Australia gets ‘preferred’ status for Rugby World Cup in ‘27

  • Australia's Nic White, right, avoids a tackle from Wales' Josh Adams as he runs to score a try during the rugby union international match between Wales and Australia at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, ON Saturday. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

LONDON — The Rugby World Cup appears set to be heading back to Australia for 2027, leaving the United States as the front-runner to host the event in 2031.