NZ wins bid to host women's Rugby World Cup

15 November, 2018, 13:17 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Stars like Jason Taumalolo opted to instead represent Tonga at the last World Cup

It is the first time the Women's Rugby World Cup will be held in the southern hemisphere.

"To be able to announce this news across all three competitions, three years before their respective World Cup Finals, demonstrates further progress for the worldwide game and we look forward to ongoing collaboration with the RLWC2021 organisers".

Next year's fixture will take place on Saturday, July 27. "Next year's repeat match up promises plenty of excitement and, for All Blacks fans at least, a result reversal".

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

"We know that All Blacks tests typically pump between $7-$9 million into the regional economy, providing a big boost during the traditionally slower tourism winter months to the accommodation, hospitality and retail sectors. Whilst disappointing the girls won't get to play at home, they'll still get a huge amount of support". "It adds vitality to the city and region, helping reinforce Wellington's reputation as the events capital of New Zealand". "That's something we will be talking to World Rugby about".

Ten nations have already qualified including Fiji, Lebanon, Papua New Guinea and Samoa after reaching the final eight of the 2017 World Cup, while France and Wales recently secured their spot.

While the Australian bid team was still disappointed by the result, Castle admitted there would be time to acknowledge the fact it was an historic moment for the Southern Hemisphere, set to host the tournament for the first time.

Of the 1895 Cup, RFL chief executive Ralph Rimmer said: "It's a recognition the game has changed since the onset of full-time professionalism in the Super League era".

"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", Tew said.

Tew said he wasn't sure what the outcome of the bid would be before the presentation.

With women's rugby continuing to experience record global growth and participation levels at an all-time high, the world's top female players will head to Auckland and Whangarei on New Zealand's North Island for the ninth Women's Rugby World Cup.

"It was an unbelievable bid and I think what it's shown us is that there is such an enormous passion for women's rugby in Australia", she said.



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