World Rugby considering hosting World Cup every two years

South Africa were the winners of the 2019 World Cup
South Africa were the winners of the 2019 World Cup
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World Rugby chief executive Alan Gilpin said the governing body is considering World Cup every two years instead of four.

The news follows after FIFA floated the idea of hosting Football World Cups every two years subject to voting process to reshape the international calendar.

The men's World Cup has been staged every four years since the inaugural edition in 1987 while the first edition of Women's World Cup was played in 1991 with the second in 1994 but since then it was played every four years with last year's edition postponed to 2022 due to pandemic coronavirus.

According to a report in The Telegraph, Gilpin, WC23 chief executive Claude Atcher and chairman of World Rugby Bill Beaumont met in Paris to discuss on the upcoming 2023 World Cup to be held in France while also having a world on scheduling of the tournament along with further expansion.

"Biennial World Cups have been considered before and they're definitely something that we will continue to consider," said Gilpin to The Telegraph.

"It's an interesting concept, especially when you think about the global development of the women's game too.

"But the men's calendar is very congested and complex, with a lot of different stakeholders, and we have to make sure we engage with them all before we consider a World Cup every two years."


2019 Rugby World Cup Points Table