(Reuters) – England will bid to host the women’s rugby World Cup in 2025, the country’s Rugby Football Union (RFU) said on Friday.
They finished runners-up at the last edition in 2017 after losing to New Zealand, who are five-times winners.
England hosted the women’s World Cup in 2010, with games played at the University of Surrey and Twickenham Stoop, but RFU chief operations and finance officer Sue Day said matches will be held at the Twickenham Stadium in 2025, if they win hosting rights.
“As we have seen from other home World cups in cricket, hockey and netball, a RWC would further advance all women’s sport and nothing would beat watching the Red Roses compete in front of a full capacity crowd at Twickenham Stadium,” said Day.
The next edition of the women’s World Cup is scheduled to be held in New Zealand next year after the 12-team tournament was postponed for a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
RFU chairman Tom Ilube told British media last month that England is also keen on hosting the men’s 2031 World Cup.
(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)