New Zealand to host 2021 Women's World Cup

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt Source

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt Source

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said the Government's support for the Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 bid showed "where our country is in, in regards to women's matters, where we are in regards to running major events and also where we are as a rugby nation".

The 2021 tournament will be based in Auckland and Northland. "New Zealand is the home of women's rugby, the Black Ferns captured our imaginations again when they won their fifth World Cup title past year, and our entire country will get behind the tournament and all the teams participating in 2021", Ardern said in a statement from the South East Asia Economic Forum.

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. It will be the only chance the two teams get to size each other up ahead of the tournament.

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Auckland and Whangarei have been confirmed as the host cities, and this will be the first time that the WRWC has been played in the Southern Hemisphere. It's a recognition that the game has changed since the onset of full-time professionalism in the Super League era, meaning that for a good number of the Championship and League One clubs who have won the Challenge Cup in the past, reaching Wembley now seems a distant dream.

Tew said Palmer told the council about her introduction to rugby and what the game meant to her.

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"The support we have had from the NSW and federal government was truly outstanding and we know we put forward a compelling case. but unfortunately we didn't get the votes on the day".

"I think New Zealand did that very well".

Palmer has a six-year-old daughter and can not wait for her to witness the tournament.

"Women's rugby continues to grow with over 2.4 million women and girls playing rugby at all levels, accounting for more than a quarter of players globally", he said. She was also rapt for those in New Zealand who had worked on the bid: "I was kind of dreading coming back home and facing all those of people and what they were going to say".

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont congratulated New Zealand on their victory. That certainly came out in the bid.

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