Australia lose World Cup bid

New Zealand win 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup

Rugby Australia's annus horribilis has continued after New Zealand were awarded the 2021 Women's World Cup in Dublin.

New Zealand has beaten Australia in the race to host the ninth Women's Rugby World Cup (WRWC) in 2021.

New Zealand won their fifth Women's Rugby World Cup in 2017 after they beat England 41-32 in a pulsating final at Kingspan Stadium, the home of Ulster Rugby, in Belfast.

This is the first time the tournament will be hosted in the southern hemisphere.

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew told the Radio Sport Breakfast they looked at the option of holding games throughout the country but it proved unfeasible.

"The Government is supporting NZ Rugby's hosting of the tournament with a financial contribution through the Major Events Development Fund".

"More of those teams now want to be in the Women's world cup and expansion in the women's world cup will be a topic for discussion".

He says World Rugby has extended it now so there are better gaps between games.


The Australian bid team were told their bid was outstanding but Castle believes that the Kiwi's success on the global stage influenced the result. "We know we're going to a country that delivers major events well. the 2011 Rugby World Cup, a British and Irish Lions tour a year ago... these guys know how to do it".

Following the announcement New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: "I'm hugely excited the event will be held here". 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.

"Auckland is well experienced at organising these events with the Rugby World Cup in 2011 and the World Masters Games previous year, and we'll be excellent hosts".

England, France, Wales and Portugal had expressed interest in hosting the event, but only New Zealand and Australia put formal bids forward.

Australia's bid targeted Newcastle and the Hunter region as the hosting site, and came off the back of a $10 million funding promise from the government to help grow the sport.

"I'm really looking forward to her seeing the best of these female rugby players on our home turf that's why drives me now".

Twelve teams will play in the tournament, to be staged in Auckland and Northland and it will see a number of new changes as well.

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