New Zealand's own Black Ferns are finally in Ireland for the Women's 2017 Rugby World Cup, kicking off this month. Their first game is against Wales on Wednesday 9th August, at 2:45 pm, at UCD Billings Park, Dublin.
New Zealand, 2nd ranked in the world is up against Canada, Hong Kong and Wales in Pool A.
With the game played by two million girls and women around the globe, Women’s Rugby World Cup is extending the reach of women’s rugby to new audiences, inspiring participation, interest and engagement.
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.
The tournament comprises 12 teams in three pools of four with the pool winners plus the best runner-up progressing to the semi-finals.
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.