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One year to go until the Rugby World Cup

This page contains an update about the 2021 Rugby World Cup which will be co-hosted in Whangarei, with some matches played at Northland Events Centre.
Updated: 22/09/2020 3:57 p.m.

Picture showing the Rugby World Cup graphics and text "One year to go"

​With just one year to go before the Rugby World Cup 2021 kicks off, Council’s Venues and Events Team at the Northland Events Centre are celebrating!

Eden Park and Whangārei’s Northland Events Centre will host a combined six matches across the opening match day on Saturday 18 September 2021. The Black Ferns will play the opening match of Rugby World Cup 2021 at Auckland’s Eden Park.

The remaining pool stage match days – Thursday 23 and Tuesday 28 September – will be hosted at Waitakere Stadium and Northland Events Centre.

People who are interested in becoming an official volunteer for Rugby World Cup 2021 can now register their interest in joining the team behind the tournament.

Volunteers will play a key role in delivering the tournament and across a range of roles including hosting and way-finding, accreditation and team liaison. Volunteers can register at:


“The world’s best high-performance rugby players want to play here, and New Zealanders are ready to host them, and showcase our manaakitanga on the world-stage. We're proud hosts and we're encouraging everyone who is keen to volunteer to join our team to deliver the biggest celebration and festival of rugby in 2021. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity,” said Rugby World Cup 2021 Tournament Director Michelle Hooper.

That sentiment is fully endorsed by Council’s Venues and Events Team.



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