New Zealand to host 2021 Women's World Cup

Lynette Rowe
November 16, 2018

New Zealand's won the right to host the cup over Australia, with both bids being described as exceptional.

Asked about a hypothetical final between the Black Ferns and England at a sold-out Eden Park, Dr Palmer said she would probably laugh and cry her way through it as she had done for the 2011 Rugby World Cup final.

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said the New Zealand bid was too compelling to ignore.

"This Government is committed to more women and girls getting involved in sport, so we are enthusiastic supporters of bringing this elite women's tournament to New Zealand and inspiring a new generation of women and girls to get involved in rugby".

South Africa upset New Zealand in this year's edition of the tournament, pulling off a historic 36-34 victory - their first in Westpac Stadium - before the world champions got theirs back with a win at Loftus Versfeld last month.

The Rugby League World Cup is the pinnacle event of rugby league, globally contested every four years.

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"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.

The world's best women rugby players are coming to New Zealand.

Mr Dent says Wellington being named as host for one of only two All Blacks tests in New Zealand for 2019 is significant.

New Zealand's pitch to host the six-week tournament received strong Government support from sports minister Grant Robertson, and a personalised video message from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who expressed her delight at the outcome. I speak for all the Black Ferns and future Black Ferns out there that we can't wait to be part of this celebration of rugby. "To be able to announce this news across all three competitions, three years before their respective World Cup Finals, demonstrates further progress for the global game and we look forward to ongoing collaboration with the RLWC2021 organisers".

For a format once feared endangered by the rise of sevens, the figures are hugely encouraging, not least because Super W is gearing up for its second season and Wallaroos coach Dwayne Nestor will be looking for the next generation to take to Auckland in 2021.

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