Womens RWC 2021 -NZ to host



  • THE REIGNING CHAMPIONS New Zealand have won the bid to host the next World Cup in 2021, World Rugby has announced.
    This will be the first time the tournament will be held in the southern hemisphere, and follows on from a record-breaking World Cup which took place in Ireland last year.
    It was the best attended Women’s Rugby World Cup to date with a record total attendance of 45,412.
    There were strong broadcast figures in Ireland and the USA, while the tournament set new records in France and the UK.
    It was a disappointing campaign for the host nation as the Black Ferns came out top, defeating the then-reigning World Cup champions England in the final to win the title for the fifth time.
    New Zealand edged out Australia to win the hosting rights for the ninth edition of the tournament, and the games will be held across Auckland and Whangarei in July and August of 2021.

    World Rugby Chair Bill Beaumont said:
    “Congratulations to New Zealand on being elected Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 host. They presented a very strong and compelling bid and we look forward to working with New Zealand Rugby to host a successful and inspiring tournament.
    “Women’s rugby continues to grow with more than 2.4 million women and girls playing rugby at all levels, accounting for more than a quarter of players globally.
    “With Women’s Rugby World Cup attracting record crowds and broadcast audiences in each of the last three tournaments – Ireland 2017, France 2014 and England 2010 – I am in no doubt that the 2021 tournament, the first to be held in the southern hemisphere, will continue this record-breaking trend.
    “I would also like to thank Australia for their exceptional bid. We hope to welcome Australia back to bid again in the future.”

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  • Although I don't agree with the chosen locations, this is great news! New Zealand has contributed way more to the growth of women's rugby than Australia, if only due to the performance of the Black Ferns, with their 5 World Cup victories. It will be awesome for the Ferns to be able to play a World Cup at home. I only doubt/wonder whether we can match the viewing and crowd numbers from last year's WRWC, due to the time difference with the largest viewing audience (which is in Europe) and - generally and in women's rugby - smaller crowd attendance here in NZ. But that wouldn't have been any different/better if they had picked Australia for the next WRWC.

    Definitely going to try getting tickets for the final and semi-finals!



  • Awesome that they're also working on organising a women's Pacific Nations Cup! It will be difficult to match the quality of the Women's Six Nations, due to the fact that currently only 4 of the Pacific Nations (NZ, Canada, USA and Australia) are in the top (6) of the women's world rankings and there's quite a drop in strenght of teams, but it will be great to have more test matches in our region.



  • @stargazer what’s wrong with the chosen locations?

    Not Napier?



  • @gunner I'm not going to repeat what I said when the bids were announced, but in short, I find it too much concentrated in the North. I'd have preferred South of Auckland, for example, Hamilton and Rotorua. I know Rotorua made a bid (IIRC Tauranga, too). But yeah, Napier would have been great 😀



  • Do we need a separate thread for photos of hot female rugby players or is this one all good?



  • @jegga said in Womens RWC 2021 -NZ to host:

    Do we need a separate thread for photos of hot female rugby players or is this one all good?

    It would be a short thread on its own.



  • @stargazer said in Womens RWC 2021 -NZ to host:

    @gunner I'm not going to repeat what I said when the bids were announced, but in short, I find it too much concentrated in the North. I'd have preferred South of Auckland, for example, Hamilton and Rotorua. I know Rotorua made a bid (IIRC Tauranga, too). But yeah, Napier would have been great 😀

    Fair enough, but then I’d have to complain that it was too concentrated in the upper central North Island 😉



  • @stargazer said in Womens RWC 2021 -NZ to host:

    @gunner I'm not going to repeat what I said when the bids were announced, but in short, I find it too much concentrated in the North. I'd have preferred South of Auckland, for example, Hamilton and Rotorua. I know Rotorua made a bid (IIRC Tauranga, too). But yeah, Napier would have been great 😀

    Similar venues to when we hosted the IRB U20 world cup. Which were Eden Park, Albany and Pukekohe. The crowds were absolutely atrocious.

    Only difference here is the addition of Whangarei.

    How is it funded? Personally hoping NZRU don't get taken to the cleaners hosting this, because ticket sales won't cover much.



  • @rapido said in Womens RWC 2021 -NZ to host:

    @stargazer said in Womens RWC 2021 -NZ to host:

    @gunner I'm not going to repeat what I said when the bids were announced, but in short, I find it too much concentrated in the North. I'd have preferred South of Auckland, for example, Hamilton and Rotorua. I know Rotorua made a bid (IIRC Tauranga, too). But yeah, Napier would have been great 😀

    Similar venues to when we hosted the IRB U20 world cup. Which were Eden Park, Albany and Pukekohe. The crowds were absolutely atrocious.

