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2017 Women's Rugby World Cup
2017 Rugby World Cup Womens logo.png
Tournament details
Host nations
 Ireland
Dates9 August 2017 – 26 August 2017
No. of nations12
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg New Zealand
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg England
Third-place Bronze medal blank.svg France
Tournament statistics
Matches played30
Attendance45,412 (1,514 per match)
Top scorer(s)New Zealand Portia Woodman (65)
Most triesNew Zealand Portia Woodman (13)
2014
2021

The 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup was the eighth edition of the Women's Rugby World Cup and was held in Ireland in August 2017. New Zealand became the 2017 champions by beating England 41–32 in the final, held on 26 August. Matches were held in Dublin and Belfast.[1] The pool stages were held at University College Dublin with the semi finals and finals held at Queen's University and Kingspan Stadium in Belfast.[2]

The tournament took place three rather than four years after the previous Women's Rugby World Cup because World Rugby wanted to move away from clashing with other events.[3] The event will return to a four-year cycle after 2017.[4]

The 2017 tournament set attendance records for a Women's World Cup. The tournament drew 45,412 fans over 30 matches. The final was played in front of a crowd of 17,115, and the pool matches sold out.

Contents

Bidding processEdit

On 2 March 2015, it was announced that the Irish Rugby Football Union had submitted a bid to host to Women's Rugby World Cup in August 2017.[5] The Irish bid was the only one made to host the event. On 13 May 2015 it was announced that Ireland would host the event in Dublin and Belfast.[6]

On 4 June 2015 it was announced that Garrett Tubridy had been appointed tournament director for the event.[7]

QualifyingEdit

Ireland, the host nation, had already qualified automatically by finishing in the top seven teams at the 2014 tournament before being announced as hosts. A further six teams (England, Canada, France, New Zealand, USA and Australia) qualified automatically as top seven finishers at the 2014 tournament.[8] Italy and Wales qualified as the top two teams across the 2015 and 2016 Women's Six Nations excluding England, France, and Ireland. The remaining three qualifiers (Hong Kong, Spain and Japan) were determined by the end of 2016.

Qualified teamsEdit

Americas Europe Oceania Asia

Match officialsEdit

At the end of March 2017, World Rugby announced fourteen match officials: nine referees and five assistants.[9]

SquadsEdit

Pool stageEdit

The pool draw took place on 9 November 2016 at Belfast.[10]

Each pool was a single round-robin of six games, in which each team played one match against each of the other teams in the same pool. Teams were awarded four points for a win, two points for a draw, one point for a loss by one to seven points, and none for a defeat by more than seven points. A team scoring four or more tries in one match scored a bonus point.

The tournament comprised 12 teams in three pools of four with the pool winners plus the best runner-up progressing to the semi-finals.[11]

All times are local, Western European Summer Time (UTC+1).[12]

Pool AEdit

Team Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
  New Zealand 3 3 0 0 35 213 17 +196 3 15
  Canada 3 2 0 1 19 118 48 +70 1 9
  Wales 3 1 0 2 9 51 74 −23 1 5
  Hong Kong 3 0 0 3 2 15 258 −243 0 0
Test no. 1206
9 August 2017 14:00
New Zealand   44–12   Wales Billings Park UCD, Dublin
Report[13]
Test no. 1208
9 August 2017 17:15
Canada   98–0   Hong Kong Billings Park UCD, Dublin
Report[14]
Test no. 1211
13 August 2017 12:00
New Zealand   121–0   Hong Kong Billings Park UCD, Dublin
Report[15]
Test no. 1214
13 August 2017 17:00
Canada   15–0   Wales Billings Park UCD, Dublin
Report[16]
Test no. 1217
17 August 2017 12:00
Canada   5–48   New Zealand Billings Park UCD, Dublin
Report[17]
Test no. 1221
17 August 2017 17:15
Wales   39–15   Hong Kong UCD Bowl, Dublin
Report[18]

Pool BEdit

Team Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
  England 3 3 0 0 27 159 44 +115 3 15
  United States 3 2 0 1 15 93 59 +34 3 11
  Spain 3 1 0 2 4 27 107 −80 0 4
  Italy 3 0 0 3 5 33 102 −69 0 0
Test no. 1205
9 August 2017 14:00
England   56–5   Spain UCD Bowl, Dublin
Report[19]
Test no. 1207
9 August 2017 16:30
United States   24–12   Italy UCD Bowl, Dublin
Report[20]
Test no. 1212
13 August 2017 14:30
England   56–13   Italy Billings Park UCD, Dublin
Report[21]
Test no. 1213
13 August 2017 14:45
United States   43–0   Spain UCD Bowl, Dublin
Report[22]
Test no. 1218
17 August 2017 14:30
England   47–26   United States Billings Park UCD, Dublin
Report[23]
Test no. 1219
17 August 2017 14:45
Italy   8–22   Spain UCD Bowl, Dublin
Report[24]

