England has been confirmed as host of the 2025 Women’s Rugby World Cup, confirmed by the World Rugby Council.
A central theme to the hosting plans is a legacy programme in parallel to the tournament from 2022 to 2025, in a bid to grow the women’s game across the country.
England Rugby affirmed that creating capacity through facility development and the recruitment of female coaches and referees is a core focus of the programme, alongside creating a multigenerational legacy by promoting the sport to young girls and university-age women.
Furthermore, the organisation has also stated that it wants women who didn’t have the opportunity to play to become fans, and to support development within the home unions.
“We are thrilled to be hosting Rugby World Cup 2025, it is going to be incredible,” commented Sue Day, RFU Chief Operating Officer and Chief Finance Officer. “We would like to thank Government for their support in making this possible.
“Working closely with Government, UK Sport, Sport England and World Rugby together we will create a lasting legacy for women’s rugby in England, the UK and across the world, both in terms of attracting more people to play and attracting new fans.
“As we have seen from other home World Cups in cricket, hockey and netball a Rugby World Cup will further advance all women’s sport. The tournament will also deliver significant economic benefits right across the country. I can only imagine how proud we will be and how special it will feel to host the final at Twickenham.”
The governing body has also approved Australia as hosts for the men’s World Cup in 2027 as well as the women’s in 2029.
Additionally, the legacy programme will also see facilities standards improved to enhance the experiences women and girls have throughout many clubs. Investments will also be used to modernise toilet facilities, upgrade changing rooms and develop social spaces in clubs throughout England.
Grassroots education and mentor programmes will aim to attract 1,000 new female coaches and 500 match officials while also introducing thousands more girls and young women to the game.
Culture Secretary, Nadine Dorries, added: “We want to use the 2025 World Cup as a catalyst to inspire more women and girls to get active and enjoy the benefits of competitive sport.
“We’ve a great platform to do so. The Red Roses are top of the world rankings and grassroots participation is booming. We’re investing £30 million in a major sporting events package over the next three years to help us achieve our aim.”