A record number of countries have registered their interest in hosting the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup.
A record-breaking tournament held in Ireland in 2017 has contributed to the growth of the women’s game worldwide. With attendances and television viewership increasingly on the rise, more countries are keen to host the growing competition.
According to World Rugby, the World Cup in 2017 was “the best-attended, most-viewed and most socially-engaged ever, setting new standards for the tournament and extending the reach of the game around the world.”
Six countries have outlined their intentions to bid for the 2021 showpiece with Australia, England, France, New Zealand, Portugal and Wales all in the race.
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “We are delighted with the record level of Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 hosting interest from unions, which reflects the significant global excitement and momentum behind the women’s game.
“Ireland 2017 was a magnificent tournament by any Rugby World Cup standards and I am sure that all six unions will be determined to raise the bar again as we look forward to a tournament that features a new format and is a proven major sporting and social driver.”
The six unions have been issued with the bid documents and now have until 10 August 2018 to submit their bid responses.
The World Rugby Council will select the Rugby World Cup 2021 host at its interim meeting in Dublin on 14 November 2018.