The Australian Government has thrown its support behind Rugby Australia’s bid for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup, it was announced in Sydney today.
Senator the Honourable Bridget McKenzie, Minister for Sport, was on hand to support Rugby Australia as the final pieces of its bid documentation are finalised before being submitted to World Rugby on August 10.
If successful, the bid would pave the way for Australia to host the first Women’s Rugby World Cup ever played in the southern hemisphere.
The Australian Women’s XVs Rugby team, the Buildcorp Wallaroos would take on the world’s best teams including heavyweights New Zealand, England and France in the six-week tournament to be played in July and August of 2021.
Rugby Australia Chief Executive Raelene Castle said: “The support of the Australian Government for our Women’s Rugby World Cup Bid is a fantastic endorsement of Rugby Australia’s plans to bring the World Cup to our shores.
“It has enabled us to develop a really strong bid which we are extremely proud of.”
“Australians know how to deliver world class sporting events and I know, if successful, we will deliver a tournament like no other.
Senator Bridget McKenzie said: “If this bid is successful, it will be the first time the Women’s Rugby World Cup is held in the southern hemisphere, and the first time we can cheer on the home team – the Wallaroos,” Minister McKenzie said.
“The Wallaroos are inspiring a whole new generation of girls to get involved in rugby and events such as the World Cup provide an opportunity to showcase our great nation and provides flow on benefits to the whole community.
The Australian Government is providing $300,000 to support Rugby Australia’s bid which, if successful, will bring economic, cultural, diplomatic and community opportunities to our shores.
Details of Australia’s bid will be made public today at an announcement in Sydney.
The Buildcorp Wallaroos are continuing their preparation for the 2018 Trans-Tasman double-header at ANZ Stadium on Saturday August 18. It will be the first time the national women’s team has shared the Bledisloe Cup stage with their male counterparts in Australia.
The Buildcorp Wallaroos will take on New Zealand’s Black Ferns followed by the Qantas Wallabies and All Blacks in the opening round of the Mitsubishi Estate Rugby Championship. Tickets to the historic double-header are available through Ticketek.