World Rugby has opened a tender process to find the host of its 2017 Women’s World Cup, which will be a special edition of the tournament tying in with the Olympic and World Cup Sevens cycles.
The tender comes just months after the France’s staging of the 2014 World Cup, which ran from August 1-17 and saw England defeat Canada 21-9 in the final at the Stade Jean-Bouin in Paris.
World Rugby said the tournament is moving to 2017 to “maximise synergy” with the Olympic and World Cup Sevens cycles, allowing the world’s best female players to compete on rugby’s biggest stages. The event will return to its traditional four-year cycle after 2017.
Head of Rugby World Cup Alan Gilpin said: “This year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup in France was a watershed moment for the women’s game. With record crowds, record TV audiences and the fantastic rugby on display, it really raised the bar for the sport.
“We’ve already had interest from a number of unions in hosting 2017, and judging from the media interest and crowd participation this year, I really believe it will be another fantastic event, wherever it takes place.”
The tender process is now open for interested unions to apply, and the World Rugby Council will make a decision on the host at a scheduled meeting in May 2015.