Women's Rugby World Cup 2017

  • 2017 Women's World Cup Tender Process Opens

    The tender process for the right to host the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup has opened following a record-breaking 2014 tournament in France. The tournament, which was won by England in Paris in August, will move to 2017 to maximise synergy with the Olympic and Rugby World Cup Sevens cycles, allowing the World’s best female players to compete on Rugby’s biggest stages. The event will return to a four-year cycle after 2017. The tender process was ratified by the World Rugby Council at its meet...

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  • Ireland Launch Women's RWC2017 Bid

    The Irish Rugby Football Union has announced that it has submitted a bid to host the Women's Rugby World Cup in August 2017 at locations in both Dublin and Belfast. University College Dublin is the intended host for the tournament pool stages before the play-offs and finals stages at Queen's University Sport and the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. The IRFU is also tabling a bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup and chief executive Phillip Browne said this new bid was a reflection of the growing mome...

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  • Las Vegas Named Sixth Women's 7s Host

    World Rugby has announced that Las Vegas will host the third round of the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series on 3-4 March, 2017. For the third time in 2016-17, the men's and Women's runs side by side as the Sam Boyd Stadium in Nevada plays host to the World's best sevens players. The announcement brings the number of rounds on the Women's series to six, with the season resuming in Dubai on 1 December. USA Rugby chief executive Dan Payne said: "We are very proud to combine the men's and women...

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  • EY Backs Women's RWC

    World Rugby has welcomed EY as an official sponsor and supporter of Women's Rugby World Cup 2017. With just less than a month to go until the tournament gets underway in Dublin and Belfast, the global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services is continuing its commitment to developing purpose-driven leaders through high-performing teams to help build a better working World. EY global vice chair of talent Nancy Altobello said: “EY shares common values with Rugby and has long b...

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  • WRWC 2017 Attracts Attention On TV And Online

    TV viewership figures indicate that the women’s RWC currently being contested in Dublin is capturing the imagination. An average of 191,300 - 17.45% of the available audience -watched Ireland's thrilling 19-17 win over Australia on RTE Two on the opening day of the tournament, with a peak of 322,300. That’s without counting interested parties from Northern Ireland as the RTE live feed was geo-blocked to that audience due to ITV’s UK rights. French channel, France 4, had a peak of 829,000 v...

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  • Women's World Cup Winners Target Professional Status

    It is just a few days since England's Women's Rugby World Cup triumph but thoughts are already turning to the future and several high-profile figures are insisting that turning professional has to be the next step for the Women's game on these shores. England defeated Canada 21-9 to win their first Women's World Cup in 20 years with a squad of part-time players and vice-captain Sarah Hunter has been vocal with her suggestions that professional status is crucial for England to stay competitive o...

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  • IRB Aims To Grow Women’s RWC Brand

    The International Rugby Board (IRB) has reaffirmed its commitment to growing the Women's Rugby World Cup brand by setting out a three-point plan to ensure the flagship event continues to grow and inspire the next generation of female players. The IRB Council-approved plan follows an extensive governance review of the Women's Rugby World Cup by tournament owners Rugby World Cup Limited. Key review considerations included tournament timing within the international Women's Rugby calendar, the tourn...

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  • Seats Added For Women's RWC Pool Games

    The demand for tickets to the pool stages of Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 has resulted in additional capacity being added to the UCD Bowl in Dublin with less than two months to go until the tournament starts. The additional capacity will allow 16,000 people to attend the opening matches of the tournament on 9 August when defending champions England will take on Spain before USA play Italy and then hosts Ireland get their campaign under way against Australia. The pool stages of Women's Rugby Worl...

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  • Sky Wins Rights To Junior And Women’s World Cups

    The IRB has revealed that Sky Sports has won the UK broadcasting rights for both the Women’s Rugby World Cup and IRB Junior World Championship taking place later this year. Sky has aired previous editions of the tournaments, including the record-breaking Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010, and further information on the details of the rights and any other bidders have not been released. Pool matches, semi-finals and finals of both the women’s tournament in Paris from 1-17 August  and the junior...

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  • Hire More Women Or Face Budget Cuts, Says Sports Minister

    English Rugby, as well as football and cricket, has been warned by sports minister Helen Grant to appoint more women directors or face budget cuts in Exchequer funding. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Grant made it clear getting more women into decision-making roles was one of her top priorities. The Rugby Football Union (RFU), along with their football and cricket counterparts, have reportedly been told that at least a quarter of their board members must be female by 2017 if they are...

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