Black Ferns to face Australia at World Cup

Ross Houston
November 22, 2020

Ireland have learned what potentially awaits them in the pool stages of the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup.

Beaumont, who is unable to attend the draw because of ongoing travel restrictions as a effect of the pandemic, believes that New Zealand 2021, backed by the country's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, will raise the bar on and off the field.

The winners will take the final qualification spot and play Wales, New Zealand and Australia.

If they win that tournament, they'll go to next year's World Cup in New Zealand as "Europe 1" and play the No 3 ranked Canadians and No 6 ranked Americans and an Asian qualifier.

Meanwhile, 2017 Rugby World Cup runners-up England will be joined by France, South Africa and Fiji in Pool C. The top seven teams from the 2017 World Cup - New Zealand, England, Australia, the United States, France, Australia and Wales - qualified automatically while five others have or will advance through qualifying tournaments to be played this year.

Black Ferns perform their haka.

Officials say it is the biggest deal in Rugby League World Cup history and the largest rugby league commercial agreement outside Australia.

"This is the largest sponsorship deal in Rugby League World Cup history and we are grateful for the trust Cazoo have shown in the tournament".

"An opportunity to grow the game here but also internationally an opportunity to showcase our elite athletes and provide inspiration for girls, and boys".

Last month, the England Netball team quarantined for two weeks in New Zealand - which has recorded just 25 deaths from Covid and where the virus case numbers remain extremely low - before playing the Silver Ferns in a three-Test series.

"An opportunity to break down gender discrimination in sport".

"We are blessed with so many fantastic players and role models - a golden generation of stars, performing at the highest level of the game, who inspire females of all ages to have the confidence to get out and give rugby a try; be it for fitness, competition or fun". It is the day that the teams and fans have been waiting for with great anticipation, the moment the tournament truly comes alive and the final preparations begin in earnest.

"And finally an opportunity to extend the manaakitanga that New Zealand is famous for".

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