The World Rugby Executive Council has awarded New Zealand the hosting rights for the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2021 (WRWC2021).
Auckland and Whangarei have been confirmed as the host cities, and this will be the first time that the WRWC has been played in the Southern Hemisphere.
Under the plan 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.
World Rugby Chair Bill Beaumont said:
Congratulations to New Zealand on being elected Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 host. They presented a very strong and compelling bid and we look forward to working with New Zealand Rugby to host a successful and inspiring tournament.
Women’s rugby continues to grow with more than 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-breaking trend.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it is a proud moment for Kiwis and rugby fans all around the world.
I’m hugely excited the event will be held here. New Zealand is the home of women’s rugby, the Black Ferns captured our imaginations again when they won their fifth World Cup title last year, and our entire country will get behind the tournament and all the teams participating in 2021.
This Government is committed to more women and girls getting involved in 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.
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.
We have the opportunity to showcase the best of women’s rugby in front of the world’s best supporters. I know New Zealand will get behind this because the momentum behind the Black Ferns and women’s rugby is just growing and growing. I speak for all the Black Ferns and future Black Ferns out there that we can’t wait to be part of this celebration of rugby. We are all so thrilled.
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