Canberra rugby figures warn of missed opportunities for World Cup | Canberra Times

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While Canberra’s local rugby clubs are expected to celebrate the announcement that Australia’s bid for the 2027 Rugby World Cup is likely to be won, the news has instead been overshadowed by the ACT government’s refusal to shake up the cost of hosting. World Rugby’s decision will be made in May next year, but the government of the territory is opposed to reducing the price required for a venue to be one of the 10 used in the tournament, which means that it is unlikely that there will be some matches for Canberra. Nela and Luke Whiteman both play for Eastern juniors. Their father Aiden Whitehall, an under-7 coach for the club, said it would be hugely important for the game to host a World Cup in Australia. “Having international stars for the city, with all the media coverage and excitement, would just be a massive boost for community rugby,” Whitehall said. “There would be a lot more interest in the kids.” Every time we have a Brumbies player visiting the club, you get so much more motivation from the kids, so imagine what kind of impact it would have on them to see an international player in Canberra. “MORE: James Manders, Easts’ acting president, highlighted the struggles the rugby union faces and how it needs more support.” We fight for the number, we fight for volunteers, and we fight for sponsorship, so it’s a game changer to have the World Cup. It will put an international spotlight on Australia and Canberra, “said Mr Manders.” We do not get as much funding as the other sports in Australia, so it is a missed opportunity if we do not have the Rugby World Cup locally. “Canberra Royal President Jim Taylor reiterated the belief that having World Cup matches in the capital would create huge benefits for Canberra children.” The real benefit of hosting the World Cup in Canberra is being able to physically watch it and getting kids exposed to in-person matches, “Mr Taylor said.” It encapsulates them to stay engaged. “Rugby is a very nurturing sport. The clubhouse has a pastoral character and it is a supportive community, so having international players would encourage even more people to take part in our great sport.” Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the local community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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