Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

NZ wins bid to host women's Rugby World Cup

NZ wins bid to host women's Rugby World Cup

New Zealand has won the World Cup five times, but has never hosted the tournament which in its eight tournament history has only ever been held in the northern hemisphere.

The match is one of only two All Blacks rugby tests to be played in New Zealand in 2019 as the world champions prepare to defend their title at the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

New Zealand edged out Australia 25-17 despite a late pitch from head of women's rugby Jilly Collins, CEO Raelene Castle and chairman Cameron Clyne to the 42-member Rugby World council.

"This government is committed to more women and girls getting involved in the 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".

Kato Ottio of Papua New Guinea makes a run for the try line, during the Pool C, round 3 Rugby League World Cup match between Papua New Guinea and the US at the Oil Research National Football stadium in Port Moresby Papua New Guinea.

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

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"Everyone knows what rugby means to Kiwis - it's in their DNA - and that came out in the bid".

"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".

Australia have plans to rest key Wallabies during next year's Super Rugby competition to ensure they are fresh and injury-free ahead of the 2019 World Cup.

"They both spoke very genuinely and directly to the councillors about the meaning of rugby in our country, the growth of the women's game and what it means to New Zealand to host these big events". "We put a compelling case together and the presentation went well but unfortunately we didn't get the votes on the day".

Wellington Rugby acting Chief Executive Matt Evans said the union was excited to host such an important Test match in such an important year. "You often don't get many votes in a presentation because people have got all the information in advance but you certainly can lose some but I don't think we lost any today", he said.

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