Australia misses out on hosting rights for Women's Rugby World Cup

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt Source

Of the 1895 Cup, RFL chief executive Ralph Rimmer said: "It's a recognition the game has changed since the onset of full-time professionalism in the Super League era. 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.

The bid also featured a pledge to run a Pacific Nations tournament alongside the World Cup, with the aim of unleashing that region's untapped female talent.

World Rugby chair Bill Beaumont said the pitch from New Zealand rugby delegates was what convinced him. "This will just give us an opportunity to do that". "They had a very strong bid".

Castle, Rugby Australia chairman Cameron Clyne and head of women's rugby Jilly Collins presented Australia's bid to the World Rugby Council on Wednesday but they were unable to poll enough votes.

New Zealand has won the right to host the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup, bringing the tournament to the southern hemisphere for the first time. "If I was a Kiwi, I'd think it's sort of coming home now".

"I think it's also the overwhelming support we've had from the rugby community".

"We've got Super W that's hugely important, that now will go to another level next year, the growth in women's participation in Sevens and XVs is double, nearly close to triple digits in some parts of the country and also sometimes in non-traditional states", she said.

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 US all recording unprecedented viewing figures, and also the most socially engaged, generating 45 million views across official tournament platforms.

"When you go through this process you need to take stock and have a look and see", she said.

"I know there will be thousands of supporters excited to go back to New Zealand. It's on record that we are keen to bid for the men's world cup in 2027, so very quickly our focus turns to that".

"We've seen in football, with the EFL Trophy that was introduced for teams for the third and fourth tiers of their professional structure as the Associate Members' Cup in 1983, that the introduction of a realistic additional chance to reach Wembley can have a rejuvenating effect on clubs".

Tew said he wasn't sure what the outcome of the bid would be before the presentation.

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