Sponsorship boost for Rugby League World Cup

The draw for the 2021 Rugby World Cup was held in Auckland

The draws for the Women's World Cup 2021 took place in New Zealand this morning conducted by the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Arden.

Top seeds and hosts New Zealand, who have won the competition a record five times, have been drawn in pool A with neighbours Australia, Wales and the victor of the Final Qualification Tournament.

The United States and Canada were drawn in Pool B with the victor of the European and Asian qualifiers which have yet to be played.

Rugby World Cup 2017 runners-up England are drawn in Pool C alongside bronze medallists France, South Africa and Fiji, who are set to make their Rugby World Cup debut.

Black Ferns captain Eloise Blackwell said there was always added spice when New Zealand play Australia. 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. "We are committed to a spectacular Rugby World Cup 2021 and we can't wait to welcome all 12 teams to Aotearoa New Zealand".

"As one of the few countries in the world where sport can even be played in front of packed stadiums of fans, Rugby World Cup 2021 offers up a chance to showcase New Zealand to a global audience", she said.

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"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".

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.

"Today marks an important step towards that ambition".

"New Zealand 2021, coupled with the enormous stage that the Olympics provides, will champion that mantra in a golden year for women in rugby and a year of celebration for our sport".

Les Bleues are now ranked fourth in the world behind England, New Zealand and Canada.

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