World Cup criteria
The weighted criteria categories agreed by RWCL Board and Council and communicated to host candidates are based on World Rugby’s objectives. They are:
Venues and infrastructure commensurate with a top-tier major event;
Comprehensive and enforceable public and private sector guarantees;
A commercially successful event with a fully-funded‚ robust financial model;
Operational excellence through an integrated and experienced delivery team;
A vision that engages and inspires domestic and international audiences and contributes to the growth of rugby at all levels.
An enabling environment of political and financial stability that respects the diversity of the Rugby World Cup’s global stakeholders;
An environment and climate suited to top-level sport in a geography that allows maximum fan mobility;
When votes are cast on November 15‚ Ireland‚ France and South Africa‚ as bidding countries‚ cannot participate, leaving 39 votes. Those eligible to vote in the secret ballot will be Australia (3 votes)‚ England (3)‚ New Zealand (3)‚ Scotland (3)‚ Wales (3)‚ Italy (3)‚ Argentina (3)‚ Canada (1)‚ Japan (2)‚ Georgia (1)‚ Romania (1)‚ USA (1)‚ Asia Rugby (2)‚ Oceania Rugby (2)‚ Rugby Africa (2)‚ Rugby Americas North (2)‚ Rugby Europe (2)‚ Sudamerica Rugby (2).
In the event that none of the host candidates receives a simple majority in the first round‚ the candidate with the least number of votes will drop out before a second ballot.