16 Aug 2008

Russia and Jamaica bid to host Rugby World Cup

11:09 am on 16 August 2008

Unheralded Russia and Jamaica have submitted surprise bids to host the Rugby World Cup.

The International Rugby Board says 10 nations expressed a formal intention to stage the 2015 or 2019 World Cups before the Friday afternoon deadline.

Australia, England, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, South Africa and Wales will bid against Japan, who lost out to New Zealand for the right to host the 2011 tournament, for the 2015 competition.

Jamaica, 85th in the world rankings, have never taken part in a World Cup but compete against Australia, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, South Africa, Wales, Japan and Russia for the right to stage the 2019 event.