Women's Rugby World Cup

09 August - 26 August
Women’s Rugby World Cup comes to Northern Ireland in 2017.

In May 2015, the Irish Rugby Football Union was awarded the hosting of Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017. The event will take place from 9-26 August, 2017 at stadia in Dublin and Belfast.

Women’s Rugby World Cup is now regarded as a key event in the global sporting calendar that has grown from an invitational tournament to one with a robust qualification process, live broadcast, good attendances and an enthusiastic worldwide following.

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The eighth edition of Women’s Rugby World Cup gets underway in Ireland on 9 August with pool matches at University College Dublin, before moving Belfast for the play-off rounds at Queen's University Sport and Kingspan Stadium. The final will be held at Kingspan Stadium on 26 August. Nine teams are already confirmed in the 12-strong field in defending champions England, Canada, France, Ireland, New Zealand, USA and Australia by finishing in the top seven at WRWC 2014 and Italy and Wales through the Women's Six Nations across 2015 and 2016.

A Mini World Cup

The remaining three teams will be known by the end of this year as excitement continues to build towards Ireland 2017. There is plenty of rugby to play before the tournament kicks off with Briggs looking forward to a "mini World Cup" in November when England, Canada and New Zealand come to Ireland.
The three-match series will also give Irish rugby fans a taste of what is to come when the world's best women's teams converge on Dublin and Belfast for the showpiece event.

Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 play-off matches will be held on the main pitch at Queen's University Sport – a fibre sand reinforced natural grass pitch. The main pitch has a permanent grandstand with seating for 330 spectators.

Kingspan Stadium in Belfast is a state of the art stadium, fully developed in 2014 to a capacity of 18,000. The stadium, which is the home of Ulster Rugby, is open for all sports to utilise. Its outstanding facilities and renowned atmosphere make it one of the best Rugby stadiums in the UK and Ireland. Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 play-offs and the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 final will be held at this venue.

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