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Today, there is great joy in New Zealand after World Rugby awarded the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup to that nation. The voting panel chose the Kiwis over Australia (the only other bidding country) 25-17. Now, the Black Ferns will play in front of a home crowd as they seek their sixth WRWC title.
The matches will be played on the North Island in Auckland and Whangarei. Venues start as low as 5,000 capacity with the possibility of the final being contested in Eden Park, historically, the stadium for the All Blacks that accommodates 50,000 spectators.
The 2021 WRWC will continue over six-weeks with twelve teams invited. In addition, a simultaneous Pacific Island event will bring in teams from Oceania for a separate tournament.
The last Cup was held in Ireland in 2017, which generated the largest cumulative attendance at 45,000. The total came from small venues of 2,000 in Dublin, ending with an 18,000 semi-final round and final in Ulster, Northern Ireland, in an 18,000-seat stadium. New Zealand won in 2017, defeating 2014 champion England 41-32.
The Black Ferns have dominated women's rugby since their disappointing fifth place finish in the 2014 WRWC in France. The team enjoys an 88% Test match winning record. Since debuting in 1991, they have lost to only three nations (England, Ireland and the USA), and only England have recorded more than one victory (NZ 17 wins - Red Roses 8 wins).
Of note, the awarding decision went smoothly in contrast to the Men's 2023 RWC vote that generated wide spread derision when South Africa was voted host before a second tally gave it to France.
Finally, New Zealand ran two successful and popular past RWCs and will stage a Women's World Cup of equal excellence.