We are backing the bid to bring the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup to Australia. Newcastle and Maitland will host the event if the bid is successful.

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Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the selection of Newcastle as Australia’s host city is the result of many months of work between Council staff with the NSW Government and Rugby Australia.

"The plan started last year when the Wallabies based their training camp at No 2 Sportsground. Both the players and officials from Rugby Australia fell in love with our city and saw its potential to play host to a major sporting event. Earlier this year we almost secured the Rugby World Sevens and today we have been confirmed as host city for Australia’s bid for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup," said the Lord Mayor.

“Newcastle is undoubtedly now a major events city in the eyes of sporting promoters, not just around Australia but from those based overseas looking for the perfect beachside city to host an international sporting event in Australia.

“Newcastle was proud to host the Matildas for a friendly against Brazil last year and our community responded with an Australian crowd record for an international women's football match.

“I’m confident that Newcastle would smash attendance records as the host of the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup too.”

Fans can show their support for the bid online by using #READY #BackTheBid #Australia2021 or visiting australia2021.com.au.

World Rugby is expected to announce the winner of the right to host the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup in November.