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Scotland pull out of RWC 2015 bid

Scotland line up against New Zealand at Murrayfield
Murrayfield staged games during the 2007 World Cup, hosted by France

Scotland have withdrawn from the race to co-host the 2015 Rugby World Cup - meaning there will be no joint bid from the home nations.

The Scots wanted to host a pool and at least one quarter-final but could not secure an agreement with the English, Irish and Welsh unions.

In February, RFU chairman Martyn Thomas said that England would make a solo bid, with some games going elsewhere.

Ireland and Wales would need partner nations to stage the event.

Japan, Italy and South Africa are also in the running, while Australia pulled out, saying Europe was the logical next destination after New Zealand host the tournament in 2011.

McKie explains withdrawal from RWC bid

A Scottish Rugby statement read: "The Scottish Government confirmed its willingness to sub underwrite an equitable proportion of the required £80m event guarantee expected by the IRB in return for Scotland to be able to host these games.

"As the discussions progressed, including discussions with the UK Government, an agreement between the four home unions could not be secured.

"We have always stated that we believe that a four home unions bid would have been a strong bid and one which would have been positively received by world rugby and indeed the IRB.

"During the review process we have worked closely with the Scottish Government who have offered every assistance and we are grateful for their support during the bid process.

"We plan to work with our Scottish partners to ensure that we are successful in hosting future international rugby and sporting events in Scotland. "

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see also
Australia ends 2015 World Cup bid
20 Apr 09 |  Rugby Union
England to make solo 2015 Cup bid
19 Feb 09 |  Rugby Union
Japan to bid for 2015 World Cup
01 Oct 08 |  Rugby Union

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