USA Rugby announces "intent to tender" for IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018

USA Rugby announces

BOULDER, Colo. – USA Rugby Chief Executive Officer Nigel Melville confirmed Wednesday USA Rugby has “expressed its intent to tender” to host the IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 and that USA Rugby is now seeking cities interested in hosting the event.

More than 10 countries have also expressed interest in hosting the event, which will be the seventh edition of the RWC Sevens. Since 1993, Scotland, Hong Kong, Argentina, United Arab Emirates and Russia have hosted the event, with Hong Kong having hosted it twice.

The International Rugby Board will distribute the tender documentation to potential host unions August 29, 2014. Bids will be submitted December 5, 2014. The IRB will decide the host venue May 14, 2015.

“2018 may appear to be a long way away at this time, but the decision on who will host the Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2018 will be made in the next 13 months,” Melville said.

“The USA Rugby Board have already established a Rugby World Cup bid committee under the chairmanship of board member Will Chang and talks have already taken place with a small number of cities who have expressed interest in hosting this incredible event.”

With Rugby Sevens slated for the Olympic Program in 2016 and 2020, the IRB announced the event would be rescheduled from 2017 to 2018 into an off-year cycle to “provide a key high performance pathway for teams around the world.”

“I am delighted to be chairing USA Rugby’s Rugby World Cup 2018 bid committee and I look forward to hearing from cities interested in hosting this incredible event,” Chang said. “The Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2018 will be an important global rugby event ahead" of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games and will continue to support the growth of rugby sevens in America. This will be a great opportunity for USA Rugby fans to watch a Rugby World Cup on home soil.”

Cities interested in learning more about hosting this event should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (720.508.8024) before June 30, 2014.

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  • Guest - Mike

    What Month in 2018 is the actual event?

  • Guest - Virginia

    In reply to: Guest - Mike

    2015 in England is set for late September to mid-October.

  • Guest - Scott

    In reply to: Guest - Virginia

    That's the Union Cup, not the Sevens. The 2013 World Cup was held in June, and my guess would be either June or July, so as to avoid a clash of schedules with the Sevens World Series.

  • Guest - Harry


  • Guest - Duane

    Ann Arbor, in the Big House

  • Guest - Damon


  • Guest - Gary D

    With the strength (and numbers) of youth rugby in Northern California, the South Bay/Silicon Valley!

    Stanford, Cal, San Jose State, Santa Clara University all have collegiate rugby programs, add the new 49er Stadium to the mix, and you have major venue options within 30 miles of each other; not to mention Sacto State, St. Mary's, UC Davis and their collegiate programs a little farther away. Silicon Valley's corporate cabbage translates into local sponsorship opportunities... But really, just look at the youth rugby regions across the US (pre-school through high school) and participation numbers; right there, that is the best argument for the South Bay - the number of kids playing youth rugby.

  • Guest - Virginia

    Wayne, NE hosts the Battle on Nebraska Prairie Rugby tournament with a field of 80+ teams competing in 15's and 7's. It's the 3rd largest Rugby Tournament in the US and attracts collegiate and youth teams from the US and Canada.