NZ to host Womens Rugby World Cup

Stars like Jason Taumalolo opted to instead represent Tonga at the last World Cup

SPORTStars 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.

Reigning champions New Zealand will host the 2021 Women's World Cup, World Rugby announced on Wednesday.

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), on behalf of Auckland Council, has supported New Zealand Rugby's and the government's bid along with co-host Whangarei.

"There's lots going on so we're going to be leveraging off that for developing rugby".

"I would still like to see that it's something that World Rugby does and then ultimately if council choose the governance process we've got at the moment to go down a different path well that's council's right", she said. "We have already said we're keen to host the men's World Cup in 2027 so all of our focus moves to that now".

"I spoke with emotion and passion and said this is what it means to us". "They had a very strong bid".

Mayor Phil Goff says it is great news that Auckland will be jointly hosting this exciting event.

The second pot will feature Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Fiji and Lebanon with the final two pots for the draw made up of the remaining qualifying teams, based on their world ranking, including the two most recently qualified sides, France and Wales. The concept is to grow the game in the Oceania region, and Tew said the aim was to have the final of that tournament played as a curtain raiser to the World Cup finale - possibly at Eden Park.

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All 12 teams will experience the same training facilities and hotels used to host the 2011 World Cup and last year's British and Irish Lions tour.

Either way, the ninth edition of the tournament will be the first staged in the southern hemisphere. "This will just give us an opportunity to do that".

Teams outside Betfred Super League will be eligible to take part in the 1895 Cup which will end in a final at Wembley on Saturday, August 24.

Tew paid credit to the Government for their support, with Black Ferns legend Dr Farah Palmer keen to leverage on much of the good work that is being done by the Government for female sport.

"I think New Zealand did that very well".

"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".

In the wake of that twist, World Rugby said it would review the public recommendation.

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