New Zealand wins bid to host 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup

Annette Crawford
November 17, 2018

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said the Government's support for the Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 bid showed "where our country is in, in regards to women's matters, where we are in regards to running major events and also where we are as a rugby nation".

Despite Australian officials making a strong presentation to the game's head honchos in Dublin this morning, it wasn't enough to bring the event here.

"Congratulations to New Zealand on being elected Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 host", World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said.

"We had the Newcastle Hunter Region incredibly excited, all the rugby clubs and volunteers in that part of the world that wanted to host a Rugby World Cup, women's Rugby World Cup, so we need to make sure we maximise those opportunities and the tidal wave is coming and is running for women's rugby".

England and France had expressed an interest in hosting the tournament but only New Zealand and Australia put formal bids forward.

"We're obviously staying with a 12-team tournament in New Zealand but I think we'll see that expand, we'll see more of those countries involved".

Palmer played ten years in the Black Ferns and won the World Cup three times in 1998, 2002 and 2006.

The Black Ferns defeated England 41-32 in a final at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast to seal their fifth world title.

The Australian bid team were told their bid was outstanding but Castle believes that the Kiwi's success on the global stage influenced the result. The Foundation recently launched a 4-year fundraising campaign "Ensuring success on the world stage" to raise $200,000 per year for the Buildcorp Wallaroos as they begin their preparations for the Women's Rugby World Cup 2021. It will be the first Women's Rugby World Cup in the southern Hemisphere.

"The Sydney Sevens has only been going for two years and we're still seeing huge growth in numbers in Australia".

"Even though World Rugby made a recommendation for the men's World Cup last time and it wasn't followed, I still think it would be a good process for World Rugby to make a recommendation based on that analysis", Castle said. It will be the first time the tournament has been held in the Southern Hemisphere, with matches to be played in Auckland and Whangarei.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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