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New Zealand awarded 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup ahead of Australia

New Zealand awarded 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup ahead of Australia

New Zealand has pipped Australia in the race to host the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup.

Castle, Rugby Australia chairman Cameron Clyne and head of women's rugby Jilly Collins presented Australia's bid to the World Rugby Council on Wednesday but they were unable to poll enough votes.

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said he felt the decision was global recognition for the obsession for rugby in New Zealand.

The Black Ferns, five-time world champions and now preparing to face France in Grenoble, will finally get the chance to play in a home World Cup, the ninth pinnacle women's event in history.

NZ Rugby CEO Steve Tew was there as well, and was also ecstatic at the result.

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

The tournament follows the very special and record-breaking Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 in Ireland which had a hugely positive impact on Women's rugby.

"Hosting the Women's Rugby World Cup will provide a valuable platform to showcase and grow opportunities for women in sport at all levels, from participation to leadership".

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"The Sydney Sevens has only been going for two years and we're still seeing huge growth in numbers in Australia". The Foundation recently launched a 4-year fundraising campaign "Ensuring success on the world stage" to raise $200,000 per year for the Buildcorp Wallaroos as they begin their preparations for the Women's Rugby World Cup 2021.

"We are looking forward to working together to deliver a world-class tournament for players, officials, fans, commercial partners and spectators watching around the world".

"We made an early decision that the bid would not be successful if we tried to play it across the country".

On behalf of Rugby Australia I want to thank everyone who assisted with our bid for the 2021 Women's World Cup, especially the Australian Government and New South Wales Government for their significant backing.

New Zealand have won five of the last six World Cups, beating England 41-32 in the 2017 final and have previously hosted the men's edition of the tournament in 2011.

"I know there will be thousands of supporters excited to go back to New Zealand".

"Securing the Women's Rugby World Cup, against strong competition from Australia, shows the growing status and recognition of global women's sporting events", he said.