The World Rugby Council selects Rugby World Cup hosts after a comprehensive process to identify candidates that align with the strategic requirements of a growing global sport.
France was awarded Rugby World Cup 2023 by the World Rugby Council on 15 November, 2017 following two rounds of voting. France received 24 votes to South Africa’s 15 in the final round of voting. In the first round, France had received 18 votes to South Africa’s 13 and Ireland’s eight.
Almost a year to the day later, New Zealand were awarded the hosting rights to Rugby World Cup 2021 by the World Rugby Council on 14 November, 2018. A first women’s Rugby World Cup in the southern hemisphere was guaranteed with Australia the other host candidates.
The hosting rights for the next four Rugby World Cups – two men’s and two women’s – will be awarded at the same time, it was announced in a ground-breaking move by World Rugby in August 2020.
The men’s tournaments in 2027 and 2031, together with the women’s in 2025 and 2029, will enable the sport to have a 10-year strategic hosting roadmap of its showcase 15s events, maximising certainty for member unions, commercial partners, broadcasters and fans to provide the opportunity to develop an integrated legacy that delivers meaningful and sustainable strategic participation and fan growth.
The host selection process officially began in February 2021 and concludes in May 2022 with an open Council vote. It was announced in November 2020, that the host nations will be confirmed by an open vote following consideration of a risk-based evaluation.