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 (Gator)

    New Orleans!

  • Guest (Sara)

    UTAH, Rice Eccels Stadium.

  • Guest (Ron Barker)

    Charlottesville, VA Scott Stadijm

  • Guest (Marty)

    Denver, hands down. Sports Authority Field, Folsom Field (CU-Boulder), and Infinity Park at Glendale (Rugby Complex) for smaller games.. Denver is literally the perfect candidate for this. Along with the huge rugby fan-base all across Colorado. Denver would be the best candidate city by far.

  • Guest (John Bizer)

    Houston easily fits the bill. Biggest crowd to watch Rugby ever here at the BBVA. Can you imagine the home field advantage as the Europeans melt in the humidity????

  • Guest (Ben)

    Let's talk Detroit...

    Avid sports city, despite how hard hit it was by the economy, every sports team, including those poor Lions, are making money. USA Rugby could cash in on that.

    The Silverdome seat 80k, little larger than needed, but the space can be filled or utilized.

    Oh, and it has an easy-access international airport (cha-ching).

    Close access to Canada, where Canadian fans (like those in Windsor), can drive to the stadium.

    Hotels looking to fill rooms, possibly for discounted rates.

    And two Senior Men's teams are in Detroit.

    Plus, wouldn't it just feel good to help out D-town?

  • Guest (BillC)

    I think it should be held in buffalo, NY in Ralph Wilson Stadium

  • Guest (Ramiro C)

    Houston. We are the largest American crowd to watch an Eagles rugby match, have a strong economy, an international multi-cultural city, and first-class facilities. Houston comes strong for all things football: American football, soccer, and of course, rugby! Go Eagles!

  • Guest (Bill S)

    San Diego, great weather year round and by then we will have a new stadium right next to the bay and the Gaslamp!

  • Guest (Mark Behrens)

    No City is better positioned to cover both the East coast and West coast than Indianapolis and it is in the center of several major cities than Indianapolis. Imagine the Lucas Oil stadium. Indy's Super Bowl was a huge success.

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