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The Australian Government have released their plan to bid for the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2021, with the proposal all matches would be played in the Hunter region on the New South Wales mid-north coast.
Under the plan, all matches would be played at either the Maitland number one Sportsground or the Newcastle Sportsground number two, with the final then to be shifted to the 33,000-capacity Newcastle International Sports Centre, also known as McDonald Jones Stadium.
With 12 countries set to compete, there is a projected boost of $23 million to the New South Wales economy and all athletes will be housed in Newcastle.
The tournament being held in Newcastle will lock it down in one area and cut back on travel expenses, with support coming from the Newcastle council.
Rugby Australia Chief Executive Raelene Castle said the tournament is the biggest in women’s rugby and would provide a large boost to the sport in the nation.
“The Women’s Rugby World Cup is the pinnacle event in Women’s XVs Rugby and we will show the world once again that Australia is unrivalled when it comes to delivering major sporting events,” said Castle.
“We have more women and girls playing Rugby than ever before and we continue to see double-digit growth in participation in both our Sevens and XVs formats of the game. Hosting the tournament would provide us with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to showcase the best of the women’s game to the Australian public.”
The announcement follows the New South Wales’ government’s announcement that they would attempt to bring ten World Cups to the state in the next decade. It included the men’s Rugby World Cup in 2027.
At the last World Cup in 2017, New Zealand beat England in the final with Australia losing the sixth-place play-off to Canada.