DEPARTING Rugby Australia CEO Bill Pulver has stated a rebuild of Sydney's stadiums would be crucial in them bringing the Women's World Cup and Men's World Cup to our shores in 2021 and 2027 respectively.
As one of his final acts in the job, Pulver announced on Wednesday plans for the bids during the unveiling of the Super W, the women's 15s competition to start next year. This came on the back of Raelene Castle being named as his successor on Tuesday.
Pulver was confident Rugby Australia could win both the women's and men's Cups, but the NSW State Government's stadiums rebuild plan would need to go ahead.
"I think the 2021 Women's World Cup and the 2027 Men's World Cup, we're in very good shape," Pulver said.
"I give great credit to the (NSW) State Government for the stadiums strategy they've just announced. I've seen they're taking some flack for it which I think is completely unwarranted.
"This city has stadiums for rectangular sport that is simply inadequate. Their plan will make us world class across all the different sizes of stadiums you need to compete for these truly world class events.
"I think we'll be in great shape and a very good chance of winning both."
Australia had previously considered bidding for the 2031 Men's World Cup, but moved forward their plans after South Africa didn't secure the 2023 hosting rights.
A southern hemisphere nation hasn't hosted since New Zealand in 2011, with Japan to host 2019.
The bidding process for 2023 had originally recommended South Africa as hosts after they came out ahead of France and Ireland in a technical review.
They were passed over in favour of France, however, at vote by the World Rugby Council.
Pulver said the technical review showed stadiums as a key part in South Africa finishing as the preferred host.
He said rebuilds in Sydney will give the whole country world-class facilities.
"If you go and review the analysis that was done by the Rugby World Cup board on the bid, the original recommendation for South Africa came on the back of outstanding infrastructure and outstanding stadiums," Pulver said.
"On the back of the NSW State Government plan, a brand new stadium in Perth, wonderful little AAMI Park in Melbourne, superb Suncorp in Brisbane - I'd love the ACT Government, by the way, to produce an indoor stadium - we would be truly world class.
"If you can get a financial plan to match what the other countries are producing - the world knows Australia produces great tournaments, we did a great job in 1987, we did a great job in 2003, we do a superb job with our sevens tournament - we'll be really well placed to win it."
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