New Zealand to host 2021 women's Rugby World Cup

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It gives us a great opportunity in our time zone.

With the Black Ferns based in Aotearoa, New Zealand, we pitched it that if you played women's rugby you'd want to come to New Zealand.

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont congratulated New Zealand on their victory.

He said: "This is a significant and exciting day for the Challenge Cup, and the game's relationship with Wembley Stadium".

The opening match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off on Friday, September 20 as nations from all across the globe compete for the William Webb Ellis Trophy in Japan. The panel voted 25-17 in New Zealand's favour.

"You listen to the presentation and it's the passion for the sport", Beaumont said. It's in their DNA isn't it?

Next year also sees the introduction of the 1985 Cup - a second chance for Championship and League One clubs to reach Wembley in a further bid to add a spark to Cup Final day, which saw a disappointing 50,672 crowd watch Catalans Dragons beat Warrington last August.

We need to make sure that in Australia we make the most of it be that sevens or XVs and the support our rugby community has shown us around this process only reassures that we're doing the right thing by putting additional emphasis on our women's program and making it a really important part of our high performance pathway.

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

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said New Zealand would stage a world class event but expressed sympathy for Australia's failed bid.

"They both spoke very genuinely and directly to the councillors about the meaning of rugby in our country, the growth of the women's game and what it means to New Zealand to host these big events".

Castle said RA would weigh up a bid for the 2025 contest.

Wellington is to host the mouth-watering Rugby World Cup 2019 preview between the All Blacks and South Africa.

"We've got Super W that's hugely important, that now will go to another level next year, the growth in women's participation in Sevens and XVs is double, nearly close to triple digits in some parts of the country and also sometimes in non-traditional states", she said.

The tournament follows the record-breaking Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 in Ireland which had a hugely positive impact on women's rugby. "If Council. chooses to go down a different path, well that is Council's right". "This is about the momentum we've got for women's rugby".

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