Russia's rugby bid

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The Russian Rugby Union (RRU) has announced plans to bid for the 2023 IRB Rugby World Cup as the sport furthers its development in the country.

The announcement came hot on the heels of Russia's debut at the sports showpiece event during the tournament in New Zealand. As expected, the national team lost all four of its group matches, with its best result coming in a narrow 13–6 defeat to the United States. However, the game is steadily raising its profile in Russia and the RRU has outlined solid targets for future development. During our board meeting RRU president Vyacheslav Kopyev stated that Russia would lodge a formal bid to host the World Cup in 2023, the RRU said in a press release. The Russian team had a respectable showing in New Zealand, scoring eight tries – a great achievement for the World Cup debutants. Still, we fell short of our main objective – we could not win against the United States. Russia had expressed an interest in hosting either the 2015 or 2019 IRB World Cup before concentrating its efforts on successfully landing the 2013 World Cup Sevens. The next two IRB World Cups were eventually awarded to England and Japan, but Russias chances of hosting the 2023 tournament will be boosted from the legacy of the countrys staging of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The country will invest in the development of 12 stadia across 11 cities for the football tournament, while wider infrastructure will also be enhanced to provide a platform for a bid for the Rugby World Cup.

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