USA to bid to host 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens
June 13, 2013
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The bid to take rugby to a mainstream US audience continues with news that USA Rugby will bid to host the Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2018. Interest in the USA has increased ever since it was announced Sevens would feature in the 2016 Olympic Games.
USA Rugby director Will Chang, who is a part owner of the San Francisco Giants baseball team, will lead a delegation which will visit Moscow later this month to study how they are going about organising the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens which takes place at the end of June.
"Hosting this tournament will support our goals of developing the game and further its popularity in the United States," Chang said. "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."
The International Rugby Board said the next tournament would take place in five years' time rather than four, in order for it to be integrated into the Olympic cycle.
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