World Rugby has confirmed that the Black Ferns
will play their opening match of Rugby World Cup 2021 at
Aucklandís Eden Park.
Eden Park, a venue steeped in Rugby World
Cup history having hosted the menís finals in 1987 and the opening
match and final in 2011, will break new ground as the host of the
womenís edition of a Rugby World Cup for the first time.
World Rugby Chairman, Sir Bill
Beaumont, said, ďThe countdown is on with just one year to go until
the womenís edition of the Rugby World Cup kicks off in the
southern hemisphere for the first time in its history. While
taking into account the unique and challenging circumstances
caused by the global COVID19 pandemic, planning is progressing
very well and hosts New Zealand are on course to supercharge the
womenís game, welcoming the worldís best teams to what we know
will be an exciting and exceptional tournament. 2021 is set to be
a special year for womenís rugby as it takes centre stage.Ē
Eden Park and Whangareiís Northland Events Centre,
will host a combined six matches across the opening match day on
Saturday, 18 September 2021. The remaining pool stage match days,
on 23 and 28 September, will be hosted at
Waitakere Stadium and Northland Events Centre.
ďDespite the challenges being faced by the global pandemic,
the organising team are focused, on track and determined to
deliver a once-in-a-lifetime Rugby World Cup. Rugby is at the
heart of New Zealand communities and the opportunity to
Ďsuperchargeí the womenís game will inspire a generation of young
people to strive to achieve their goal,Ē said Rugby World Cup 2021
Tournament Director, Michelle Hooper.
Rugby fans in New Zealand can now register their
interest in becoming official volunteers of Rugby World Cup 2021.
Volunteers will play a key role in delivering the tournament and
across a range of roles including hosting and way-finding,
accreditation and team liaison. Fans can register via the
World Cup 2021 website.
ďThe worldís best
high-performance rugby players want to play here, and New
Zealanders are ready to host them, and showcase our manaakitanga
on the world stage. As proud hosts we are encouraging everyone who
is keen to be part of the action to sign-up to express their
interest to become a volunteer. This is a once-in-a-generation
opportunity,Ē Hooper added.
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Pictures of the Asia Rugby Sevens Olympic Games Qualifier in Hong
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