RFU launches bid to host 2025 Women’s World Cup in England

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The Rugby Football Union will submit a bid to host the 2025 Women’s World Cup in England.

The tournament was last staged in England in 2010, and for the 2025 bid the RFU plans to adopt a multi-city and multi-region approach to delivering the tournament.

RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney said: “Securing RWC 2025 would add to the impressive list of major sporting events that the UK has attracted since London 2012, reinforcing the UK’s international reputation as a leading major events’ destination and a global leader in promoting women’s sport.

“As well as providing great economic returns, hosting the tournament would help to further promote rugby as an inclusive sport and provide a springboard to narrow the gap between male and female participation.”

England won the tournament for the second time in 2014 and were runners-up to New Zealand when it was last held in 2017.

The RFU say that since 2014 female participation in England rose from 13,000 to 40,000 registered players in clubs, with 80,000 girls playing in schools, colleges and universities.

England v New Zealand – 2017 Women’s World Cup Final – Kingspan Stadium
New Zealand won the last Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2017 (Brian Lawless/PA)

The 2025 bid aims to put a legacy programme in place focusing on three strands.

This includes creating capacity through facility development and the recruitment of female coaches and referees, allowing more young girls and students to play, and encouraging more women supporters in the game.

Grassroots education and mentor programmes will aim to attract 500 new female coaches, 1,000 match officials and 60,000 new registered players.

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