    Only difference here is the addition of Whangarei.

    How is it funded? Personally hoping NZRU don't get taken to the cleaners hosting this, because ticket sales won't cover much.

    I don't see this being any different. I'm all for equity and opportunity, but who seriously wants to watch a WRWC? It's bad enough Namibia etc. are in the RWC...



  • Govt on board with funding, which is fair enough.

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/sport/360548/government-commits-to-help-finance-women-s-rugby-world-cup

    Note: For 2011 RWC govt agreed to cover 2/3rd of any shortfall (covered $20m of the $30m shortfall with NZRU covering $10m).



  • @antipodean we had reasonable crowds up here for the U20 Soccer WC with Myanmar here twice.

    I assume we wont get a Black Ferns game here, but hopefully we will get Samoa or Tonga which will see big crowds travel like they did in the RWC for Tonga.



  • The Guardian are saying Oz guaranteed 10 mill, NZ only 3!



  • Looking at the NZRU 2015 annual report, which covers the 2014 year when we hosted the 2014 JWC.

    Junior World Championship hosting:

    • income: $96,000
    • expenditure: $4,225,000
    • loss: $4,427,000

    Auckland just won't watch this stuff.

    Not sure how much more expensive the hosting would be if it was Dunedin based or Christchuch based. Or if a Dunedin based tournament would have the hotelier capacity

    But if it was:

    • Christchurch
    • Timaru
    • Blenheim
    • Nelson

    or

    • Dunedin
    • Invercargill
    • Queenstown
    • Oamaru

    I'd back them to sell more than $96k of tickets.

    Assume someone has run the numbers and investigated the infrastructure capacities though.



  • Other thing to bear in mind, from a big picture perspective, that hosting IRB tournaments , (JWCs, 7s world series, women's world cups, 7s world cups), is a pre-requisite to bidding for the big one.



  • @rapido said in Womens RWC 2021 -NZ to host:

    Other thing to bear in mind, from a big picture perspective, that hosting IRB tournaments , (JWCs, 7s world series, women's world cups, 7s world cups), is a pre-requisite to bidding for the big one.

    And being a Tier One Rugby Nation, which Australia isn't.



  • @nta said in Womens RWC 2021 -NZ to host:

    @rapido said in Womens RWC 2021 -NZ to host:

    Other thing to bear in mind, from a big picture perspective, that hosting IRB tournaments , (JWCs, 7s world series, women's world cups, 7s world cups), is a pre-requisite to bidding for the big one.

    And being a Tier One Rugby Nation, which Australia isn't.

    I almost miss the days when you guys had a bit of backbone.

    Agent Robbie is probably the greatest saboteur the world has ever known.



  • @rapido said in Womens RWC 2021 -NZ to host:

    Assume someone has run the numbers and investigated the infrastructure capacities though.

    Playing the majority of the games in Auckland will reduce costs for domestic travel and accommodation won't be a problem. The WR suits will prefer staying in 5-star Auckland hotels too.

    I would also assume there will be a lot of double-headers or triple-headers as Eden Park isn't cheap to use (refer to test cricket for an example).

    They need to make the ticket prices really cheap to get punters through the gates. An empty Eden Park won't be a good look on TV.



  • @bovidae said in Womens RWC 2021 -NZ to host:

    @rapido said in Womens RWC 2021 -NZ to host:

    Assume someone has run the numbers and investigated the infrastructure capacities though.

    Playing the majority of the games in Auckland will reduce costs for domestic travel and accommodation won't be a problem. The WR suits will prefer staying in 5-star Auckland hotels too.

    I would also assume there will be a lot of double-headers or triple-headers as Eden Park isn't cheap to use (refer to test cricket for an example).

    They need to make the ticket prices really cheap to get punters through the gates. An empty Eden Park won't be a good look on TV.

    None of that stopped the 2014 U20 world cup being a $4m sink hole.

    I assume govt is picking up the cost this time though.

    It's probably a moot point until Chch has a stadium. But next time they host this or the U20 JWC I'd like them to investigate Chch as the hub combined with small regional grounds within a a few hours drive.

    Aucklanders can't even get home for dinner on time on a Wednesday night, let alone go across town to watch a rugby game. It's the worst choice as a hub.

    The JWC in 2014 had 24 games and they sold $96k worth of tickets.



  • @rapido said in Womens RWC 2021 -NZ to host:

    The JWC in 2014 had 24 games and they sold $96k worth of tickets.

    Where were the games played? I honestly don't even remember the tournament.


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