New Zealand to host 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup

Radio Sport Staff,
Publish Date
Thursday, 15 November 2018, 11:07AM
It is the first time the tournament will be hosted in the Southern Hemisphere. (Photo / Photosport)

New Zealand will host the 2021 women's Rugby World Cup, or to be more accurate Auckland and Whangarei.

New Zealand was overnight awarded the hosting rights to the tournament, the first to be staged in the Southern Hemisphere.

Matches will be staged in Auckland and Whangarei - Waitakere Stadium, the Northland Events Centre and Albany - from July to August, with the final and, possibly, semifinals to be played at Eden Park.

All 12 teams will experience the same training facilities and hotels used to host the 2011 World Cup and last year's British and Irish Lions tour.

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew told the Radio Sport Breakfast they looked at the option of holding games throughout the country but it proved unfeasible.

"We made an early decision that the bid would not be successful if we tried to play it across the country.

"It would have been logistically difficult for the players and also very expensive to run so therefore much more difficult to balance," Tew said.

"So we went out effectively to the market and got a lot of interest which we're grateful for but chose to base the tournament in Auckland and in Whangarei, which have proven track records around these events."

Tew said it was 'the passion and Kiwi approach' that seemed to win the bid for New Zealand.

"In the end I think World Rugby was spoilt for choice with two very compelling bids. Both very capable of delivering outstanding tournaments. At the end I think the councillors probably connected a little better with passion and the Kiwi approach we put in front of them. But who knows?"

"You can't turn up to these things and pretend you have a good bid if you haven't. No amount of show ponying will fix a weak bid. So we had a very strong bid. A country that has a proven track record now of hosting these big international events. People enjoy coming to New Zealand and one thing we pushed very hard was if you want to be the best in any particular sport you go where the game is strongest.