Women's Rugby World Cup hosting rights a win for the local game

The New Zealand squad celebrates winning the Rugby World Cup in 2015 but many familiar faces like Richie Mc Caw and Dan Carter are gone

"Congratulations to New Zealand on being elected Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 host", World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said.

Australia had planned on hosting the event in the Hunter region, with a final to be played at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle.

Rugby Australia were confident of securing the rights to become the first southern hemisphere nation to host the tournament after securing $10m in government funding - $7m more than what was promised to New Zealand.

It was the best attended Women's Rugby World Cup to date with a record total attendance of 45,412, the most viewed with Ireland, France, the United Kingdom and United States all recording unprecedented viewing figures, and also the most socially engaged, generating 45 million views across official tournament platforms.

RA launched a Super W competition and there were trans-Tasman women's Tests as curtain-raisers to the men's Bledisloe Cup clashes in Sydney and Auckland.

Five-time Women's Rugby World Cup veteran and Black Ferns captain Fiao'o Faamausili, speaking from Grenoble in France, said hosting a World Cup in New Zealand will be very special.

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With next year's Rugby Championship condensed due to the global tournament, it will be the only chance the two teams get to size each other up ahead of the World Cup.

"I'm hugely excited the event will be held here", New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, after the announcement.

There are also significant impacts through worldwide exposure and broadcast opportunities, including in some of Auckland's priority markets of Australia, United States, Japan and China. I speak for all the Black Ferns and future Black Ferns out there that we can't wait to be part of this celebration of rugby.

Seven of the eight Women's World Cup tournaments, which started in 1991, have been staged in Europe, with the 2006 event in Canada the only exception.

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said the double header was an ideal way to celebrate transtasman rugby, and to showcase both teams and the trophies for which they played.

"I would still like to see that it's something that World Rugby does and then ultimately if council choose the governance process we've got at the moment to go down a different path well that's council's right", she said.

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