The IRB has released details on the Women's Rugby World Cup 2014, which will kick off in Paris, France, on Friday, August 1.
Pool play matches will be contested on August 1, 5 and 9 at the Centre National du Rugby (CNR) in Marcoussis, France. The CNR will also host portions of the knockout stages; however, the semifinals (August 13), 3rd place and final (both August 17) will be played at Stade Jean Bouin in Paris.
Eight of the 12 teams have already been named (champions New Zealand, England, Australia, France, USA, Canada, Ireland and Wales), while another two will be named this Saturday. Those two slots will come down to Italy, Spain, Samoa and Scotland, all of which are still in contention for a finals' berth. The remaining two seeds will be fulfilled by an African and Asian team.
IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset is looking forward to the event in France next year.
“I have no doubt that this tournament will capitalize on the phenomenal success of the last Women’s Rugby World Cup and elevate the Women’s Game to new heights,” said Lapasset.
“The Fédération Française de Rugby has considerable experience of hosting major international Rugby tournaments, highlighted by the success of Rugby World Cup 2007."
"Along with France's world-class facilities, strong tournament management and an extensive and enthusiastic support base for Women’s Rugby, it is perfectly positioned to host a memorable and ultimately successful Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014.”
The USA Women finished in 5th place in 2010, ending with a 3-2 record. For more information, visit www.rwcwomens.com