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World Rugby has announced that the Women’s Rugby World Cup will be rebranded the Rugby World Cup as the governing body rolls out gender neutral naming for tournaments. It claims the move is the “ultimate statement in equality.”
The women’s designation will be dropped from the Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2021, which will now be named Rugby World Cup 2021 and will be the first tournament to fall under the gender neutral naming regulations.
This decision to no longer include gender in the titles is a first for a major sporting federation, with the footballing equivalent still known as the Fifa Women’s World Cup.
The same will apply to the Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament where the men’s and women’s events are held simultaneously in the same host city.
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “This announcement demonstrates our ongoing and unwavering commitment to advancing women in rugby both on and off the field in line with our ambitious strategic plan.
“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’
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