Published: Sun, November 22, 2020
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Black Ferns to face Australia at World Cup

Black Ferns to face Australia at World Cup

The Black Ferns have been drawn in the same pool as Australia in the 2021 Rugby World Cup as the official draw for the New Zealand tournament was revealed.

"It's going to be wonderful", New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at the draw ceremony at Auckland's Sky City casino.

Hosts and defending champions Black Ferns have been drawn in Pool A with trans-Tasman rivals Australia, Wales and the Final Qualification Tournament victor.

Pool B sees Canada set to face U.S. for the first time in the pool stages of a Rugby World Cup alongside Europe 1 and Asia 1.

Meanwhile, 2017 Rugby World Cup runners-up England will be joined by France, South Africa and Fiji in Pool C.

"It is interesting how the pools have come out", New Zealand captain Eloise Blackwell said. 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.

Middleton's side leapfrogged the Black Ferns to become the No 1-ranked team in the world last week following an impressive 33-10 victory over France in Grenoble to stretch their winning streak over Les Bleues to six consecutive games.

"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".

Beaumont said: "New Zealand 2021 will be one of the great Rugby World Cups. We are committed to a spectacular Rugby World Cup 2021 and we can't wait to welcome all 12 teams to Aotearoa New Zealand".

The draw was made on Thursday evening in Auckland. It is the first time a women's final will be played at a stadium which has hosted a men's final.

"The World Cup is an opportunity to. provide inspiration for girls and boys and an opportunity to keep breaking down gender discrimination in sport", she said.

"And finally an opportunity to extend the manaakitanga that New Zealand is famous for".

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