NZ to host 2021 eves' Rugby World Cup

Andrew Fifita leads the Tongan Sipi Tau before their test with Australia in Auckland last month

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has today announced Wellington's Westpac Stadium will host South Africa on 27 July 2019, in a condensed (due to Rugby World Cup) Investec Rugby Championship.

Australia's bid was supported by the Home Unions - England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales - but New Zealand won the support of most southern hemisphere nations. We've had a team that has put together a really great bid.I just spoke from the heart, really.

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

Next year also sees the introduction of the 1985 Cup - a second chance for Championship and League One clubs to reach Wembley in a further bid to add a spark to Cup Final day, which saw a disappointing 50,672 crowd watch Catalans Dragons beat Warrington last August.

It is, of course, the scene of one of South Africa's most famous rugby days following their heroic 36-34 win against New Zealand at the venue back in September.

"Congratulations to New Zealand on being elected women's Rugby World Cup 2021 host", World Rugby chair Bill Beaumont said in a statement.

In 2021, Australia, New Zealand, England and Tonga won't have to face each other until the quarterfinals as the four nations earned seedings, unlike previously where the Kangaroos were forced to play England and the Kiwis took on Tonga.

"I think people will want to test themselves against the best women's teams in the backdrop of extremely knowledgeable rugby people".

Dr Palmer, the legendary Black Ferns captain turned New Zealand Rugby board member, led the winning presentation at a World Rugby council meeting in Dublin alongside former All Blacks midfielder and fellow NZR director Mark Robinson.

Despite the blow, Castle insisted RA's commitment to women's rugby remains strong and attentions will now turn to securing the men's event in 2027. It gives us a great opportunity in our time zone.

He says World Rugby has extended it now so there are better gaps between games.

"The whole country will get behind the team and I'm excited to see what this can do to help grow the game over the next three years".

It is believed that numerous nations competing in the tournament, including the four home nations of England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, backed Australia's bid but numerous nations without a qualified team including South Africa and Argentina voted for New Zealand.

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