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San Diego to stage return of Women’s Rugby Super Series

The US city of San Diego will host the returning Women’s Rugby Super Series this summer, World Rugby has announced.

The tournament will take place from June 26 to July 14 and will be contested by New Zealand, England, Canada, France and hosts USA. It will mark the first time the tournament has been held in three years.

The competition is increasing from four to five teams for this year’s edition, which will operate under a round-robin model. Teams will play each other once, with two games per day on June 26, July 2, July 10 and July 14.

Each team will use one match date as a bye, with the first four rounds taking place at the Elite Athlete Training Centre and the final round to be held at Torero Stadium.

The Super Series was last hosted by the US in 2016, when Canada won the title and England finished as runners-up.

World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “As part of the women’s strategic plan, accelerating the global development of women in rugby, one of the key strands is to increase the competitiveness of international rugby across the women’s game. As part of the plan, World Rugby’s high-performance programme is committed to providing targeted investment and support in order to achieve this long-term objective.”