World Rugby chief govt Alan Gilpin stated on Tuesday holding the draw for the 2027 World Cup in January 2026 was a “compromise” however can be higher than the scenario for the present competitors.
The draw for this yr’s World Cup in France was held in December 2020, practically three years earlier than the event kicked off, main unintentionally to a lopsided event.
When the event began in September the highest 5 groups in accordance with the rankings – Ireland, South Africa, France, New Zealand and Scotland – had been in two of the swimming pools.
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Number one ranked Ireland had been knocked out by fourth-ranked New Zealand within the quarter-finals whereas third ranked France exited by the hands of the second-ranked All Blacks.
Scotland went out on the pool stage having been in the identical one because the Irish and the South Africans.
The 2027 World Cup will happen in Australia between October 1-November 13, moved later than typical to keep away from clashes with the AFL and NRL seasons.
Those leagues’ Grand Finals are anticipated to be held the weekend earlier than the World Cup begins.
“I understand that there’s frustration at the timing of the draw for this World Cup,” Gilpin advised reporters.
Holding the attract 2026 was “a compromise but better than what we have now,” he added.
Gilpin stated shifting the draw for the 2027 occasion, which will likely be expanded from 20 to 24 nations, any later can be a dangerous determination.
“It would put ticket sales at risk and that puts the financing of the tournament at risk,” Gilpin stated.
“Fans would be very frustrated by that outcome of not being able to plan without any certainty with less than a year to Rugby World Cup.
“It would make a real challenge, especially with the expansion of the 24 teams to plan for that,” he added.
This yr’s World Cup ends on Saturday as holders South Africa meet New Zealand on the Stade de France in Paris with each side eyeing a document fourth title.