Holders New Zealand will host the Women's Rugby World Cup for the first time in 2021, World Rugby has announced.
Castle, Rugby Australia chairman Cameron Clyne and head of women's rugby Jilly Collins presented Australia's bid to the World Rugby Council on Wednesday but they were unable to poll enough votes. The final will be played at Auckland's Eden Park, which hosted the men's World Cup finals in 1987 and 2011.
"It's an easy drive from Auckland and the ideal base for WRWC visitors for a Northland holiday, and, like Auckland, has a strong women's rugby player and fan base".
"We congratulate New Zealand Rugby on its successful bid, and we are sure they will deliver a fantastic tournament in what will be the first Women's World Cup played in the Southern Hemisphere".
On behalf of Rugby Australia I want to thank everyone who assisted with our bid for the 2021 Women's World Cup, especially the Australian Government and New South Wales Government for their significant backing.
"The tournament provides another opportunity to reaffirm our capability and experience in delivering major sporting events".
Tew paid credit to the Government for their support, with Black Ferns legend Dr Farah Palmer keen to leverage on much of the good work that is being done by the Government for female sport.
ATEED General Manager Destination, Steve Armitage says Auckland is an worldwide award-winning world-class host city and hosting the Women's Rugby World Cup is consistent with the region becoming a world centre for women in sport in the next five years. "To be able to announce this news across all three competitions, three years before their respective World Cup Finals, demonstrates further progress for the global game and we look forward to ongoing collaboration with the RLWC2021 organisers".
Palmer has a six-year-old daughter and can not wait for her to witness the tournament.
'I don't know if it will be exactly the same or copying New Zealand, but we will certainly be managing the individual players together and that will incorporate periods of rest'.
"It was an incredible bid and I think what it's shown us is that there is such an enormous passion for women's rugby in Australia", she said. It's in their DNA. "If I was a Kiwi, I'd think it's sort of coming home now".