28 Jul 2009

England set to get 2015 Rugby World Cup

2:58 pm on 28 July 2009

England is in line to be awarded the right to stage the sport's 2015 World Cup when the International Rugby Board Council meets in Dublin tonight.

Unlike previous World Cup announcements, this one should not be quite so much of a surprise given that Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) last month nominated Engand as its favoured candidate for 2015 and Japan for 2019.

However, officials at England's Rugby Football Union will not be taking anything for granted given the last-ditch deals which have been a part of previous bids.

RWCL, which runs the tournament, chose England, ahead of rival candidates South Africa and Italy, as its preferred option for 2015 after consulting television and sponsorship experts.

England's bid projects a surplus at least 150 million dollars more than its rivals and that financial strength is important to the IRB, which uses proceeds from World Cups to fund its development programmes.

The 2011 World Cup is in New Zealand.