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Steve Tew hails support for women in New Zealand wins 2021 Rugby World Cup hosting rights | 1 NEWS NOW

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said the government's support for the Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 bid showed "where our country is, in regards to women's matters, where we are in regards to the major events and also where we are as a rugby nation. "

Tew paid credit to the government for their support, with Black Ferns legend Dr Farah Palmer keen to leverage on the good work for the Government for female sport.

"Minister Grant Robertson has been supportive, in fact quite demanding, I was not looking forward to seeing him," Tew said.

"We had a personal message from the prime minister who would have actually liked to have been here."

"I think every message today is very important, very personal and an invitation to come back to New Zealand just reinforced where our country is in regards to women's matters, nation. "

"There's a lot of going on in New Zealand, there's a lot of women in the sport," Dr Palmer said.

"There's lots going on, so we're going to be leveraging it for developing rugby."

She's probably going to have a laugh and cry every time she has done it for the 2011 Rugby World Cup final.

"I've got a six-year-old daughter, I'm really looking forward to seeing the best of these female rugby players on our home turf in Aotearoa and that's what drives me now."

The final tournament will be held at Eden Park, a Pacific Nations tournament to be held in the Pacific.

"We do not believe that that is a great opportunity because we feel that an untapped potential, they're the Pacific nations.

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