Australian Wallabies players celebrate winning the third Bledisloe Cup rugby union match against the New Zealand All Blacks at Lang Park in Brisbane, Australia, October 21, 2017.

Australia open to sharing Rugby World Cup games with New Zealand

Australia might share some video games with New Zealand if it wins the proper to stage the 2027 Rugby World Cup.

Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan instructed New Zealand media the Australian bid was nonetheless being formulated and he was open to sharing World Cup video games as a way of strengthening the connection between the Pacific neighbours.

“There’s a lot of history between our two countries so I’m really open to that,” McLennan instructed Sky TV on Wednesday.

“I want to have a friendly and co-operative relationship. You’re a fantastic rugby nation.”

New Zealand and Australia co-hosted the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987. After an preliminary plan to co-host the 2003 match, Australia went it alone. New Zealand hosted it in 2011, profitable the title on house soil for a second time.

With the 2015 Rugby World Cup hosted by England, final yr’s match in Japan — the primary to be staged in Asia — and the 2023 version set to be staged in France, it’s possible the 2027 match will go to a bid from the southern hemisphere.

The determination on the 2027 and 2031 Rugby World Cups are anticipated to be confirmed inside two years, with Australia and North America thought to be main candidates to host the tournaments.

International rugby has been shuttered throughout the coronavirus pandemic, however New Zealand has already kicked off a home alternative for the suspended Super Rugby competitors with a five-team competitors involving its Super Rugby franchises.

Australia’s home Super Rugby match is ready to kick off subsequent week.

Australia and New Zealand are hoping to play an expanded Bledisloe Cup collection between the All Blacks and Wallabies later this yr.