Published: Fri, November 16, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Australia misses out on hosting rights for Women's Rugby World Cup

Australia misses out on hosting rights for Women's Rugby World Cup

Following extensive hosting interest, the selection process saw New Zealand and Australia submit strong and compelling bids.

"It's huge for the country - another major global event coming to New Zealand and a chance to execute an outstanding tournament".

The draw for all three tournaments will be held on November 27th.

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

With women's rugby continuing to experience record global growth and participation levels at an all-time high, the world's top female players will head to Auckland and Whangarei on New Zealand's North Island for the ninth Women's Rugby World Cup. "I just spoke from the heart, really".

"If I was a Kiwi I would think it's coming home". "This is something we have been wanting for a long time, and the timing is right".

"As unfortunate as it is that [the World Cup] won't be here, it is still another opportunity for the game to grow with more exposure", she said. The latter said she was uncertain what the outcome would be.

"Congratulations to New Zealand on being elected Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 host", said World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont in a statement.

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'I don't know if it will be exactly the same or copying New Zealand, but we will certainly be managing the individual players together and that will incorporate periods of rest'.

"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".

"There is no better place".

"Every member of the World Rugby Council would have got a fully documented appraisal of the two bids".

"This is why I think the timing is right".

"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". It will be the first to feature a number of format changes.

The 2021 tournament will feature quarter-finals for the first time and will run for 35 days, up from the 23-day span in Ireland past year which was deemed too physically demanding.

The final of the tournament is likely to be at Eden Park, with a Pacific Nations tournament to run simultaneous to develop the game in the Pacific. It will be the first time the tournament has been held in the Southern Hemisphere, with matches to be played in Auckland and Whangarei.

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