England to host Rugby World Cup 2019 on Friday
The International Rugby Board (IRB) will hold its annual general meeting on Friday in Brisbane, where the governing body will also announce a new home for the 2019 Rugby World Series, which will be held in Australia from January 8 to March 16.
The IRB will meet from 6:30am in Brisbane to 6:45am in Hobart, and the full schedule will be announced on Monday, which includes the Rugby World Tour (WWT) in South Africa, the Rugby Union International Champions Cup (RUCI) in the United States, and other games.
In a statement on Friday, IRB general manager of media, Chris Bevan, said the World Cup and Rugby World Tournaments were both “part of the vision” of the organisation.
“The World Cup is an international sporting event, which is part of the global agenda, with a global audience, and we are proud to be part of a global sport,” he said.
“We have always seen rugby as an integral part of our sport and have always been passionate about its growth and development.”
Bevan added the IRB was looking forward to a future in which the Rugby Championship was one of the biggest events in the world.
“Our vision is to build on the successes of the Rugby Champions Cup and other international events to be one of a number of global competitions, as well as to continue to develop the Rugby Rugby World League,” he added.
The 2019 Rugby Championship will be the first of its kind in world rugby, with the first event being held in the UK in 2021.