Women's Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2021
Here is some key information on the 2021 women’s Rugby World Cup:
- it is the ninth women’s RWC
- it will be hosted solely by New Zealand
- hosted in the Southern Hemisphere for the first time
- dates: 18 September and 16 October 2021
- venues: Waitakere Stadium (the Trusts Arena), Northland Events Centre (Semenoffs Stadium) and Auckland’s Eden Park
- the first RWC to remove gender designations from the title of a World Cup
RWC 2021 Participating Countries
A total of 12 teams will compete to win the 9th women’s rugby world cup in 2021.
With less than a year to go, nine teams have already qualified.
Seven teams received automatic qualification based on the final standings of RWC 2017. South Africa and Fiji then qualified through regional tournaments, with the remaining three spots to be awarded through further regional tournaments by the end of 2020.
- Australia, who qualified automatically as a top seven finisher in RWC 2017.
- Canada, who qualified automatically as a top seven finisher in RWC 2017.
- England, who qualified automatically as a top seven finisher in RWC 2017.
- Fiji, who qualified for their first Rugby World Cup by coming 3rd in the Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship 2019 in Lautoka, Fiji.
- France, who qualified automatically as a top seven finisher in RWC 2017.
- New Zealand, who qualified automatically as winners of the 2017 women’s RWC tournament.
- South Africa, who were the first regional qualifiers after beating Kenya to win the Rugby Africa Women’s Cup in Brakpan, South Africa.
- USA, who qualified automatically as a top seven finisher in RWC 2017.
- Wales, who qualified automatically as a top seven finisher in RWC 2017.
Follow this link to read more about the RWC 2021 qualification process.
Rugby World Cup 2021 Qualification Process
Previous Winners of the Women's Rugby World Cup
|1991||Wales||USA||19 – 6||England|
|1994||Scotland||England||38 – 23||USA|
|1998||Netherlands||New Zealand||44 – 12||USA|
|2002||Spain||New Zealand||19 – 9||England|
|2006||Canada||New Zealand||25 – 17||England|
|2010||England||New Zealand||13 – 10||England|
|2014||France||England||21 – 9||Canada|
Which team is the favourite to win RWC 2021?
New Zealand’s Black Ferns are the favorites to win RWC 2021 for the following key reasons:
- they have won 5 of the last 6 RWC titles
- they will have home ground advantage
- their faster style of play should be better suited to what is anticipated to be fairly dry conditions
That said, England, with it’s powerful runners, kicking game and strong set piece plays, will certainly be a strong contender. The French women’s team are also building very strongly and should be considered a dark horse to take the title.
The women’s six nations in early 2021 will provide more insight on which European teams will be strongest come kick off time on the 18th of September! Then let’s not forget the Canadian women’s rugby team, currently 3rd in the world rugby rankings…
Current World Rankings (September 2020)
The women’s world rugby union rankings, as at September 2020, are:
- New Zealand
Women's RWC 2021 ticket information
Women's RWC 2021 Video
Watch this video announcing the hosting rights for the women’s 2021 RWC, with New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew, Board Member and former Black Fern Dr Farah Palmer and World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont.