The World Rugby Council has unanimously voted to officially select the United States as the host nation of the 2031 Men’s Rugby World Cup and the 2033 Women’s Rugby World Cup. Hogan Lovells partner Michael Kuh, who has a market-leading sports event acquisition practice at Hogan Lovells, was the lead outside counsel for the successful bid. Steve Argeris, a D.C. and New York-based counsel at the firm, is member of the board of directors for USA Rugby and was involved in the bid committee. The moment marks a pivotal turning point for the sport of rugby in the United States and around the world. This will be the first time a Men’s Rugby World Cup has been held in North or South America, as a new hosting concept is put in place as the U.S. stages consecutive Men’s and Women’s events within the same organizational structure. The unparalleled growth made possible by bringing the world’s third-largest sports event and the fastest growing women’s event to the world’s largest sports market cannot be overstated.