USA Rugby has officially launched its bid to host the 2027 or 2031 World Cup and become the first country in North or South America to stage the tournament.

Cities such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago and New York have expressed an interested in holding games, some of which would be played in NFL stadiums.

USA Rugby is also bidding for the 2029 Women's World Cup, with January the deadline for submissions for the events.

USA Rugby World Cup bid chairman Jim Brown said: "This is a proud moment as we introduce our vision for a World Cup on American soil.

"We are confident in the strength of this bid, the support around us, the cities and stadiums interested in hosting, our country’s top-level infrastructure for large-scale sports events and the opportunity the US population of sports fans presents for rugby’s growth, both domestically and globally."

While the USA are bidding for the 2027 and 2031 tournaments, Brown admitted that 2031 would be their preference, adding that multiple NFL franchises have expressed an interest in having their stadiums used.

"Over the course of the last six or seven months, I think it's clear to say that our preference is 2031 given the extra time we might want to focus on developing the game, and the market for rugby.

"Part of our approach to the host cities and stadiums is that they are going to be partners with us.

"In the case of San Francisco, the group leading the bid is the 49ers. In Boston, it’s the Kraft family and the (New England) Patriots. Our success is their success."

The USA will be bidding alongside Australia and Russia for the 2027 tournament.

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