Budget 2021: Government backs British bids to host 2025 Women’s Rugby World Cup and 2026 Tour de France Grand Départe. rugby union news


England lost to New Zealand in the 2017 Rugby World Cup final

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will on Wednesday announce a £30 million budget funding to prepare British bids to host the 2025 Women’s Rugby World Cup and the 2026 Tour de France Grand Départe.

The former was last held in England in 2010, when New Zealand defeated England in the final at Twickenham Stoop, while the last was held in that country in 2014.

In addition, Sunak is expected to pledge an additional £11 million for the UK and Ireland’s bid for the 2030 Men’s Football World Cup, the Treasury said.

He said: “I am excited about the prospect of the UK hosting more world-class sporting events. That is why I am supporting these UK proposals, with over £40 million to support our cause. More funding.

“Our offerings will include events across the country, and I hope everyone gets a chance to cheer on their sporting heroes.

“The UK is the best in the world in both rugby and cycling, and bringing these events home will allow thousands to see the next generation of British sporting heroes.”

The Rugby Football Union plans to adopt a multi-city, multi-regional approach to deliver the 2025 Global Centerpiece.

RFU Managing Director Bill Sweeney said: “We are absolutely delighted that the government has confirmed funding for the 2025 Rugby World Cup bid.

“If our application is successful, we are confident that hosting this tournament across England will be a transformation for women’s and women’s football, attracting thousands of players, volunteers and spectators to our sport.

“By working with the government, we can present a nomination that inspires and demonstrates the power of women’s sport on the world stage. “

Yorkshire hosted stages one and two of the Tour de France seven years ago, after which the event moved to London before moving to France.

British Cycling’s Managing Director Brian Feser said: “The Grand Départe of the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire was an unforgettable celebration of our sport and is still talked about today, inspiring a new generation of cyclists .

“Most importantly, these few days have highlighted our country’s reputation as one of the best cycling countries in the world, and we are proud of the UK government’s proposal to bring the sport’s flagship event back to these shores in 2026. Glad to support.”

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