Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

New Zealand to host 2021 women’s Rugby World Cup

New Zealand to host 2021 women’s Rugby World Cup

She said it wouldn't change anything in regards to the development of the Wallaroos squad. He added: 'We believe the introduction of the 1895 Cup will give that relationship another boost.

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said it nearly felt like the tournament was "coming home" in being awarded to New Zealand.

"We're excited about it", he said.

"With the 1895 Cup, we want to recognise the contribution of our non-Super League clubs to the game's history since its founding as the Northern Union 123 years ago - and provide an exciting new chance for their players and supporters to taste the magic of Wembley".

New Zealand has also been promised central government support for its proposed tournament based in Auckland and Northland.

"I think that was certainly a significant contribution to some people's decision". It's in their DNA isn't it?

"We always look forward to the women's Rugby World Cup and then we come home and say 'when are we going to have it back here?' This is something we've been wanting for a long time, and the timing is right".

Representatives from Australia and New Zealand will deliver a short pitch to round off their bids, having both spent time behind the scenes this week wooing votes from council members ahead what is expected to be a tight outcome.


Australia had planned on hosting the event in the Hunter region, with a final to be played at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle.

Rugby League is proud of the length and strength of that association - Wembley Stadium has been the setting for so numerous greatest matches and memories in the game's history, with Catalans Dragons writing another chapter when they became the first overseas club to win the Cup earlier this year.

At this year's fixture, staged on August 25, just 50,672 watched Catalans Dragons upset Warrington, the lowest attendance for the fixture at Wembley since 1937.

"It's not very often we compete with Australia and think it's unfair to win but today was a day that could've gone either way", he said. "They had a very strong bid".

Elsewhere, Wellington will host a rugby world cup dress rehearsal between the All Blacks and Springboks on July 27. "We put a compelling case together and the presentation went well but unfortunately we didn't get the votes on the day".

Castle said she would like to see the same process that occurs with the men. "If Council. chooses to go down a different path, well that is Council's right".

"I think it's also the overwhelming support we've had from the rugby community".

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