New Zealand to host Women's Rugby World Cup 2021

Australia celebrate winning the World Cup

Australia won their 11th World Cup in 2017 defeating England 6-0 in the final

Four other countries bidding for the event, fell by the wayside earlier in the year.

The All Blacks will play Australia and Argentina away, which is somewhat puzzling due to the fact they also faced a "2-away, 1-home" scenario back in 2015 when the tournament was last a truncated one.

New Zealand will be the first nation in the southern hemisphere to host the women's tournament, which was last staged in Dublin and Belfast in 2017.

"I'm hugely excited the event will be held here".

He said: "This is a significant and exciting day for the Challenge Cup, and the game's relationship with Wembley Stadium".

"I don't think so", he said.

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"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".

The panel voted 25-17 in New Zealand's favour.

It will be the first Women's Rugby World Cup in the Southern Hemisphere.

"Securing the Women's Rugby World Cup, against strong competition from Australia, shows the growing status and recognition of global women's sporting events", he said. The final will be played at Auckland's Eden Park, which hosted the men's World Cup finals in 1987 and 2011.

While Australia had no qualms with the fairness of the overall process, Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle said she would be open to the addition a pre-vote recommendation, something that was panned in the men's process previous year.

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"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 RFL has looked to breathe new life into the Challenge Cup final date by adding the 1895 Cup to give a bumper new-look programme of three matches.

"This is why I think the timing is right".

"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".

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.

"You listen to the presentation and the passion. you know it's the passion for the sport and everybody knows what rugby means to Kiwis, it's their DNA isn't it". That certainly came out in the bid.

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