Pool CEdit

Team Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
  France 3 3 0 0 23 141 19 +122 2 14
  Ireland 3 2 0 1 7 48 52 −4 0 8
  Australia 3 1 0 2 8 46 82 −36 2 6
  Japan 3 0 0 3 7 43 125 −82 0 0
Test no. 1209
9 August 2017 19:00
Ireland   19–17   Australia UCD Bowl, Dublin
Report[25]
Test no. 1210
9 August 2017 19:45
France   72–14   Japan Billings Park UCD, Dublin
Report[26]
Test no. 1215
13 August 2017 17:15
Ireland   24–14   Japan UCD Bowl, Dublin
Report[27]
Test no. 1216
13 August 2017 19:45
France   48–0   Australia UCD Bowl, Dublin
Report[28]
Test no. 1220
17 August 2017 17:00
Australia   29–15   Japan Billings Park UCD, Dublin
Report[29]
Test no. 1222
17 August 2017 19:45
France   21–5   Ireland UCD Bowl, Dublin
Report[30]

FinalsEdit

Knockout RankingsEdit

At the completion of the pool stage, teams were ranked first according to their position within their pool (positions 1 to 3 were the pool winners, positions 4 to 6 were the pool runners up, etc.) and then by competition points. The top four teams progressed to the tournament semi-finals, teams ranked 5–8 progressed to the 5th to 8th play-offs, and the teams ranked 9–12 progressed to the 9th to 12th play-offs.[31]

Qualified for semi-finals
Qualified for 5th to 8th playoffs
Qualified for 9th to 12th playoffs
Rank Team Pos Pld W D L PF PA +/− BP Pts
1   New Zealand A1 3 3 0 0 213 17 +196 3 15
2   England B1 3 3 0 0 159 44 +115 3 15
3   France C1 3 3 0 0 141 19 +122 2 14
4   United States B2 3 2 0 1 93 59 +34 3 11
5   Canada A2 3 2 0 1 118 48 +70 1 9
6   Ireland C2 3 2 0 1 48 52 −4 0 8
7   Australia C3 3 1 0 2 46 82 −36 2 6
8   Wales A3 3 1 0 2 51 74 −23 1 5
9   Spain B3 3 1 0 2 27 107 −80 0 4
10   Italy B4 3 0 0 3 28 102 −74 0 0
11   Japan C4 3 0 0 3 43 125 −82 0 0
12   Hong Kong A4 3 0 0 3 15 258 −243 0 0

Tie breakersEdit

If teams were tied on pool points they were ranked by rules applied in the following order –
1. The team that won the match between the two teams was ranked first (does not apply to teams in different pools)
2. If the teams were still level, the difference between points scored and points conceded was used to rank the teams
3. Difference between tries scored and tries conceded was used to rank the teams
4. Most points scored
5. Most tries scored
6. Coin toss

Play-offs: 9th to 12thEdit

Ninth to twelfth semifinals
Test no. 1223
22 August 2017 12:00
Italy   22–0   Japan Queen's University Belfast
Report[32]
Test no. 1225
22 August 2017 14:30
Spain   31–7   Hong Kong Queen's University Belfast
Report[33]
Eleventh place playoff
Test no. 1229
26 August 2017 12:00
Japan   44–5   Hong Kong Queen's University Belfast
Report[34]
Ninth place playoff
Test no. 1231
26 August 2017 14:30
Italy   20–15   Spain Queen's University Belfast
Report[35]

Play-offs 5th to 8thEdit

Fifth to eighth semifinals
Test no. 1224
22 August 2017 14:00
Ireland   24–36   Australia Kingspan Stadium, Belfast
Report[36]
Test no. 1227
22 August 2017 17:00
Canada   52–0   Wales Queen's University Belfast
Report[37]
Seventh place playoff
Test no. 1230
26 August 2017 14:00
Ireland   17–27   Wales Kingspan Stadium, Belfast
Report[38]
Fifth place playoff
Test no. 1232
26 August 2017 14:30
Australia   12–43   Canada Queen's University Belfast
Report[39]

FinalsEdit

The team ranked first after the pool stages played the team ranked fourth and the team ranked second played the team ranked third.

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
22 August 2017
 
 
  New Zealand45
 
26 August 2017
 
  United States12
 
  New Zealand41
 
22 August 2017
 
  England32
 
  England20
 
 
  France 3
 
Third place
 
 
26 August 2017
 
 
  France31
 
 
  United States23

SemifinalsEdit

Test: 1226 22 August 2017 New Zealand   45–12   United States Kingspan Stadium, Belfast  
16:00 GMT (UTC+00) Report[40]
Test: 1228 22 August 2017 England   20–3   France Kingspan Stadium, Belfast  
18:45 GMT (UTC+00) Report[41]

Third place playoffEdit

Test: 1233 26 August 2017 France   31–23   United States Kingspan Stadium, Belfast  
16:00 GMT (UTC+00) Report[42]

FinalEdit

Test: 1234 26 August 2017 England   32–41   New Zealand Kingspan Stadium, Belfast  
18:45 GMT (UTC+00) Try: Penalty Try 25'
Thompson 32', 55'
Noel-Smith 77'
Con: Scarratt 33', 78'
Pen: Scarratt 15', 51'
Report[43] Try: Winiata 8', 69'
Natua 39', 45', 58'
Smith 53'
Cocksedge 63'
Con: Cocksedge 46', 54', 58'
Attendance: 17,115
Referee: Joy Neville

Final classificationEdit

Nation
    New Zealand
    England
    France
4   United States
5   Canada
6   Australia
7   Wales
8   Ireland
9   Italy
10   Spain
11   Japan
12   Hong Kong

BroadcastingEdit

See alsoEdit

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