Women's Rugby League World Cup
|Women's World Cup|
|Sport||Rugby league football|
|Number of teams||8|
|Holders||New Zealand (2008)|
|Most titles||New Zealand (3 titles)|
The Women's Rugby League World Cup is an international tournament for women to determine the best Rugby League playing nation in the world. It was first held in 2000 in Great Britain coinciding with the men's Rugby League World Cup, and will next be contested in Australia in 2008 as part of the Festival of World Cups.
In the 2005 World Cup tournament in New Zealand, teams from Australia, Great Britain, Tokelau, Tonga, Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa, New Zealand Maori and New Zealand competed for the title which was eventually taken out by the New Zealand Kiwi Ferns. New Zealand went through the tournament unbeaten with only four points against.
In the 2008 World Cup tournament, in Australia, teams from, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Samoa, Tonga, Pacific Islands, France and Russia participate in the tournament. At the completion of the 2008 World Cup the next official tournament will be held in 2013 and then held every four years after.
New Zealand won the 2008 World Cup defeating Australia 34 - nil at Suncorp Stadium Brisbane.
New Zealand are currently the only team to have won the Women's Rugby League World Cup, winning the 2000, 2005 and 2008 competitions.
Women's Rugby League had been played in both Oceania and the United Kingdom for several years but it was not until 1985 in Britain and 1993 in Australia and New Zealand where female only organizations and governing bodies were established and while the Rugby Football League recognized the British women in 1985 it took another five years for the Australian Rugby League to officially recognize the Australian Women's rugby league. New Zealand Women's Rugby League were officially recognized by the governing body New Zealand Rugby League Inc in 1995. This is partially the reason for no Women's World Cup being held until the year 2000 when these organizations collectively came together to organize it.
|2005||New Zealand||New Zealand|
|2000||Great Britain||New Zealand|