Published: Fri, November 16, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

More countries to play in 2021 Rugby League World Cup

More countries to play in 2021 Rugby League World Cup

"Auckland is well experienced at organising these events with the Rugby World Cup in 2011 and the World Masters Games previous year, and we'll be excellent hosts".

NZR chief executive Steve Tew and former All Blacks doctor Deb Robinson also attended after a combined group worked behind the scenes on bid for the best part of 12 months.

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.

She was also rapt for those in New Zealand who had worked on the bid: "I was kind of dreading coming back home and facing all those of people and what they were going to say".

"This is about the momentum that we have got for women's rugby".

"They both spoke very genuinely and directly to the councillors about the meaning of rugby in our country, the growth of the women's game and what it means to New Zealand to host these big events".

New Zealand polled 25 votes while Australia managed 17.

The ninth edition of the tournament will be the first to be held in the southern hemisphere, with Auckland and Whangarei selected as cities to stage the six-week event in July and August 2021.

The country was up against Australia in a vote conducted by the World Rugby Council in Dublin on Wednesday.

The Aon Uni 7s competition has also been a success, with Australian women's coach John Manenti recruiting a number of players from that competition to play in last week's Oceania 7s, where an Australian development side beat New Zealand.

"More of those teams now want to be in the Women's world cup and expansion in the women's world cup will be a topic for discussion".

The second pot will feature Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Fiji and Lebanon with the final two pots for the draw made up of the remaining qualifying teams, based on their world ranking, including the two most recently qualified sides, France and Wales.

"I don't think that was an issue in the process".

"I'm really looking forward to her seeing the best of these female rugby players on our home turf that's why drives me now".

"I can't think of a more exciting place to head for the 2021 women's rugby World Cup than New Zealand", said England Women's head coach Simon Middleton.

"There's lot's going on in New Zealand, there's the global women's group on women in sport, there's the Government that's just released its strategy on women and girls in sport", Dr Palmer said.

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