Australia disappointed as New Zealand win Women's Rugby World Cup hosting rights

Australia celebrate winning the World Cup

Australia won their 11th World Cup in 2017 defeating England 6-0 in the final

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

New Zealand won a record fifth women's Rugby World Cup title past year in Ireland, beating England 41-32 in the final. "If I was a Kiwi, I'd think it's sort of coming home now".

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has today announced Wellington's Westpac Stadium will host South Africa on 27 July 2019, in a condensed (due to Rugby World Cup) Investec Rugby Championship.

World Rugby voted 25-17 in Dublin on Wednesday to award the hosting rights to New Zealand over a rival bid from Australia.

Jubilant NZ Rugby CEO Steve Tew also praised the Australian bid.

"With the Steven Mullaney Memorial Match continuing to provide a unique opportunity for some potential future stars to play at Wembley Stadium, we've tried to create a Challenge Cup Final Day package which will breathe new life into Rugby League's big day out".

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said he felt the decision was worldwide recognition for the obsession for rugby in New Zealand.

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Palmer, a former Black Fern and current New Zealand Rugby board member is one of the key presenters of the New Zealand bid and concedes she's feeling tense ahead of the meeting.

They say the area best reflects the scale of the 12-team event, promising it will be commercially robust because of support pledged by the federal and NSW governments.

"You listen to the presentation and it's the passion, it's a passion for the sport and everybody knows what rugby means to Kiwis".

It was the best attended Women's Rugby World Cup to date with a record total attendance of 45,412, the most viewed with Ireland, France, the United Kingdom and U.S. all recording unprecedented viewing figures, and also the most socially engaged, generating 45 million views across official tournament platforms.

Ralph Rimmer, the chief executive of the Rugby Football League, said: "This is a significant and exciting day for the Challenge Cup, and the game's relationship with Wembley Stadium". That certainly came out in the bid.

The bid also featured a pledge to run a Pacific Nations tournament alongside the World Cup, with the aim of unleashing that region's untapped female talent. "We put a compelling case together and the presentation went well but unfortunately we didn't get the votes on the day".

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