World Rugby has awarded New Zealand with the hosting rights
of the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021.
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.
It will be the first Women’s Rugby World Cup
to take place in the southern hemisphere.
World Rugby Chairman, Bill Beaumont, said, "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. 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
On announcement of the successful
bid, New Zealand Rugby Board Member and former Black Fern Farah
Palmer said: "We are honoured and excited to be awarded the
WRWC2021 and look forward to delivering the first Women’s Rugby
World Cup tournament in the Southern Hemisphere. 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."
New Zealand won their fifth Women’s
Rugby World Cup in 2017 after they beat England 41 – 32 in a
pulsating final at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast, Ireland.
Pictures from 2018 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2017 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
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Pictures of Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015,
Pictures of the Asia Rugby Sevens Olympic Games Qualifier in Hong
Pictures of Singha Thailand Sevens 2015,
Pictures from the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour in Hong Kong,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2014,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2013,
of Chartis Cup 2012 and
Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2012.
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