New Zealand has been awarded the right to host the ninth edition of the Women’s Rugby World Cup. They won a two-way competition with Australia and this will be the first time that the tournament has been held in the southern hemisphere.
Matches will be played at the 5,000 capacity Waitakere Stadium in Auckland and the Northland Events Centre in Whangarei, with a capacity of up to 20,000, as well as the 25,000 capacity Albany Stadium and Eden Park, which hosted the Rugby World Cup 2011 final.
The tournament follows the record-breaking Women’s Rugby World Cup held last year in Ireland.
It was the best attended Women’s Rugby World Cup to date with a record total attendance of 45,412, the most viewed with Ireland, France, the UK and USA all recording unprecedented viewing figures, and also the most socially engaged, generating 45 million views across official tournament platforms.
The decision to award 2021 to New Zealand was made after a World Rugby Council vote in Dublin which itself was informed by a comprehensive evaluation report based on agreed hosting criteria.
“Women’s rugby continues to grow with more than 2.4 million women and girls playing rugby at all levels, accounting for more than a quarter of players globally,” said World Rugby Chair Bill Beaumont.
“With Women’s Rugby World Cup attracting record crowds and broadcast audiences in each of the last three tournaments – Ireland 2017, France 2014 and England 2010 – I am in no doubt that the 2021 tournament, the first to be held in the southern hemisphere, will continue this record-breaking trend.”
“We are honoured and excited to be awarded WRWC 2021 and look forward to delivering the first Women’s Rugby World Cup tournament in the southern hemisphere,” added New Zealand Rugby Board Member and former Black Ferns Captain Farah Palmer
“The New Zealand Government strongly supported the bid, with backing from MBIE, Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED) and Whangarei District Council. 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.”
The Ireland Women’s team take on the USA at Energia Park this Sunday, November 18th.