Reigning champions England will kick of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Dublin with a match against Spain, while hosts Ireland will start their challenge on the opening day in UCD against Australia. Tickets for the pool stages of the Women’s Rugby World Cup go on sale on Monday, January 9 at 9am.
The schedule for the pool stage matches is now confirmed. Games will take place across two pitches in University College Dublin – the UCD Bowl and Billings Park – on August 9, 13 and 17.
Defending champions England will get the tournament underway at the UCD Bowl at 2pm on Wednesday, August 9 when they meet Pool B rivals Spain before New Zealand take on Wales in the opening game of Pool A at 2:45pm in Billings Park.
Hosts Ireland get Pool C underway when they welcome Australia to the UCD Bowl at 7pm and the first day of competition will come to a close when France take on Japan at Billings Park at 7.45pm.
Day tickets for each of the three pool days start at just 5 euro for schoolchildren and 10 euro for adults, per day, for Billings Park, while day tickets for the UCD Bowl start at just 10 euro for schoolkids and 15 euro for adults, per day.
Family tickets (two adults and two children) start from just 25 euro for Billings Park and 40 euro for the UCD Bowl, per day.
Pool stage tickets will be available from 9am on Monday, January 9 from www.ticketmaster.ie/wrwc2017 and www.ticketmaster.co.uk/wrwc2017, where tickets for the final stages of the tournament are already on sale.
Commenting on the announcement, Fiona Coghlan, Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 Ambassador, said: “With just seven months to go until the first games in UCD, Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 takes another important step forward with the pool schedules confirmed and all tickets on sale.
“Having played in and experienced the Women’s Rugby World Cup, I know that these are great sporting events and have no doubt that the 2017 tournament in Ireland will be the best ever.
“With ticket prices from just €;5, everyone will have the opportunity to experience a major international sporting event on home soil, as some of the best athletes in the world battle it out for the Women’s Rugby World Cup.”
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont commented: “The pool stage fixtures announcement and tickets going on sale is always an exciting time for teams and fans as they can really now plan in detail for August.
“The schedule has thrown up some fascinating matches, not least home favourites Ireland playing Australia on the opening day in Dublin. That promises to be a great battle and is sure to attract a big crowd to UCD.
“The Women’s Rugby World Cup is going from strength to strength. The 2014 tournament in France was a huge success as was the 2010 version in England. As Women’s rugby is currently one of the world’s fastest growing team sports, we have no doubt that the 2017 event in Ireland will continue that upward trend and inspire the next generation of future stars.”
The semi-finals will take place in Kingspan Stadium on Tuesday, August 22 with the final scheduled for Saturday, August 26 in the home of Ulster Rugby.
Ranking play-off games will take place in Queen’s University over the same dates. Ireland’s knockout matches will take place at Kingspan Stadium regardless of their ranking position.
Tickets are currently on sale for these games from www.ticketmaster.co.uk/wrwc2017. Prices start from just £10 for children, £15 for adults and £45 for families (2+2).
For more information about the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017, visit www.rwcwomens.com.
Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 Match Schedule
– UCD Bowl, UCD, Dublin
– UCD Billings Park, UCD, Dublin
– Queen’s University, Belfast
– Kingspan Stadium, Belfast
|Pool A||Pool B||Pool C|
Match Schedule –
Match Day 1: Wednesday, August 9, 2017
|1.||B||14:00||England v Spain||UCD Bowl|
|2.||A||14:45||New Zealand v Wales||Billings Park, UCD|
|3.||B||16:30||USA v Italy||UCD Bowl|
|4.||A||17:15||Canada v Hong Kong||Billings Park, UCD|
|5.||C||19:00||Ireland v Australia||UCD Bowl|
|6.||C||19:45||France v Japan||Billings Park, UCD|
Match Day 2: Sunday, August 13, 2017
|7.||A||12:00||New Zealand v Hong Kong||Billings Park, UCD|
|8.||B||14:30||England v Italy||Billings Park, UCD|
|9.||B||14:45||USA v Spain||UCD Bowl|
|10.||A||17:00||Canada v Wales||Billings Park, UCD|
|11.||C||17:15||Ireland v Japan||UCD Bowl|
|12.||C||19:45||France v Australia||UCD Bowl|
Match Day 3: Thursday, August 17, 2017
|13.||A||12:00||Canada v New Zealand||Billings Park, UCD|
|14.||B||14:30||England v USA||Billings Park, UCD|
|15.||B||14:45||Italy v Spain||UCD Bowl|
|16.||C||17:00||Australia v Japan||Billings Park, UCD|
|17.||A||17:15||Wales v Hong Kong||UCD Bowl|
|18.||C||19:45||France v Ireland||UCD Bowl|
At the end of the pool phase, the teams will be seeded based on the position in which they finished in their respective pools.
|1st Seed||Pool winner with most competition points|
|2nd Seed||Pool winner with 2nd most competition points|
|3rd Seed||Pool winner with 3rd most competition points|
|4th Seed||Pool second place with most competition points|
|5th Seed||Pool second place with 2nd most competition points|
|6th Seed||Pool second place with 3rd most competition points|
|7th Seed||Pool third place with most competition points|
|8th Seed||Pool third place with 2nd most competition points|
|9th Seed||Pool third place with 3rd most competition points|
|10th Seed||Pool fourth place with most competition points|
|11th Seed||Pool fourth place with 2nd most competition points|
|12th Seed||Pool fourth place with 3rd most competition points|
Based on the seedings, the allocation of fourth round matches will be as follows:
Match Day 4: Tuesday, August 22, 2017
|For Rankings 9 – 12|
|19.||12:00||10th Seed v 11th Seed||QUB, Malone*|
|20.||14:30||9th Seed v 12th Seed||QUB, Malone*|
|For Rankings 5 – 8|
|21.||17:00||6th Seed v 7th Seed||QUB, Malone*|
|22.||14:00||5th Seed v 8th Seed||Kingspan|
|23.||17:00||2nd Seed v 3rd Seed||Kingspan|
|24.||19:45||1st Seed v 4th Seed||Kingspan|
Match Day 5: Saturday, August 26, 2017
|No.||Kick Off||Match||Venue||Ranking matches|
|25.||12:00||Loser Match 19 v Loser Match 20||QUB, Malone*||11-12|
|26.||14:30||Winner Match 19 v Winner Match 20||QUB, Malone*||9-10|
|27.||17:00||Loser Match 21 v Loser Match 22||QUB, Malone*||7-8|
|28.||14:30||Winner Match 21 v Winner Match 22||Kingspan||5-6|
|29.||17:00||Loser Match 23 v Loser Match 24||Kingspan||3-4|
|30.||19:45||Winner Match 23 v Winner Match 24||Kingspan||1-2|
* Should results have Ireland playing in QUB, their match/matches will be switched with the first game at Kingspan Stadium each day.