Rugby: New Zealand bids to host 2021 Women's World Cup

A record six countries will bid for the rights to host the 2021 tournament.
A record six countries will bid for the rights to host the 2021 tournament. Photo credit: Getty Images

New Zealand is one of six countries that have bid for the rights to host the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup.

World Rugby confirmed on Wednesday that a record six unions have expressed interest in staging the tournament.

New Zealand, Australia, England, France, Portugal and Wales all confirmed their intention to tender having reviewed World Rugby's bid guide, issued last month.

In a statement, World Rugby said the record level of hosting interest "highlights the strength of the Women's Rugby World Cup brand after a very special and record-breaking Ireland 2017 tournament and excitement surrounding a new tournament format".

The 2017 tournament - which was won by the New Zealand Black Ferns - was the "best-attended, most-viewed and most socially engaged ever", according to NZ Rugby, "setting new standards for the tournament and extending the reach of the game around the world".

"We are delighted with the record level of Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 hosting interest from unions, which reflects the significant global excitement and momentum behind the women's game," said World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont.

"Ireland 2017 was a magnificent tournament by any Rugby World Cup standards, and I am sure that all six unions will be determined to raise the bar again as we look forward to a tournament that features a new format and is a proven sporting and social legacy driver."

The six unions are being issued with the bid documents and now have until August 10 to submit their bid responses, with a final decision to be made by the end of the year.