Rugby Australia has hit back after they came under fire for not allowing the Wallaroos and Black Ferns to warm up on the field at ANZ Stadium ahead of the last Saturday's match.
Whitaker rejected claims that Australia is not fit to host a Women’s Rugby World Cup because the teams warmed up outside ANZ.
Both Australia and New Zealand are going head to head for the rights to host the event but Australia's bid came under attack when high-profile Kiwi rugby writer Gregor Paul alleged the teams were made to warm up on a "netball court".
“It will be hard, nearly impossible now, for RA to convince anyone that they have the best interests of the women's game at heart,” Paul wrote.
“How can they be trusted to host a World Cup when they couldn't appropriately host a single Test match?”
However, Stadium policy prevents any teams playing in the first match of a double header to warm up on the main field. This included the NSWRL Intrust Super Premiership teams the following day, where they use the $2 million outdoor training facility to warm up.
The facility, which launched in 2013, is reported to be the site where both teams warmed up and are regularly used by NRL and cricket teams.
Both sides were made aware in advance of this policy and were given two options for their warm-up spot.
Rugby AU high performance general manager Whitaker slapped down that notion on Wednesday.
“I think if anyone was out there watching that game and saw how it was presented and saw the performances from both teams if anyone's suggesting we're not serious about a) playing XV-a-side rugby for women or hosting a World Cup well they’re probably seeing something that we're not,” he told Rugby.com.au.
However, while admitted Whitaker there were compromises required when it came to hosting a double header, none of those affected the teams on the night.
“To run a game at an 80,000 seat stadium at ANZ it's an amazing thrill, it's what we should do for our women, we did it and there are compromises we had to make and I don't think they had any impact really on performance,” he said.