Cups to the United States on Thursday. The 2031 tournament will be the first men’s Rugby World Cup anywhere in the Western Hemisphere. (The women’s event was held in Canada in 2006.)
Because rugby is a very restricted area – only some of the elite nations play, and only four have won its biggest tournament – the Rugby World Cup does not reach the heights of spectators from the World Cup and Olympics. But the men’s event is a handful of international tournaments that can plausibly make the claim to the third largest sporting event in the world. no. Rugby officials confirmed on Thursday, in a statement to the owners of five future tournaments, that they are looking to expand the sports profile and reach.
“Today, we have recognized three Rugby World Cup specialties – England, Australia and the United States – providing unprecedented reality and a great opportunity to support the development and impact of rugby around the world. , “Rugby world president, Bill Beaumont, said later in the day. of the events approved by the World Rugby Council at its annual meeting in Dublin. “It’s great for rugby, for the fans and for the owners.”
The World Cup awards for the United States were among the final five on Thursday. All the races that will take place before the event come to America have been sent to the traditional strongholds: France in 2023 and Australia in 2027 for men, and New Zealand in 2022, England in 2025 and Australia in 2029 for women. The World Cup in England and Australia was agreed at the same time as the United States predicted on Thursday.
Rugby officials also said they were committed to having relations with the ruling nation in all countries. The goal, Beaumont said, is “long-term, sustainable development, including in the US and across women’s sports.”
When the United States men played in the previous edition of the Rugby World Cup, they often opposed him when facing a major sport. The Americans qualified for the World Cup but only announced a 2-21 record in them. In the recent international team competition, in October, he lost to New Zealand, a three-time world champion, 104-14.
The American women’s team excelled on the field, winning the World Cup in 1991, and finishing fourth in the most recent tournament in 2017.
However, rugby has always struggled to find guidance in African American sports, which are packed with professionals and college players. in more sports for American fans. Plus, international events are appealing to fans, but football and Formula One racing are still a few steps ahead of rugby.
With their own eyes of big business and profitable America, cricket police have made a similar case, calling the United States a member of the 2024 Twenty20 Men’s World Cup with West Indies.