USA Rugby to bid for 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens

USA Rugby to bid for 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens

BOULDER, Colo. – In response to the International Rugby Board’s announcement today that the Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament will be retained and integrated into the Olympic Games cycle, USA Rugby confirmed its intentions to bid for the right to host the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens.

The USA Rugby Board has appointed Board Director, international businessman and sports enthusiast Will Chang as Chairman of their bid. Chang will visit Moscow later this month to study the Russian capital’s hosting of the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to head the bid committee and potentially bring the Rugby World Cup Sevens to America,” Chang said. “Hosting this tournament will support our goals of developing the Game and further its popularity in the United States. We are looking forward to hearing more about the bid process and will do everything we can to ensure the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens will take place on United States soil.”

USA Rugby hopes to capitalize on the IRB’s goals of showcasing the Game to a global audience and drive interest and participation in key rugby development markets like the United States.

“Rugby is now one of the fastest growing sports in America,” USA Rugby Chief Executive Officer and President of Rugby Operations Nigel Melville said. “We want to continue our growth, showcase the new Olympic sport of Rugby Sevens and take the sport to unprecedented levels in the USA.”

USA Rugby will release more information in due course as the bid process is confirmed.

For more information, please contact Nigel Melville at 303.539.0300 (ext. 114) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Comments (26)

  • Guest (TomC)

    Although no city in the USA can lay claim to being the best location for an event like this, Los Angeles (SoCal) has a lot more pros than cons. Consider it's multi-national population of Pacific Islanders, Asians, Latinos and Europeans of all types. It's history of hosting 2 Olympic Games, a men's soccer world cup and 2 women's world cups. Throw iconic and historic stadiums like the Rose Bowl and Coliseum with guaranteed nice weather and LA has to be one of the top contending cities to host.

  • Guest (Sean)

    In reply to: Guest (TomC)

    LA is a good place to sell on the games. However, there wasn't a great crowd at the USA v Tonga game in Carson.

    Vegas really is the home of USA Sevens rugby but will it be too tough to sell two sessions in one year?

    What about something totally different like playing in Yankee Stadium?

  • Guest (Brian B.)

    I thought the World Cup 7's was every 4 years? Why the 5 year gap for 2018 instead of the regular interval for 2017?

  • Guest (TomC)

    In reply to: Guest (Brian B.)

    So that it syncs up with having the 7s RWC 2 years prior/after a summer Olympic cycle (i.e. Olympics 2016, 7s RWC 2018, etc)

  • Guest (Rugbygrl627)

    In response to the top comment ..if the USA wins the bid a few cities will lay claim to host matches .. East cOast and west coast ... Huston will prob be the top contender along with east rudifort new jersey home of the giants or Philadelphia home of the CRC's and up coming match with the all blacks in november ... But witch ever cities are picked to host this is massive for the sport and great for the country !!

  • Guest (TomC)

    In reply to: Guest (Rugbygrl627)

    I disagree. I think by having the 7s RWC in Los Angeles you have the opportunity to link the event to the prior history of hosting prior Olympics and other international events like the soccer world cup. Coupled with tapping into the large ethnic communities that will have national teams competing and the marketing plan almost writes itself. Plus the weather in the summer in Los Angeles is ideal, and if not it is only a dry heat and not humidity or thunderstorms.

  • Guest (chris)

    In reply to: Guest (TomC)

    The bid would not go to one city though. It would go to multiple cities and stadiums.

  • Guest (richard)

    A world game which is growing needs as much exposure as possible.If the US gets the tournament the venues should be nationwide.

  • Guest (Sean)

    In reply to: Guest (richard)

    The games are over three days in one weekend. It will only be in one stadium. That's what helps build the excitement, like the Vegas Sevens

  • Guest (Pete)

    Columbus Ohio, Columbus Crew Stadium.

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