Rugby Australia has announced today (Wednesday) that its 2021 Women’s World Cup would be staged in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley region should it be successful in its bid for the rugby union tournament.
Australia is facing competition from England, France, New Zealand, Portugal and Wales in its bid to land hosting rights to the national team tournament. The World Rugby Council will announce the winning bid at its interim meeting in the Irish capital of Dublin on November 14.
Rugby Australia stated that hosting the tournament would provide a boost of up to Aus$23m (€14.7m/$17m) to the New South Wales economy. Matches would be played at Maitland No.1 Sportsground and Newcastle Sportsground No.2, with the final to be staged at McDonald Jones Stadium.
An athletes’ village would be created in the heart of the Hunter Valley. Rugby Australia has also created an ‘Impact Beyond’ programme as part of its bid to ensure the World Cup leaves a lasting legacy for young people across Australia.
The New South Wales government has today pledged to provide financial and operational support to Rugby Australia for tournament delivery, should it be successful in its bid. The Australian government has already agreed to provide financial backing.
Rugby Australia has also launched a range of video content and a social media campaign to gather support for the bid, with fans encouraged to use the hashtags #READY, #BackTheBid and #Australia2021.
Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle said: “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.”
She added: “Our bid demonstrates that Australia has the ability to tap into a rich history of major event expertise, a strong women’s sports movement, corporate support, volunteers and engaged sports fans in Australia that will deliver a record breaking tournament.
“Australia is #READY to host the Women’s Rugby World Cup and the Newcastle and Hunter region is the perfect location to deliver a record-breaking tournament in a truly Australian style – fun, vibrant, exciting, inclusive and innovative.”