The Women’s Rugby World Cup is the premier international competition in rugby union for women. The tournament is organised by the sport’s governing body, World Rugby. The championships are currently held every four years; the event was most recently held in France in August 2014. World Rugby has chosen to reset the tournament on a new four-year cycle to avoid conflict with the Olympics and Women’s World Cup Sevens; the next World Cup will thus be held in Dublin, Ireland and Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2017 and then every four years thereafter. The top 7 ranked teams plus 5 qualifiers compete to determine the greatest team in world women’s rugby.
Rugby Union for dummies / Nick Cain.
This year’s tournament is the eighth incarnation of the competition and will be taking place in Ireland. All matches are being played in Dublin or Belfast. For those travelling to the matches, grab top travel guides form your Hampshire branch.
Ireland / main contributors, Lisa Gerard-Sharp and Tim Perry
The summer holidays are the perfect time to promote sporting participation, skill and fitness. Look out for health, fitness and well being classes across the Hampshire libraries and Discovery Centre’s events programmes. For those keen to read up on the sport check out our online catalogue and e-books and audio books service.
Women’s team sports have risen in profile significantly in recent years and there are many insights into sportswomen’s endeavour’s in recent publications, such as Nicola Adams’ Olympic boxing heroics or Jessica Ennis-Hill’s London 2012 glory.
Unbelievable : from my childhood dreams to winning Olympic gold / Jessica Ennis
The tournament will hopefully inspire our young spectators and readers, and there is much inspiration to be found in our Children’s Information collection. Hopefully the nation’s heroics of the recent past will be match by the England team, who enter the competition as holders.