Maitland misses out in World Cup bid
Rugby Australia’s Chief Executive Raelene Castle has thanked Maitland for its contribution to the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup bid, despite losing hosting rights to New Zealand.
New Zealand pipped Australia at the overnight vote in held in Ireland, 25 to 17.
Rugby Australia announced in August that it hoped to secure the 12 nation tournament and host it in the Hunter, with matches to be played at Maitland No. 1 and Newcastle No. 2 sportsgrounds. The bid also included the final at McDonald Jones Stadium and an athlete’s village in the region, with an estimated $23 million boost to the economy.
“I want to acknowledge the passionate support we received from Newcastle and the Hunter Valley rugby communities behind our bid,” Ms Castle said.
“Throughout our engagement they have epitomised the values of our game and the spirit within our rugby communities across Australia.
“Our sincere gratitude also goes to the City of Newcastle, and Maitland.
“While we are naturally disappointed at today’s outcome, we are energised and excited to continue to build on the platform of growth we have set in women’s rugby in recent years.”
In a statement released on social media, Maitland City Council said that they were proud of the city’s involvement.
“Maitland is still proud of the role we played in the competitive bidding process and we want to thank Rugby Australia and all our stakeholders for the work they put in to the bid that showcased the Hunter Region,” the statement said.
“We will continue to put Maitland’s hat in the ring for quality events that can benefit our community.”