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Stars like Jason Taumalolo opted to instead represent Tonga at the last World Cup

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew and board members Farah Palmer and Mark Robinson faced a World Rugby panel in Dublin to support the bid.

The Rugby League World Cup is the pinnacle event of rugby league, globally contested every four years.

"I would also like to thank Australia for its exceptional bid".

It will be the first time that the tournament will be held in New Zealand, and will follow on from the enormously successful 2017 edition.

"It made me feel like a had all of my whanau and my sisters with me while I was out there trying to do my best", she said.

"I've got a six-year-old daughter, I'm really looking forward to her seeing the best of these female rugby players on our home turf in Aotearoa and that's what drives me now".

The Wellington test match will effectively be a dress rehearsal of the All Blacks and South Africa's much-anticipated opening pool match of Rugby World Cup in Japan in September.

"We are honoured and excited to be awarded the WRWC2021 and look forward to delivering the first Women's Rugby World Cup tournament in the Southern Hemisphere".

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Following extensive hosting interest, the selection process saw world champions New Zealand and Australia submit strong and compelling bids.

It will be the first time the competition has been held in the Southern Hemisphere and just the second time outside Europe, with Canada having hosted the 2006 World Cup.

Auckland will host the Laurie O'Reilly Trophy and Bledisloe Cup in a return of the double header Test match rugby event at Eden Park on 17 August.

"Securing the Women's Rugby World Cup, against strong competition from Australia, shows the growing status and recognition of global women's sporting events", he says.

"More of those teams now want to be in the Women's world cup and expansion in the women's world cup will be a topic for discussion".

Kato Ottio of Papua New Guinea makes a run for the try line, during the Pool C, round 3 Rugby League World Cup match between Papua New Guinea and the United States of America at the Oil Research National Football stadium in Port Moresby Papua New Guinea.

"Women's rugby continues to grow with over 2.4 million women and girls playing rugby at all levels, accounting for more than a quarter of players globally", said World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont. That came out in the bid.

"We're obviously staying with a 12-team tournament in New Zealand but I think we'll see that expand, we'll see more of those countries involved".

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