Welcome to the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 website, which will shortly contain everything you need to know about the next edition of rugby's pinnacle 15s women's tournament. This page will be a helpful resource that aims to provide all rugby fans and media organisations with information about the showcase event.

Following an inspirational and record-breaking Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 in France, the stage is now set for Ireland to take over the mantle and deliver what will undoubtedly be a unique and thrilling tournament.

TOURNAMENT BACKGROUND

The hosting rights to Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 were awarded to the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) in May 2015.

THE GLOBAL GOVERNING BODY

World Rugby is the global governing body for the sport of rugby worldwide and owner of Rugby World Cup. With 121 national unions affiliated through six regional associations, World Rugby is responsible for the development and growth of rugby worldwide, the guardians of its regulations and laws and major international events, including Rugby World Cup tournaments, the men’s and women’s sevens series, Pacific Nations Cup, Nations Cup, U20 Championship and several others. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, World Rugby is investing a record £340 million in the development of the game between 2009-2016 in order that more men, women, and children can participate. 

THE HOST UNION

The Irish Rugby Football Union is the host for Women's Rugby World Cup 2017, and will manage and deliver the four-week tournament, hosted in both Belfast in Northern Ireland and Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. 

ACCREDITATION

Media Accreditation for the event will open in 2017 with more details available in April.

MEDIA CONTACT

World Rugby Tournament Communications Manager: Eoin McHugh (eoin.mchugh@worldrugby.org)

Irish Rugby Football Union: Stephen McNamara (Stephen.McNamara@irfu.ie) and Maria Boland (Maria.Boland@irfu.ie)