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Black Fern excited for Women's Rugby World Cup in NZ

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Thursday, 15 November 2018, 11:26AM
Black ferns players Kendra Cocksedge, (left), is excited to see the Women's Rugby World Cup will be contested in New Zealand. (Photo / NZ Herald)

Black Fern Kendra Cockesdge is thrilled that New Zealand will be hosting the 2021 Women's Rugby Cup.

The halfback told Radio Sport Breakfast that there was a lot of screaming and yelling from the team when they heard the news.

"The girls are really excited about having a World Cup at home turf." 

Cockesdge she is excited to see how the game is growing in prominence throughout the country. 

New Zealand's pitch to host the six-week tournament received strong Government support from sports minister Grant Robertson, and a personalised video message from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who expressed her delight at the outcome.

"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," Ardern said in a statement from the South East Asia Economic Forum.

"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."

The bid also featured a pledge to run a Pacific Nations tournament alongside the World Cup, with the aim of unleashing that region's untapped female talent.



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