World Rugby has decided that its flagship 15s
and 7s Rugby World Cup properties will no longer include gender in
As such, the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 in New
Zealand will now be called Rugby World Cup 2021.
Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: "This announcement demonstrates
our ongoing and unwavering commitment to advancing women in rugby
both on and off the field in line with our ambitious strategic
plan. Unintentional gender bias in sport is an ongoing
issue. As a global sporting federation we need to be leading from
the front on the issue of equality. By adopting gender balance in
the naming of men’s and women’s Rugby World Cup competitions, we
are setting new standards in equality in rugby."
The expansion of women’s rugby continues to exceed
expectations worldwide, with the sport experiencing unprecedented
Participation levels are at an all-time high with
2.7 million players globally - making up more than a quarter of
the global playing population. This includes a 28 per cent rise in
registered players since 2017.
For the second year running, more
young girls have got into rugby globally than boys and more than
40 per cent of rugby’s 400m fanbase are female.
World Rugby Chief Marketing Officer, Marissa Pace,
said, "World Rugby is clearly committed to equality in our sport
and we decided that we no longer need to identify our marquee
events with a gender bias from a brand level. Our three World Cup
events are the pinnacle of international rugby and we wanted the
focus to be on the event and the athletes, not their gender. We’re
very proud to be leading the sport industry in this space."
Japan will host the men's Rugby World Cup from
20 September to 2 November 2019.
Pictures from 2019 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures from 2018 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2017 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2016 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
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.