Rugby World Cup: More than 30,000 tickets sold for Black Ferns' opening game against Australia at Eden Park

The Black Ferns will play in front of more than 30,000 fans in their Rugby World Cup opener against Australia at Eden Park on October 8.

Opening day will become the most attended women's Rugby World Cup matchday ever - 10,000 more than the finals day of the 2014 tournament.

With just a week to go before the World Cup kicks off in Auckland, organisers are determined to fill out Eden Park for the first time in the history of women's sport in New Zealand.

Rugby World Cup 2021 tournament director Michelle Hooper is delighted by the sales and is grateful for all the support.

"We came out just over a year ago with a bold ambition to set a new world record for attendance at a women's Rugby World Cup match on opening matchday at Eden Park," she said.

"We put our faith in Kiwis to get behind this kaupapa and show up for the stars of the women's game, competing here on the world stage.

"To have already surpassed that record with one week still to go is an incredible testament to our people and their support for this vision, and also the very special manaakitanga within our sporting community here in Aotearoa. 

"We're breaking new ground with this tournament, and now want to see if we can secure another record first for New Zealand and for women's rugby by filling Eden Park. 

"We believe it is possible and are overturning every rock in the process to bring this vision to life. A moment all New Zealanders can be proud of."

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