2017 Women's Rugby World Cup

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This article is about the rugby union competition, for the rugby league competition see the 2017 Women's Rugby League World Cup.

2017 Women's Rugby World Cup
2017 Rugby World Cup Womens logo.png
Tournament details
Host nations
 Ireland
Dates 9 August 2017 – 26 August 2017
No. of nations 12
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 played 30
Attendance 45,412 (1,514 per match)
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.

Bidding process[edit]

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]

Qualifying[edit]

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 teams[edit]

Americas Europe Oceania Asia

Match officials[edit]

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

Squads[edit]

Pool stage[edit]

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 A[edit]

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 B[edit]

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 C[edit]

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]

Finals[edit]

Knockout Rankings[edit]

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 breakers[edit]

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

Rankings 9 to 12 Play-offs[edit]

9th v 12th and 10th v 11th

22 August 2017
12:00
Italy  22–0  Japan
Report[32]
22 August 2017
14:30
Spain  31–7  Hong Kong
Report[33]

11th & 12th Playoff

26 August 2017
12:00
Japan  44–5  Hong Kong
Report[34]

9th & 10th Playoff

26 August 2017
14:30
Italy  20–15  Spain
Report[35]

Rankings 5 to 8 Play-offs[edit]

22 August 2017
14:00
Ireland  24–36  Australia
Report[36]
22 August 2017
17:00
Canada  52–0  Wales
Report[37]

7th & 8th Playoff

26 August 2017
14:00
Ireland  17–27  Wales
Report[38]

5th & 6th Playoff

26 August 2017
14:30
Australia  12–43  Canada
Report[39]

Finals[edit]

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

Semi-Finals[edit]

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

Third and Fourth Place Playoff[edit]

26 August 2017
16:00 GMT (UTC+00)
France  31–23  United States
Report[42]

Final[edit]

26 August 2017
18:45 GMT (UTC+00)
England  32–41  New Zealand
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'
Kingspan Stadium, Belfast
Attendance: 17,115
Referee: Joy Neville

Final classification[edit]

Nation
Gold medal icon.svg  New Zealand
Silver medal icon.svg  England
Bronze medal icon.svg  France
4  United States
5  Canada
6  Australia
7  Wales
8  Ireland
9  Italy
10  Spain
11  Japan
12  Hong Kong

Broadcasting[edit]

See also[edit]

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