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Topic: Saudis may bid for 2035 RWC” - The Rugby Paper
Posted By: Marylebone
Subject: Saudis may bid for 2035 RWC” - The Rugby Paper
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2023 at 10:19
 The Rugby Paper - a good read and normally well sourced stories. 

SAUDI Arabia are looking to step up their programme of hosting major sporting events with a sensational bid for the 2035 Rugby World Cup.

The Rugby Paper understands that the Kingdom is preparing to throw their hat into the ring and rival Japan, Italy and England to host the event.

Australia were successful in their bid to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup in May 2022, while the United States were nodded through as hosts of the tournament four years later.

Japan became the first host outside the traditional Tier 1 nations when they held the 2019 World Cup, while England last held the tournament in 2015, crashing out at the group stages.

England has long been seen as the piggy bank that allowed World Rugby to break new ground in Japan, but the Kingdom can generate the kind of revenue Twickenham’s money men can only dream about. The oil-rich nation have a Public Investment Fund with total estimated assets of £540 billion. They are owners of Newcastle United and established LIV golf, and have been widely accused of socalled ‘sportswashing’. They have expressed a strong interest in hosting major sports events and, at the end of last year, were considering a bid for the 2036 Olympics and 2040 Fifa World Cup.

Rugby has been played in the Kingdom for nearly 50 years after being introduced by ex-pat Brits. In 2012 the national team, made up of local players who had their first-ever win in 2010, finished third in the West Asia 7s and the sport is described as minor but growing.


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Posted By: Paul10
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2023 at 12:26
Silly season in full swing, I see.

It's usually around now that the daily telegraph announces a new worldwide club tournament, isn't it?

Rugby will start up again soon.


Posted By: Marylebone
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2023 at 20:36
Originally posted by Paul10 Paul10 wrote:

Silly season in full swing, I see.

It's usually around now that the daily telegraph announces a new worldwide club tournament, isn't it?

Rugby will start up again soon.

So far the Petro washing by Saudi Arabia of sport includes: 

  • Boxing: Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz (both bouts), Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk
  • F1: Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
  • Football: 2x Italian Super Cup finals, Spanish Super Cup. Reportedly in talks with UEFA for the Champions League Final. 
  • Taking a major stake in golf, Golf: Saudi International
  • WWE: = WWE ‘Crown Jewel’ event
  • Bought a host of Premier League players including offering 300 Million Euro for Mbappe 
  • Biding for the 2036 Olympics 
Hosting the RWC would be chump chain for them. They have probably looked in envy at the Dubai Rugby Union 7’s. 


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Posted By: Camquin
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2023 at 20:58
I believe they have a domestic Soccer league, so are building stadia for that, which would give them enough to use for the RWC, and the Olympics Soccer.

So the only cost is prize money and free accommodation.
As you say, loose change.

And given the craven nature of the men at the top of our sport, I cannot see them turning it down.




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Posted By: islander
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2023 at 21:14
After what happened with football world cup in Qatar (a significantly more liberal Gulf nation) last year to sponsors from the booze sector, I'm sure Budweiser will be beating a path to World Rugby's door already, 'where do we sign?!'


Posted By: corporalcarrot
Date Posted: 03 Aug 2023 at 08:24
It would seem easier for them to buy up a few clubs or should I say franchises. There seems to be a couple available with a fast track ticket to the premiership. 

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Posted By: Camquin
Date Posted: 03 Aug 2023 at 08:52
But nobody watches club rugby.
OK maybe not quite nobody, but on a global scale, so close to zero it does not register.
See the discussions on the practicality of getting more rugby coverage passim.




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Posted By: corporalcarrot
Date Posted: 03 Aug 2023 at 08:55
Originally posted by Camquin Camquin wrote:

But nobody watches club rugby.
OK maybe not quite nobody, but on a global scale, so close to zero it does not register.
See the discussions on the practicality of getting more rugby coverage passim.


If the Saudis chuck enough money at it they would be the dominant side in Europe in no time.

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Posted By: Paul10
Date Posted: 03 Aug 2023 at 10:38
Originally posted by corporalcarrot corporalcarrot wrote:

Originally posted by Camquin Camquin wrote:

But nobody watches club rugby.
OK maybe not quite nobody, but on a global scale, so close to zero it does not register.
See the discussions on the practicality of getting more rugby coverage passim.


If the Saudis chuck enough money at it they would be the dominant side in Europe in no time.

Apparently Tom Brady is now part owner of Birmingham FC...

World is going mad.


Posted By: WEvans
Date Posted: 03 Aug 2023 at 14:47
Originally posted by Paul10 Paul10 wrote:

Originally posted by corporalcarrot corporalcarrot wrote:

Originally posted by Camquin Camquin wrote:

But nobody watches club rugby.
OK maybe not quite nobody, but on a global scale, so close to zero it does not register.
See the discussions on the practicality of getting more rugby coverage passim.


If the Saudis chuck enough money at it they would be the dominant side in Europe in no time.

Apparently Tom Brady is now part owner of Birmingham FC...

World is going mad.

Well they haven't done very well with real football people in charge so they might as well give one of those American football people a go. 


Posted By: Robb
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2023 at 08:24
A country with no beer hosting a major rugby tournament?

No thank you!


Posted By: MikeGC
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2023 at 13:45
That would be brilliant !!
As long as they pay for it to be hosted somewhere like the USA or Canada and not expect it to be played in the Middle East


Posted By: kempstonblue
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2023 at 20:21
Originally posted by Robb Robb wrote:

A country with no beer hosting a major rugby tournament?

No thank you!

I am Teetotal so guess that’s at least one spectator.  Should be retiring that year as well LOLLOL


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Posted By: Marylebone
Date Posted: 12 Aug 2023 at 00:04
The “Rugby Vacancies” site on Twitter are reporting;

“Saudi Arabian Rugby Federation is looking for a CEO, further role and application details at the pictures”

RWC 2035 bid - first Item in the In Tray? 



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