Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Australia disappointed as New Zealand win Women's Rugby World Cup hosting rights

The New Zealand squad celebrates winning the Rugby World Cup in 2015 but many familiar faces like Richie Mc Caw and Dan Carter are gone The New Zealand squad celebrates winning the Rugby World Cup in 2015 but many familiar faces like Richie Mc Caw and Dan Carter are gone
Cassandra Castillo | 17 November, 2018, 09:00

New Zealand will host the 2021 women's Rugby World Cup, or to be more accurate Auckland and Whangarei.

"We are looking forward to working together to deliver a world-class tournament for players, officials, fans, commercial partners and spectators watching around the world". The panel voted 25-17 in New Zealand's favour.

"It's fantastic for the whole Wellington region that All Blacks fans will still get to experience Test match rugby at Westpac Stadium in a reduced Investec Rugby Championship schedule", Wellington Rugby acting chief executive Matt Evans said.

New Zealand powerbrokers have been promised $10million in central government support for the tournament which will be based in Auckland and Northland and this appears to be what got their bid over the line.

ATEED General Manager Destination, Steve Armitage says Auckland is an worldwide award-winning world-class host city and hosting the Women's Rugby World Cup is consistent with the region becoming a world centre for women in sport in the next five years.

The tournament follows the very special and record-breaking Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 in Ireland which had a hugely positive impact on Women's rugby.

RA hoped its pitch for the most professional women's World Cup yet would win over the 42 Council members, but Castle said the Black Ferns' success (they are the reigning World Cup winners) proved a decisive factor.

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"In the end I think World Rugby was spoilt for choice with two very compelling bids".

New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew says it will be a 12 team competition.

The event in New Zealand in 2021 will follow record-breaking Women's Rugby World Cup in Ireland a year ago. It will be the first Women's Rugby World Cup in the southern Hemisphere.

Since then, with the exception of 2006, when it was staged in Canada, the tournament has always taken place in Europe.

Meanwhile, the Black Ferns will again serve as the curtain-raiser against Australia at Eden Park before the All Blacks' Bledisloe Cup clash against the Wallabies.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it was a proud moment for the country as her government seeks to promote women's sport. It will be the first time the tournament has been held in the Southern Hemisphere, with matches to be played in Auckland and Whangarei.

"Securing the Women's Rugby World Cup, against strong competition from Australia, shows the growing status and recognition of worldwide women's sporting events", he says.

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