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England, Australia & USA likely next World Cup hosts

With England nailed on to be named as hosts of the 2025 Women's Rugby World Cup, the picture is starting to become clearer as to the destination of the competitions in 2029 and 2033. 

Rugby Australia confirmed this morning that they had received government support for another go at bidding to host the women's event in 2029, having lost out to New Zealand for the 2021 edition, while the USA look favourites to win the hosting rights for 2033.

World Rugby's Council will take decisions on May 12 on future host models for the Women's World Cups in 2025 and 2029 as well as the men's events in 2027 and 2031. 

World Rugby has been moving away from the traditional 'awarding' model where countries bid, often aggressively, against each other for hosting rights and instead have been using a preferred candidate model, going into exclusive dialogue with interested countries and making voting public. 

Though Australia is not yet the preferred candidate for 2029, having been through the process already and shown their commitment to hosting the women's event, they are frontrunners to be so. The USA is at an earlier stage in its plans, though World Rugby CEO Alan Gilpin confirmed last week that there was no one else currently in consideration. 

While England held the Women's World Cup in 2010, Australia and the USA would be first-time hosts, though the USA did host the last World Cup Sevens.