New Zealand to host 2021 women’s Rugby World Cup

Australia celebrate winning the World Cup

England and Wales had both expressed interest in hosting the tournament but dropped out, as did a joint French and Portuguese bid, leaving only Australia and New Zealand in the final stage of bidding.

"We had a personal message from the prime minister who would have actually liked to have been here".

Castle, who was on the team of three that made a final presentation to the World Rugby Council, was disappointed but bullish after the result came through.

In 2018, Rugby Australia launched Super W - the first ever national competition for women's XVs and the national team, the Buildcorp Wallaroos shared the biggest stage with their male counterparts after playing in a historic double-header with the Qantas Wallabies at ANZ Stadium in August.

Mr Dent says Wellington being named as host for one of only two All Blacks tests in New Zealand for 2019 is significant.

The Wellington test match will effectively be a dress rehearsal of the All Blacks and South Africa's much-anticipated opening pool match of Rugby World Cup in Japan in September.

Wellington Rugby acting CEO Matt Evans said he was excited to be welcoming South Africa back to the city in what is an important year.

It will be the first time 16 teams compete at the tournament since 2000. The latter said she was uncertain what the outcome would be.

Five-time Women's Rugby World Cup veteran and Black Ferns captain Fiao'o Faamausili, speaking from Grenoble in France, said hosting a World Cup in New Zealand will be very special.

"No better place to play." he said.

"You listen to the presentation and the passion. you know it's the passion for the sport and everybody knows what rugby means to Kiwis, it's their DNA isn't it". 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.

Asked about a hypothetical final between the Black Ferns and England at a sold-out Eden Park, Dr Palmer said she would probably laugh and cry her way through it as she had done for the 2011 Rugby World Cup final.

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 a year ago which was deemed too physically demanding.

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