The 2027 Rugby World Cup, the 11th to be held, will be contested in Australia from 1 October and 13 November. Australia has previously hosted the Rugby World Cup in 2003, and co-hosted with New Zealand in 1987. The defending champions are:
The 2027 tournament will be the 40th anniversary of Australia and New Zealand hosting the first Rugby World Cup in 1987.
The World Cup in 2027 will be expanded to include 24 teams (there have been 20 teams since 1999). The tournament will feature six pools of four teams, with a round of 16 added prior to the quarter-finals, and overall the tournament will be held over six weeks (one less than previously)
- All World Cup Rugby Host Countries
- The previous World Cup was the 2021 World Cup in France
- Rugby Union Calendar
- Sport in Australia