The pinnacle event for Women’s International rugby will be played in New Zealand. And with the 2021 Rugby World Cup schedule confirmed, the nation can plan to host another Cup tournament.
In 2011, many believed that New Zealand Rugby operated one of the most fan-friendly Rugby World Cups. Japan can proudly say they too have done so, and with the 2021 Rugby World Cup for women’s rugby fixture dates set in stone, the organizers can set to coordinating another event that engages with fans around the World.
New Zealand Rugby (NZR) hosted World Rugby chairman, Bill Beaumont in Auckland, to launch the tournament logo and the schedule for competition. From here on, planning by the union and by the teams who qualify, to travel to Auckland and look to face the current holders, the Black Ferns.
The launch of Rugby World Cup 2021 attracted the great and the good from New Zealand.
— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) February 4, 2020
The Rugby World Cup for women, historically known as the Women’s Rugby World Cup, is the premier international competition in rugby union for women.
2021 Rugby World Cup schedule confirmed
In an exciting milestone on the road to Rugby World Cup 2021 (RWC 2021) the announcement of the tournament dates and the unveiling of the tournament brand in front of a special gathering at the venue for the Final, Auckland’s Eden Park.
With the draw still to be undertaken later this year, RWC 2021 matches will be played across three world-class venues – Whangarei’s Northland Events Centre, Waitakere Stadium in West Auckland. And of course, the NZ Rugby fortress, Eden Park.
The RWC 2021 brand has the vitality and connectivity of the ocean’s waters at its heart and features the ‘Ngaru’ – a symbol of the ocean’s waves that surround New Zealand and the many shores that teams will travel from to compete in this ground-breaking tournament.
An unstoppable energy.
An inspirational story.
— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) February 4, 2020
The cultural significance of the Maori motif, was created in close consultation with local cultural advisors. The NZR chief executive Mark Robinson stated “Together with the support from Central Government, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, and Whangarei District Council we are committed to working alongside World Rugby to deliver an exciting event that continues to grow the game and deliver benefits for rugby in New Zealand and globally.”
First RWC to adopt a gender-neutral naming
In a brave decision, World Rugby have chosen the 2021 Rugby World Cup to begin a new trend. Gender-neutral, all future tournaments will be RWC named. 2021 Women’s and 2023 Men’s events will be recognizable for the quality of the rugby played alone – the tournament presentation and emphasis will be on the event. Not the gender of the athletes.
“We are proud that RWC has adopted a gender-neutral naming approach to its properties – a bold and important move.”
Beaumont said “RWC 2021 follows a hugely successful 2017 event in Ireland which broke attendance and broadcast records. Having a hugely positive impact on women’s rugby. Last year we successfully launched ‘Try and Stop Us’, a campaign that aims to drive increased participation and engagement among fans, audiences, players and investors in the women’s game.”
— katie sadleir (@KSadleir) February 4, 2020
With one year and seven months, until teams take the field, the organizing committee has plans to ‘deliver a world-class event with sustainable commercial returns. Plans are already well on track to make RWC 2021 an outstanding event.’
Expect teams to be exposed to the culture, visit numerous cities and towns across the country, to understand the importance of rugby and it’s Grassroots. The International visitors will find plenty to sustain their adventurous nature, as much as the entertainment from the 80 minutes on the rugby field.
Visit the RugbyWorldCup.com website for more details. The opening matches for the 2021 Rugby World Cup is scheduled for Saturday, September 18. With the Cup final scheduled for October 16.
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