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New Zealand to host 2021 Women's World Cup

New Zealand to host 2021 Women's World Cup

New Zealand has won the right to host the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup, bringing the tournament to the southern hemisphere for the first time.

It is believed that numerous nations competing in the tournament, including the four home nations of England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, backed Australia's bid but numerous nations without a qualified team including South Africa and Argentina voted for New Zealand.

The England men's side are due to open the tournament and will be seeded as A1 alongside holders Australia, New Zealand and Tonga.

New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew said this match will be a special opportunity to look at the All Blacks before next year's Rugby World Cup. "New Zealand is one of the biggest rugby-loving nations in the world, so as much as it is a loss for us it is a gain for the game as a whole".

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

Holders Australia will be seeded B1 with New Zealand being in pot two.

The All Blacks will host the world No.7 Australians at their Auckland fortress on August 17, a week after the teams meet at Optus Stadium in Perth for the first time.




Ralph Rimmer, the chief executive of the Rugby Football League, said: "This is a significant and exciting day for the Challenge Cup, and the game's relationship with Wembley Stadium".

"I would also like to thank Australia for their exceptional bid".

Ahead of last year's 2023 Rugby World Cup vote, the Rugby World Cup executive published a recommendation based on the bids, putting South Africa as the leading contender.

"It doesn't change anything in terms of developing our Wallroos it just means we want to play on home soil and have to go across the Tasman to win the World Cup", Castle said.

"There's lot's going on in New Zealand, there's the global women's group on women in sport, there's the Government that's just released its strategy on women and girls in sport", Dr Palmer said.

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 adds vitality to the city and region, helping reinforce Wellington's reputation as the events capital of New Zealand". I think it will do a huge amount for the growth of the women's game.

"There is no better place".

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