World Rugby drops gender specifying Rugby World Cup name

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World Rugby has announced it will put an end to gender-specific naming of the flagship 15s and sevens World Cup tournament. As of August, the tournament will go from being referred to as Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021, to simply Rugby World Cup 2021.

The suggestion was made by Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL), in order to create more equality within the sport. Traditionally, men’s tournaments do not carry a gender specifying-name, and therefore they create an unconscious bias which affects sponsorships for and investments in women’s sport.

According to World Rugby, female rugby participation has never been higher, with 2.7 million players globally, which is more than a quarter of the global playing population. 

“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 a gender balance in the naming of men’s and women’s Rugby World Cup competitions, we are setting new standards in equality in rugby,” says World Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont.