Australia is set to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup and England the 2025 women's tournament, after both countries were listed as the "preferred candidates" in a new approach by World Rugby.
The World Rugby Council has approved revisions to the World Cup host selection process, including a preferred candidate phase that the body hopes will help maximise the growth of the sport worldwide.
An "exclusive targeted dialogue" would continue with the United States in regard to hosting the men's World Cup in 2031 and also a women's edition at some point in the future.
Final hosting rights will be awarded by the council in May 2022.
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