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The World Rugby and the Rugby Football Union (RFU) have confirmed the Host Cities, towns and venues for the 2025 Rugby World Cup.

Dublin (Ireland)-based World Rugby is the world governing body for the sport of rugby union. The World Rugby organizes the Rugby World Cup every four years, the sport’s most recognized and most profitable competition.

London (UK)-based the Rugby Football Union (RFU) is the national governing body for rugby union in England (UK). It was founded in 1871 and was the sport’s international governing body prior to the formation of what is now known as the World Rugby (WR) in 1886. It promotes and runs the sport, organizes international matches for the England national team and educates and trains players and officials.

The 2025 Rugby World Cup will be the 10th edition of the women’s Rugby World Cup, as organized by World Rugby. It is scheduled to be held in England (UK). It will be the second women’s Rugby Union World Cup to be hosted by England after the 2010 edition. It will be the fifth hosted in the British Isles. It will be held from August 22nd-September 27th, 2025.
 

England Senior Women

‘RFU England Rugby’ stated that the 10th edition of the women’s World Cup will kick off on August 22nd, 2025 and conclude with the World Cup final on September 27th, 2025. The games will be hosted across the length and breadth of United Kingdom, giving the opportunity for people across the country to see, engage with and support the stars of the women’s game.
 

Host Cities, Towns and Venues

  • Brighton and Hove – The 30,666-capacity American Express Community Stadium in Brighton and Hove, England;
  • Bristol – The 27,000-capacity Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, England;
  • Exeter – The 15,600-capacity Sandy Park Stadium in Exeter, England;
  • London – The 82,000-capacity Twickenham Stadium in Twickenham, England;
  • Manchester – The 12,000-capacity AJ Bell Stadium in Eccles, England – *subject to final confirmation;
  • Northampton – The 15,249-capacity cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens in Northampton, England;
  • Sunderland – The 48,707-capacity Stadium of Light in Sunderland, England; and
  • York – The 8,500-capacity York Community Stadium in Huntington, City of York, England.

 

Biggest Celebration of Women’s Rugby

‘RFU England Rugby’ further stated that for the first time ever, the elite women’s rugby tournament will be hosted across eight venues around the United Kingdom with 16 teams competing to be crowned world champions.

Canada, England, France, and New Zealand have already qualified for the Rugby World Cup 2025 after finishing in the top four of RWC 2021, with the remaining positions to be filled via World Rugby’s new women’s international 15s tournament, WXV, and regional competitions in 2024.

The WXV is an upcoming women’s international rugby union competition that will be held annually, scheduled to be launched in 2023. The competition will consist of three tiers – WXV 1, WXV 2 and WXV 3. Each tier will consist of six teams that will be divided into two pools and will run in a split pool format where teams only face teams from the other pool.

Said Sir Bill Beaumont, World Rugby Chairman, “Following the record-breaking success of Rugby World Cup 2021 in New Zealand, women’s rugby has built an incredibly strong foundation and as one of the fastest growing sports in the world, RWC 2025 is set to take the game to the next level as the biggest celebration of women’s rugby with fans and players very much at its heart. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with all our partners as we strive to deliver a world-class and historic event that will leave a lasting legacy, both in England and around the world as we aim to inspire millions of new players and fans and continue to grow the game we love.”

Added Sue Day, RFU Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Finance Officer (CFO) and former Red Rose, “Through our continued investment in the women’s game, the Red Roses (England women’s national rugby union team) have already inspired a new generation of girls and boys to play rugby. Our home World Cup will further accelerate this growth and our continued partnership with the World Rugby and the UK Government will support our aim to make that happen.”

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