New Zealand to host 2021 Women's World Cup

Andrew Fifita leads the Tongan Sipi Tau before their test with Australia in Auckland last month

Rugby Australia's annus horribilis has continued after New Zealand were awarded the 2021 Women's World Cup in Dublin.

WREDA's Events and Experiences General Manager Warrick Dent says he expects tickets to be in high demand.

The opening match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off on Friday, September 20 as nations from all across the globe compete for the William Webb Ellis Trophy in Japan.

At this year's fixture, staged on August 25, just 50,672 watched Catalans Dragons upset Warrington, the lowest attendance for the fixture at Wembley since 1937. "Next year's repeat match up promises plenty of excitement and, for All Blacks fans at least, a result reversal".

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.

"We know that All Blacks tests typically pump between $7-$9 million into the regional economy, providing a big boost during the traditionally slower tourism winter months to the accommodation, hospitality and retail sectors".

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The Black Ferns, five-time world champions, finally get the chance to play at home.

"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".

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.

The second pot will feature tier-two nations Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Fiji and Lebanon, who all qualified automatically after reaching the last eight of the 2017 World Cup.

We've had a team that has put together a really great bid.I just spoke from the heart, really. "You often don't get many votes in a presentation because people have got all the information in advance but you certainly can lose some but I don't think we lost any today", he said.

Holders Australia will be seeded B1 with New Zealand being in pot two.

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