D-Day for RWC bidders

England and Japan are expected to win the rights to host the 2015 and 2019 Rugby World Cups respectively when the IRB Council meets in Dublin on Tuesday.

Rival candidates South Africa and Italy are set to lose out after the earlier recommendation made by Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL).

RWCL, who run the tournament, made its decision after consulting with television and sponsorship experts and the IRB Council is expected to ratify it.

Each candidate will need 14 votes from the 24-man IRB Council to secure the rights. However, the process is not a ‘one man, one vote’ procedure, as major unions have two votes.

England’s World Cup bid projects a profit of at least £60 million more than any of the other candidates, which is important to the IRB seeing as the 2011 World Cup will be held in New Zealand.

If England are awarded the 2015 World Cup, it will be their second major sporting event in a few years with London already set to host the 2012 Olympics.