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Rugby World Cup 2027: Date, schedule, teams, history & betting odds

Australia won their bid to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup after both Argentina and Russia pulled out of the running.

The Rugby World Cup will consist of 24 teams for the first time in 2027, as World Rugby attempt to grow the sport.

Emerging nations such as Chile and Portugal have caught the eye and, following some impressive performances from some of the lower-ranked teams at the 2023 tournament, expansion is the next step.

Here is all you need to know about World Cup 2027.

World Cup 2027 dates

It is too early for the exact schedule to unveiled, however the World Cup 2027 is due to take place from 1st October to 13th November 2027.

World Cup 2027 location

The tournament will be hosted in Australia and matches will be played in Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and ACT.

World Cup 2027 venues

Twelve venues have been shortlisted to host matches at the World Cup 2027.

They are:

Optus Stadium, Perth
Stadium Australia, Sydney
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Western Sydney Stadium, Sydney
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Robina Stadium, Gold Coast
Queensland Stadium, Townsville
Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Canberra Stadium, Canberra

World Cup 2027 tournament format

The 2027 World Cup will consist of 24 nations for the very first time.

The exact format of the early stages of the World Cup 2027 is yet to be announced.

However it is thought six pools of four teams plus an additional round of 16 before the quarter-finals take place is under consideration.

World Cup past winners

South Africa hold the record after winning the World Cup on four occasions. The Springboks will be out to secure a three-peat in 2027 after winning the 2019 and 2023 tournaments.

New Zealand have won the World Cup on three occasions, while Australia have won it twice.

England are the only other nation to have won the World Cup, claiming the title in 2003.

World Cup 2027 how to watch

World Cup 2027 will be free-to-air on Channel 9.

World Cup 2027 odds

Despite winning their last World Cup back in 2015, New Zealand are currently the 3.50 hot fancies to win the 2027 edition.

Reigning champions South Africa are 4.00, while host nation Australia are 8.00.

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