Wellington to host All Blacks vs Springboks pre-RWC clash

Tanya Simon
November 17, 2018

A last-ditch pitch by Rugby Australia's head of women's rugby Jilly Collins, CEO Raelene Castle and chairman Cameron Clyne to the 42-member Rugby World council in Dublin, proved to be in vain as New Zealand became the first southern hemisphere country to host the event.

The agreement is based on a New Zealand programme that ensures top players are managed and given time off during Super Rugby.

New Zealand won their fifth Women's Rugby World Cup in 2017 after they beat England 41-32 in a pulsating final at Kingspan Stadium, the home of Ulster Rugby, in Belfast.

It will be the first Women's Rugby World Cup to take place in the southern hemisphere.

The tournament follows the very special and record-breaking Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 in Ireland which had a hugely positive impact on Women's rugby.

"We always look forward to the women's Rugby World Cup and then we come home and say 'when are we going to have it back here?' This is something we've been wanting for a long time, and the timing is right".

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

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"We are looking forward to providing a world-class stage for our champion Black Ferns to defend the World Cup in front of their fans".

The Springboks will return to the city which hosted what was arguably their most remarkable victory in recent years - Westpac Stadium in Wellington - in their only clash against the All Blacks of the 2019 Rugby Championship.

It is believed that numerous nations competing in the tournament, including the four home nations of England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, backed Australia's bid but numerous nations without a qualified team including South Africa and Argentina voted for New Zealand. We had the Newcastle Hunter region incredibly excited, all the rugby clubs and volunteers in that part of the world that wanted to host a Rugby World Cup, women's Rugby World Cup, so we need to make sure we maximise those opportunities and the tidal wave is coming and is running for women's rugby.

"It nearly felt like the tournament was coming home in being awarded to New Zealand", Beaumont said.

"The Sydney Sevens has only been going for two years and we're still seeing huge growth in numbers in Australia".

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it was a proud moment for the country as her government seeks to promote women's sport.

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