World Rugby get rid of gender titles for World Cup events

New Zealand will host the 2021 World Cup and enter the tournament as defending champions (PA Images)
New Zealand will host the 2021 World Cup and enter the tournament as defending champions (PA Images)
22:25pm, Wed 21 Aug 2019
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World Rugby have announced they will no longer ascribe gender titles to their World Cup tournaments.

The global change will begin in 2021 when the previously named 'Women's World Cup' which is being held in New Zealand will become simply the 'World Cup'.

And the same will then apply for the Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2022, with 11 countries still in the running to host the event.

Speaking about the decision, World Rugby said: "The competitions have equal billing from a brand perspective, regardless of whether the events feature men or women.

"The purpose is to elevate the profile of the women’s game, while eliminating any inherent or perceived bias towards men’s only competitions and tournaments, which traditionally haven’t specified gender.

"It is underpinned by World Rugby’s key strategic priority to advance gender balance at all levels of rugby under its ambitious global action plan, 'Accelerating the Global Development of Women in Rugby 2017-2025'."

Meanwhile, the chairman of World Rugby, Bill Beaumont, said the decision demonstrates their 'ongoing and unwavering commitment to advancing women's rugby' and insists they hope to be at the forefront in bringing about gender equality in sport.

Beaumont said: "Unintentional gender bias in sport is an ongoing issue.

"As a global sporting federation we need to be leading from the front on the issue of equality.

"By adopting gender balance in the naming of men’s and women’s Rugby World Cup competitions, we are setting new standards in equality in rugby."

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