14 Oct 2011

Russia to bid for 2023 Rugby World Cup

7:14 am on 14 October 2011

Russia, who made their Rugby World Cup debut last month, plan to bid for the sport's premier event in 2023.

Russia lost all four group matches here, but the game's profile has steadily risen at home in recent years and the world's largest country has been awarded the Sevens World Cup in 2013, with sevens making its Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.