The urban communities of Auckland and Whangarei were chosen to have the six-week 2021 ladies’ Rugby World Cup.
Kelly Brazier (L) of New Zealand rushes to score a have a go at amid Women’s Gold Medal Match at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Robina Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia, April 15, 2018.
Kelly Brazier (L) of New Zealand races to score a have a go at amid Women’s Gold Medal Match at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Robina Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia, April 15, 2018. (Reuters Archive)
New Zealand have pipped Australia in the race to have the 2021 ladies’ Rugby World Cup, the game’s administering body declared on Wednesday.
The ninth version of the competition will be the first to be held in the southern side of the equator, with Auckland and Whangarei chose as urban areas to arrange the six-week occasion in July and August 2021.
Matches will be played at the 5,000-limit Waitakere Stadium in Auckland and the Northland Events Center in Whangarei, and additionally the 25,000 limit Albany Stadium and Eden Park, which facilitated the men’s Rugby World Cup 2011 last.
New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew and board individuals Farah Palmer and Mark Robinson confronted a World Rugby board in Dublin to help the offer. The board casted a ballot 25-17 in New Zealand’s support.
“Congrats to New Zealand on being chosen ladies’ Rugby World Cup 2021 host,” World Rugby seat Bill Beaumont said in an announcement.
“They exhibited an exceptionally solid and convincing offer and we anticipate working with New Zealand Rugby to have an effective and moving competition.
“I might likewise want to express gratitude toward Australia for their outstanding offer. We plan to welcome Australia back to offer again later on.”
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it was a glad minute for the nation as her administration tries to advance ladies’ game.
“I’m enormously energized the occasion will be held here,” she said.
“This administration is focused on more ladies and young ladies getting associated with game, so we are eager supporters of bringing this world class ladies’ competition to New Zealand and moving another age of ladies and young ladies to get engaged with rugby.”
New Zealand won a record fifth ladies’ Rugby World Cup title a year ago in Ireland, beating England 41-32 in the last