Russian President Vladimir Putin has backed the bid by the country to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup.
The Russian Rugby Federation has confirmed their interest to host the tournament and they will bid to host the biggest tournament in rugby.
A statement released on Tuesday revealed that the Federation has formed a committee for the bidding process.
“The Supreme Council of the Rugby Union of Russia has created a Committee to prepare an application to host the 2027 rugby world cup in Russia The start of the bidding campaign officially begins in February 2021 and a decision will be made by World Rugby in May 2022,” reads a statement by Russia Rugby.
“Anticipating the creation of the committee, chairman of the supreme council of the Russian Rugby Federation Igor Artemyev recalled that the initiative to prepare an application to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup in Russia was supported by the president of Russia at the council for the development of physical culture and sports.
“The necessary consultations were held with the participation of the ministry of sports. By the end of this year detailed information and criteria for the application are expected.”
Russia will face stiff competitions from Australia who are keen to host the event.
France held off competition from Ireland and South Africa to stage the 2023 tournament, with Japan having enjoyed a record-breaking competition in 2019.