The nation is looking to become the first country to host the Rugby World Cup a third time after hosting the tournament in 1987 and 2003.
The announcement comes after a World Rugby Council meeting overnight accepted a recommendation from the Rugby World Cup Limited Board.
Rugby Australia will now work in an exclusive partnership with World Rugby to finalise a model for the World Cup with the final World Rugby Council vote expected to be in May 2022.
Australia’s bid for the 2027 Rugby World Cup has taken a big step forward after World Rugby named Australia their “preferred candidate”. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty Images
Following the news, Rugby Australia’s Chairman Hamish McLennan said the move would go a long way to reinvigorating rugby in Australia.
“This is a huge step forward in our ambitions to host Rugby World Cup 2027 and for rebooting the game in Australia,” he said.
“Throughout this process, we’ve held the genuine belief the time was right to bring the Rugby World Cup back to our shores.
“The team at Rugby Australia have worked hard on this for a number of years and today’s announcement is a great reward for those efforts.”
Australia has not hosted a Rugby World Cup since 2003 when the Wallabies were defeated in the final by an extra-time field goal from England’s Jonny Wilkinson.
The Wallabies last lifted the Webb Ellis Cup in 1999 but have been runners up in 2015 and 2003.
The Wallabies last won the Rugby World Cup in 1999 and have since finished as runners up twice. Picture: Ross Setford/Getty Images
Australia’s Rugby World Cup campaign website revealed the tournament is projected to bring more than two million attendees including 200,000 international arrivals across the seven weeks of competition.
The projection also forecast the tournament would rake in $2.5 billion for the economy through direct and indirect expenditure.
Former Wallaby and executive director of Australia’s Rugby World Cup bid Phil Kearns said the tournament was in “safe hands” with Australia.
“We’ve hosted Olympic games before, we’ve hosted Rugby World Cups before, we’ve hosted Cricket World Cups before, Commonwealth Games you know millions of events,” he said.
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“We’ve got the stadia ready to go and some of those are brand new stadia around the country as well so we think we’re a safe pair of hands to get a great economic result but also a great social result for World Rugby.”
Rugby Australia CEO Andy Marinos expressed his delight at the decision to name Australia as the “preferred candidate” saying it is a great opportunity for the nation.
“The hosting of the third-biggest global sporting event will not only reposition Australia on the sporting map and deliver a boost to our economy but provide us with an opportunity to showcase once again our magnificent country,” he said.
“We’re conscious there is still much work to do and we certainly won’t be resting on our laurels.”
The next Rugby World Cup will be hosted by France in 2023 while the women’s Rugby World Cup was moved from this year to next October and November and will be hosted by New Zealand.

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