England are gearing to bid for the 2031 Rugby World Cup, which if successful would see the country host the tournament twice in just 16 years.
With the 2023 competition in France, and Australia the front-runners for 2027, England want to be the next host.
From the 2015 World Cup the RFU generated revenue of £228.1m – so 2031 could provide a huge boost to the governing body after Covid which has rocked their accounts.
France will hold the next Rugby World Cup to be staged in 2023, but England will be looking to host the tournament again in 2031
So new RFU chair Tom Ilube wants to kick off the bid process soon.
‘We would like to bid for that – the 2031 World Cup,’ he confirmed.
‘That would be really exciting to have it here and you could imagine what it would be like and I think that really gives us a focus as well.’
Although the RFU brought in good revenues from the 2015 event, England would hope to improve on their disastrous showing during the tournament.
England only hosted the World Cup as recent as 2015, when they were dumped out in the group stage following catastrophic defeats at the hands of Wales and Australia (above)
England will hope for better fortunes should they host the tournament again in 2031
Stuart Lancaster’s team were dumped out of the group stage following a narrow loss by Wales and a 20-point defeat by Australia at Twickenham, which saw both of their rivals progress to the quarter-finals at England’s expense.
New Zealand eventually triumphed in the tournament that went on to be dominated by southern hemisphere sides, with Australia beaten in the final and South Africa defeating Argentina in the third place play-off.
Should England’s bid succeed it will be the third time they have hosted the tournament overall since its inception in 1987, having also jointly held the 1991 edition along with France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
South Africa are the current world champions after defeating England in the 2019 final when the tournament was staged in Japan.
South Africa are the current world champions after defeating England in the 2019 final