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Representatives from Australia and New Zealand will deliver a short pitch to round off their bids, having both spent time behind the scenes this week wooing votes from council members ahead what is expected to be a tight outcome. Rugby League is proud of the length and strength of that association - Wembley Stadium has been the setting for so numerous greatest matches and memories in the game's history, with Catalans Dragons writing another chapter when they became the first overseas club to win the Cup earlier this year.

There are also significant impacts through worldwide exposure and broadcast opportunities, including in some of Auckland's priority markets of Australia, United States, Japan and China.

Rugby Australia were confident of securing the rights to become the first southern hemisphere nation to host the tournament after securing $10m in government funding - $7m more than what was promised to New Zealand.

Wellington Rugby acting Chief Executive Matt Evans said the union was excited to host such an important Test match in such an important year. I definitely don't think [the women's XVs World Cup] is the be-all and end-all.

"We have the opportunity to showcase the best of women's rugby in front of the world's best supporters. We have already said we're keen to host the men's World Cup in 2027 so all of our focus moves to that now".

It will be the first Women's Rugby World Cup in the Southern Hemisphere.

New Zealand won a record fifth women's Rugby World Cup title a year ago in Ireland, beating England 41-32 in the final.

Tew says games will be held in Whangarei at the Northland Events Centre, as well as in Waitakere and Albany with the final will be at Eden Park.

The country was up against Australia in a vote conducted by the World Rugby Council in Dublin on Wednesday.

For a format once feared endangered by the rise of sevens, the figures are hugely encouraging, not least because Super W is gearing up for its second season and Wallaroos coach Dwayne Nestor will be looking for the next generation to take to Auckland in 2021.

"No better place to play." he said.

World Rugby Chairman, Bill Beaumont, said, "Women's rugby continues to grow with over 2.4 million women and girls playing rugby at all levels, accounting for more than a quarter of players globally". That certainly came out in the bid.

"We're obviously staying with a 12-team tournament in New Zealand but I think we'll see that expand, we'll see more of those countries involved".


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