The choice was a serious blow for RA, which additionally finds itself at a crossroads with an under-performing Wallabies and rising disillusionment amongst followers.
A December 10 board assembly nonetheless looms because the almost definitely timing for a call on the way forward for Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, however the Check facet’s continued struggles are simply one of many points the board and administration should navigate.
Negotiations over the way forward for Tremendous Rugby, already delayed some months, will attain a tipping level when World Rugby makes a name on the World League proposal, whereas domestically RA should determine whether or not to press forward with plans to bid for the 2027 males’s World Cup.
The expertise in Dublin two weeks in the past might have given everybody pause for thought. Fairfax Media understands New Zealand Rugby’s bid included $three million of assured authorities funding for the match, a determine nicely in need of the $10 million pledge by the NSW and federal governments.
It additionally seems that Australia’s “athletes village” idea, a primary within the match’s historical past that will have put all gamers within the picturesque Crowne Plaza resort on the Hunter Valley, couldn’t compete with the Kiwis’ heartfelt pitch to take the World Cup again to – in Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s phrases – “the house of girls’s rugby”.
Ayres mentioned regardless of the disappointing end result, the NSW Authorities appeared ahead to supporting RA’s bid to convey the lads’s match again to Australia for the primary time since 2003.
“We’ll work very intently with the ARU round growing a powerful bid for 2027. We all know that we’ve received nice runs on the board for not simply worldwide rugby however massive scale worldwide occasions. And I feel it’s time for the RWC to come back again to Australia,” he mentioned.
Whereas it’s early days for the 2027 occasion, it seems Australia could be in with a combating likelihood if they might safe the estimated $120 million-odd of presidency funding for the occasion. Argentina and the USA have additionally expressed their curiosity, whereas South Africa – who misplaced out to France in controversial circumstances for the 2023 World Cup – have indicated they won’t strive a second time.
Historical past would counsel a southern hemisphere nation would stand a very good likelihood of successful the rights after three consecutive World Cups within the north (England 2015, Japan 2019, France 2023) and there are doubts over whether or not Argentina could be an acceptable host nation given the nation’s financial circumstances.
However the US is quick rising because the darkish horse for 2027. Whereas the house of the 12th-ranked USA Eagles is nicely and actually nonetheless an rising rugby nation, World Rugby may see this as an irresistible alternative for publicity in a profitable sporting market.
“I feel they’re our largest opponent,” Ayres mentioned. “In the event that they keep within the north it is going to be a ‘new market’ World Cup. My intestine tells me it would simply be one World Cup too early and it is going to be simple to cycle again to the northern hemisphere in 2031 and into the US when it may be a bit of extra mature. However of the entire nations which will bid the US is the one which I’ll be watching most intently.”
Georgina Robinson is a Sports activities Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald