Newcastle in Women's Rugby World Cup bid
Newcastle has been unveiled as a proposed host city as Australia contends to host the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup.
Australia is competing against New Zealand, England, France, Portugal and Wales to secure the tournament, which will attract tens of thousands of visitors to our city.
The selection of Newcastle is the result of many months of work by Council staff with the NSW Government and Rugby Australia.
When the Wallabies based their training camp at No 2 Sportsground last year, players and officials from Rugby Australia fell in love with our city and saw its potential to play host to a major sporting event.
We were also proud to host the Matildas for a friendly against Brazil last year where our community set an Australian crowd record for an international women's football match.
Earlier this year we almost secured the Rugby World Sevens, and Newcastle is undoubtedly now a major events city in the eyes of sporting promoters, not just in Australia but also those overseas looking for the perfect beachside city to host an international sporting event.
The 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup would be one of the biggest ever sporting events we've hosted, attracting visitors from Australia and around the world.
The event will be a 12-team tournament over 35 days in July and August 2021 and will attract global broadcast and digital audiences and bring significant economic and social benefits to the Hunter.
The 2017 Tournament in Ireland saw record crowds, reached a television viewing audience of 33.9 million, and generated more than 40 million video views on social media.
The successful host nation will be announced on 14 November 2018.