New Zealand To Host First Women's Rugby World Cup In Southern Hemisphere

New Zealand To Host First Women's Rugby World Cup In Southern Hemisphere”

Farah Palmer struggled to contain emotions after her passionate presentation helped secure New Zealand the right to host the 2021 women's Rugby World Cup, the first to be staged in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Kiwis won the bid with 25 votes to Australia's 17 following a World Rugby Council meeting in Dublin.

While Australia had no qualms with the fairness of the overall process, Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle said she would be open to the addition a pre-vote recommendation, something that was panned in the men's process previous year.

"Congratulations to New Zealand on being elected women's Rugby World Cup 2021 host", World Rugby chair Bill Beaumont said in a statement.

"That's certainly something we'll be talking to World Rugby about".

"Although we are very passionate about women's rugby very few of our fans have seen the Black Ferns play at home against the best in the world".

"We have the opportunity to showcase the best of women's rugby in front of the world's best supporters".

"I would also like to thank Australia for their exceptional bid".

New Zealand powerbrokers have been promised $10million in central government support for the tournament which will be based in Auckland and Northland and this appears to be what got their bid over the line. The tournament is organised by World Rugby and is held every four years to avoid conflict with the Olympics and the Women's World Cup Sevens.

The event comes between other big events including the sailing of the America's Cup early in the year, the World Softball Championships and Apec leaders' week in November.

The women's tournament in 2021 will be the first held in the southern hemisphere after being held in Wales (1991), Scotland (1994), the Netherlands (1998), Spain (2002), Canada (2006), England (2010), France (2014) and Ireland (2017). So we had a very strong bid.

"Securing the Women's Rugby World Cup, against strong competition from Australia, shows the growing status and recognition of worldwide women's sporting events", he said.

"We had the Newcastle Hunter Region incredibly excited, all the rugby clubs and volunteers in that part of the world that wanted to host a Rugby World Cup, women's Rugby World Cup, so we need to make sure we maximise those opportunities and the tidal wave is coming and is running for women's rugby".

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