Rugby World Cup
Russia to bid for 2023 World Cup
ESPNscrum Staff
October 14, 2011
Russia's Denis Simplikevich dives across for his try, Australia v Russia, Rugby World Cup, Trafalgar Park, Nelson, October 1, 2011
Denis Simplikevich scores against the Wallabies during the World Cup © Getty Images

Russia will bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023 after making their first appearance in the tournament in New Zealand.

Russia came bottom of Pool C following defeats to Ireland, Australia, the United States and Italy. But the game's profile has risen significantly in Russia in recent years and they will host the rugby sevens World Cup in 2013.

"During our board meeting RRU president Vyacheslav Kopyev stated that Russia would lodge a formal bid to host the World Cup in 2023," read a statement on the Russian Rugby Union website.

"The Russian team had a respectable showing in New Zealand, scoring eight tries - a great achievement for the World Cup debutants. Still, we fell short of our main objective - we could not win against the United States.

"One of our objectives is to win the rugby sevens World Cup in 2013 and also compete in a (15-a-side) World Cup on a regular basis."

England will host the 2015 tournament while Japan will stage the tournament four years later.

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