Australia's bid to host Rugby World Cup 2027 has hit a landmark milestone with 50,000 people signing up to back the bid since the launch in May.
This comes as clubs from across the country submit a letter of support, which will be included in Australia’s final Bid submission to World Rugby in January next year.
“Thank you to everyone who has signed up to back the bid and to all those clubs who have submitted their letter of support to date," Executive Director of Australia’s Bid Phil Kearns said in a statement.
“Bidding to host a mega event like the Rugby World Cup is no small task. This is an opportunity for all of Australia to bind together behind our goal of bringing the world’s third-largest sports tournament back to our shores. It is great to see the campaign gaining momentum and people from across Australia throwing their support behind the bid.
“This is a bid on behalf of all Australians and by signing up to back our bid and submitting letters of support from clubs across Australia, you are lending your voice to our campaign. This will allow us to send a strong message that Australia is the obvious choice to host Rugby World Cup 2027.
“We’ve got a passionate Rugby community, a nation of eventgoers and a tourism and major events industry that thrives on delivering world-class experiences and we are ready to go.
“You can add your voice to Australia’s bid by signing up at Australia2027.Rugby.”
RA CEO Andy Marinos believes the impressive feat shows the ongoing support for a potential home World Cup as members of the bid team head across the country to connect with the passionate Rugby community.
“We want to thank the 50,000 that have signed up to back our bid, of which nearly half of them are new audiences to Rugby, meaning this dream of hosting Rugby World Cup 2027 is inspiring more than just our passionate Rugby community, which is encouraging to see," Marinos said.
“One of the goals of this bid is to connect with as many Australians as possible, to help grow interest in the game. That’s a legacy we’re already seeing come to fruition.
“We also want to connect and unite the Rugby community behind a singular purpose, to bring the Rugby World Cup back to Australian soil and, in doing so, help bolster the future of the game here.
“It is hard to overstate how significant hosting Rugby World Cup 2027 would be for this country, both on and off the field. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity and we are determined to win this bid for Australia.”
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Having spent the past fortnight in Perth, Wallabies captain Michael Hooper was proud to see clubs submit their letters of support and the community get behind the bid.
“It’s great to see the Rugby family and the broader Australian community rally behind our bid to host Rugby World Cup 2027," he added.
“As a team, we’ve loved the opportunity to connect with the local Rugby community in Perth over the last couple of weeks.
"We’ve met a lot of enthusiastic Rugby fans and received a number of letters of support for the Bid from club Presidents. It’s been awesome to see such a thriving Rugby community out West.”