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Late curveballs that threatened to derail Australia’s Rugby World Cup bid

On the surface, Rugby Australia’s drive to bring the men and women’s World Cups to our shores looked perfectly executed. As it turns out, though, there were some close calls behind the scenes that could have scuttled the bid.

Australia was named as the host of the 2027 men’s World Cup and the 2029 hosts for the women’s event by World Rugby on Thursday night.

But there were two key moments when it all could have unravelled for Australian rugby fans. 

The news of a home World Cup is sure to be warmly welcomed by ex-players like Wallabies Al Baxter (left) and Chris Latham (right)

The news of a home World Cup is sure to be warmly welcomed by ex-players like Wallabies Al Baxter (left) and Chris Latham (right)

The RA bid team came in strong, boasting an advisory board that featured former Prime Minister John Howard, Governor General Peter Cosgrove, vice president of the International Olympic Committee John…


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