USA Rugby Looks to Host 2018 RWC Sevens Tournament

Posted: April 4, 2014 at 6:24 pm

USA Rugby is planning on throwing their hat in the game to earn the chance to host the 2018 IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament.  The IRB will announce the host on 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.”

The 2018 tournament will be the 7th edition of the tournament which has been played in Scotland, Hong Kong (twice), Argentina, United Arab Emirates and Russia.  10 other countries are interested in hosting the event.

The first step is to confirm potential host cities in the U.S.  Melville is coordinating this effort and requested potential sites contact him by June 30.

Is this a good first step to ultimately hosting the Rugby World Cup?  Should the U.S. focus more on the main event rather than a smaller tournament?