New Zealand confirm interest in hosting Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021

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NZR Chief Rugby Officer Nigel Cass said: “Women’s rugby is enjoying an amazing period of growth and strength both in New Zealand and internationally – and it made sense to express an interest in hosting this tournament. There is a lot more work to be done as we work through this process over the next couple of months.”


The Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 has attracted a record level of hosting interest after six unions formally confirmed an expression of interest to World Rugby by the 31 May deadline.

Australia, England, France, New Zealand, Portugal and Wales all confirmed their intention to tender having reviewed World Rugby’s bid guide issued last month.

The record level of hosting interest highlights the strength of the Women’s Rugby World Cup brand after a very special and record-breaking Ireland 2017 tournament and excitement surrounding a new tournament format.

Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 was the best-attended, most-viewed and most socially-engaged ever, setting new standards for the tournament and extending the reach of the game around the world.

The six unions have been issued with the bid documents and now have until 10 August 2018 to submit their bid responses.

The World Rugby Council will select the Rugby World Cup 2021 host at its interim meeting in Dublin on 14 November 2018.