Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Subhosting Possibilities (II) - Chile

When Japan hosts Rugby World Cup 2019 it will be the ninth edition of the sports showcase event. The tournament will be groundbreaking as it will be the first time Asia will have hosted a Rugby World Cup and also the first time that a team outside of the First Tier will have hosted. The tournament, however, will not be entirely groundbreaking as two of the proposed eleven stadiums for the tournament and not located in Japan.   The organizing committee has both Hong Kong and Singapore in line to host matches, thus continuing on from the trend of most Rugby World Cup´ involving multiple hosts. 

The first ever Rugby World Cup, in 1987, was co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand with New Zealand hosting the final. Four years on the old Five Nations shared the hosting rights with England hosting the final after Scotland and Ireland had hosted the Semi Finals. In 1995 the third edition, in South Africa, was the first time that all matches had been hosted by one nation. 1999 saw the same five from 1991 hosting the event with Wales hosting the final and England hosting both Semi Finals. 2003 was hosted exclusively by Australia after a dispute between and the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) and the International Rugby Board (IRB) over the signage rights saw Australia host the tournament on its own. France hosted the majority of the matches in 2007 but not all as Scotland hsoted two and Wales hosted four, including one Quarter final. New Zealand made up for its errors in 2003 by winning the hosting rights for Rugby World Cup 2011 while England plans on utilizing Wales´ Millenium Stadium for Rugby World Cup 2015. In short, in the year 2010 only two Rugby World Cup´s out of nine will have had a solo host. 

Argentina as a host nation offers global rugby the possbility of hosting the event on its own. Argentina has sufficient stadiums and cities across the country produce international players. The UAR has been using different stadiums in different parts of the country to host matches with the public responding by turning up in large number to home test matches. Argentina could spread matches in ten - twelve cities such as Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, Córdoba, La Plata, Mar del Plata, Mendoza, Resistencia, Rosario, Salta, San Juan, Santa Fé and Tucumán. The crowds have been improving with the increased profile of Los Pumas and the national teams´on field success. 

Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo
While the possibility also exists of Argentina having its neighbours host some matches should the IRB prefer the idea of seeing South America embrace the Rugby World Cup as a whole rather than see Argentina hsot it alone. Uruguay, as covered last week, could potentially host two matches while another possibility is Argentina´ western neighbour, Chile. The Chilean capital, Santiago could be used to host some Rugby World Cup matches. Santiago has a lot of different stadiums with potentialy the Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo being suitable to be considered to host World Cup matches. The stadium has a capicty of 18,000 making it comparable to the likes of Invercargill and Palmerston North which hosted matches in New Zealand 2011.

While Chile is yet to qualify for a Rugby World Cup the team, like Uruguay, is ranked by the IRB in the world´ Top 25. Chile, despite being ranked behind Uruguay, has a better under 20 team. The team recently played in the IRB Junior World Trophy in Salt Lake City, defeating Russia and Canada en route to finishing in fifth position. It gives the national team a chance of debuting at Rugby World Cup 2015 with the junior players joining those already in the senior mens team. Chile has been confirmed as the host for the 2023 IRB Junior World Trophy. This will mark the second time that Chile has hosted the event after it did so back in 2008. No other countryt has hosted the event twice. 


  1. I don't think using the 2011 world cup venues as an example is a good idea. They were basically shacks, less than 20,000 capacity and they still couldn't fill them... They couldn't even fill the big games

  2. x 2

    It would be a nice deed but why bother. Argentina is a country of 40 million. New Zealand is 4.

  3. Or at least use the big national stadiums in Chile and Uruguay. Aim big