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England in solo bid to host cup.



ENGLAND want to act as sole hosts of the Rugby World Cup For the rugby league competition, see .
The Rugby World Cup is the premier international rugby union competition. The event is organised by the sport's governing body, the International Rugby Board (IRB), and is contested by the men's national teams.
 in 2007, it was confirmed today. But they could be challenged by France for the rights to stage the tournament.

England acted as official hosts in 1991 but then the matches were spread around the other home Unions and France.

'There has been an expression of interest both by England and France to host the Rugby World Cup in 2007,' said Vernon Pugh, Chairman of the International Rugby Board The International Rugby Board (IRB) is the world governing and law-making body for the sport of rugby union, and previously for rugby football. It was founded in 1886 as the International Rugby Football Board (IRFB) by Scotland, Wales and Ireland.  in Dublin today.

Pugh added: 'That decision could be made in 2002 and certainly before the next World Cup which takes place in Australia and New Zealand New Zealand (zē`lənd), island country (2005 est. pop. 4,035,000), 104,454 sq mi (270,534 sq km), in the S Pacific Ocean, over 1,000 mi (1,600 km) SE of Australia. The capital is Wellington; the largest city and leading port is Auckland.  in 2003.'

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 said today that they hoped rugby's 'grannygate' three will discover their fate within the next 14 days.

Welsh duo Shane Howarth and Brett Sinkinson and Scotland's Dave Hilton will have their cases heard by an independent judicial panel.

'The panel will be meeting within the next 10 days and they could come down with a decision a matter of days after,' said the IRB's Chief Executive officer Stephen Baines.

Howarth and Sinkinson have been stopped from playing for Wales Wales, Welsh Cymru, western peninsula and political division (principality) of Great Britain (1991 pop. 2,798,200), 8,016 sq mi (20,761 sq km), west of England; politically united with England since 1536. The capital is Cardiff.  in recent games because of doubts over claims they qualify via a grandfather, while Hilton was withdrawn from Scotland's squad for tomorrow's Six-Nations game against England for the same reason.

The IRB confirmed that the independent panel will have the powers to act against either the Unions or individuals.

The punishments can range from a caution, reprimand REPRIMAND, punishment. The censure which in some cases a public office pronounces against an offender.
     2. This species of punishment is used by legislative bodies to punish their members or others who have been guilty of some impropriety of conduct towards them.
, fine or suspension from the IRB.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Apr 2, 2000
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