Friday, March 30, 2012

Mexico vs Jamaica - 2023 implications


The need to have the Americas host Rugby World Cup 2015 was further underlined last weekend as Mexico City was the venue for the first qualifying match for Rugby World Cup 2015. Mexico was playing its first match since officially entering the IRB World Rankings.

The 2015 tournament will take place in England with the Welsh capital, Cardiff, acting as a subhost. Despite not being restricted to English territory, it is being billed as England 2015. It is to be the third time that World Cup matches will have been played in England and the fourth time that matches have ben played in Wales.

Such is the lack of global scope that has been the history of the Rugby World Cup with the same Tier One sides always hosting and, even subhosting. Every second World Cup, including 2015, has been hosted in Europe and each time Cardiff has hosted matches. The Americas, in contrast, has never hosted and following Japan 2019 it will be the only remaining continent to never have hosted a World Cup tournament.

World Cup 2003 winner, Lawrence Dallaglio was in Mexico City to promote England 2015. he was joined by the William Webb Ellis Trophy and the man responsible for the onfield action was World Cup 2011 Final  referee, Craig Joubert. The IRB´s off-field chief was also there as IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset was amongst the 2,000 supporters at the venue. The IRB, had therefore invested extensive resources in promotting the match and the governing body of world rugby should certainly be in full support of Argentina 2023 as the best option, certainly ahead of the likely opposition of South Africa and a Celtic bid. 

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