Rugby Australia today announced Newcastle and the Hunter Valley as the tournament location for its 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup bid.
Under the plan, the Newcastle and Hunter region will host the world’s showpiece event in Women’s Rugby, with the region’s world class sporting facilities and hotels, combined with its offering as one of Australia’s most popular tourism hubs.
11 countries from around the world will join the Buildcorp Wallaroos for the tournament which will provide up to a $23 million boost to the NSW economy.
The tournament location will offer competing teams and their fans with the best of Australia; a lively cosmopolitan major events city, paired with one of Australia’s premier food and wine locations.
Matches will be played at Maitland #1 Sportsground and Newcastle Sportsground No 2 with the Final to be held at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Teams, officials and tournament staff will be accommodated in true “Athletes Village” style in the heart of the Hunter as the best Rugby players battle it out to become World Champions.
Rugby Australia has also created an Impact Beyond program, as part of its bid to ensure a lasting legacy for the WRWC on young girls and boys across Australia. Further details about the program will be released in the coming weeks.
Following the announcement of its 10 world cups in 10 years strategy, the NSW Government today confirmed it would provide financial and operational support to Rugby Australia for tournament delivery, should the bid be successful. This announcement follows confirmation of the Australian Government’s financial support for development of the bid.
Rugby Australia Chief Executive, Raelene Castle said: “The Women’s Rugby World Cup is the pinnacle event in Women’s XVs Rugby and we will show the world once again that Australia is unrivalled when it comes to delivering major sporting events.
“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.
“I’d like to acknowledge and thank the NSW Government for their unwavering support of the bid and in backing our quest to bring the World Cup to Australian shores for the first time.
"I would also like to thank the Newcastle and Maitland Councils, along with the local community, for their enthusiastic support and contribution to our bid.
“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.”