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The comments come after world football’s governing body pitched the idea of ​​a biennial World Cup, with the FIFA Congress voting to conduct a feasibility study on the proposal; the organization of a biennial Rugby World Cup was on the agenda which was reportedly discussed at a meeting in Paris this week

Last updated: 09/14/21 7:08 am

South Africa won the World Cup in Japan in 2019

World Rugby Managing Director Alan Gilpin said hosting the Rugby World Cup every two years instead of every four is an “interesting concept”, but all stakeholders should have their say to say even before the idea is considered.

The comments come after world football’s governing body pitched the idea of ​​a biennial World Cup, with the FIFA congress voting to conduct a feasibility study on the proposal.

Japan hosted the last World Cup in 2019 and France is expected to host the next edition of rugby’s flagship event in two years.

Gilpin, World Rugby President Bill Beaumont and France 2023 Managing Director Claude Atcher met in Paris this week, and the Telegraph said the organization of a biennial World Cup was one of the items on the agenda.

“The biennial World Cups have already been considered and it is certainly something that we will continue to consider,” said Gilpin, as quoted by the Telegraph Monday.

“It’s an interesting concept, especially when you also think about the global development of women’s football.

“But the men’s calendar is very crowded and complex, with many different stakeholders, and we need to make sure we engage with all of them before we consider a World Cup every two years.”

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