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Putin gives backing to Russian bid for 2027 Rugby World Cup

Russian president Vladimir Putin (by Kenzaburo Fukuhara - Pool/Getty Images)

The Russian Rugby Federation has been given a major boost to its mooted bid to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup, after confirming that the country’s president Vladimir Putin has backed the proposal.

While the official bidding campaign for the event does not get underway until next February, the federation said last week that it had established a committee to prepare its application, and has now announced that it has backing from the highest levels of government. 

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