British bids for Women’s Rugby World Cup and Tour de France Grand Départ gain state support – .

British bids for Women’s Rugby World Cup and Tour de France Grand Départ gain state support – .

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced public funding of £ 30million (US $ 41.2million) in his latest budget to prepare UK bids to host the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2025 and the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2026.
The premiere was last held in England in 2010, when New Zealand defeated England in the final at Twickenham Stoop, while the last was in that country in 2014.

In addition, Sunak is expected to pledge an additional £ 11million (US $ 15.1million) for UK and Ireland’s bid for the 2030 FIFA Men’s World Cup.

He said: “I am excited about the prospect of bringing more world class sporting events to the UK. This is why I am supporting these British offers, with funding of over £ 40million to champion our cause.

“Our nominations will include events taking place across the country, and I hope everyone has the chance to cheer on their sporting heroes.

“Britain is the best in the world at rugby and cycling, and bringing these events home will allow thousands of people to see the next generation of British sporting heroes. “

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) plans to take a multi-city, multi-region 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 convinced that hosting this tournament across England would be a transformation for women’s and women’s football, attracting thousands of players, volunteers and spectators to our sport.

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

Yorkshire hosted stages one and two of the Tour de France seven years ago, with the event then moving to London before heading to France.

British Cycling Managing Director Brian Facer said: “The Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire was an unforgettable celebration of our sport and is still being talked about to this day, inspiring a new generation of cyclists.

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


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