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For the first time in rugby league history, the Women’s Rugby League World Cup will be held concurrently with the men’s tournament in 2017. 

Women’s Rugby League World Cup 2017 pool matches and semi-finals will be played at Southern Cross Group Stadium, home of the Sharks, from 16 November next year, with both the women’s and men’s finals played as a double-header at Brisbane Stadium on 2 December 2017.

RLWC2017 Chief Executive Officer Andrew Hill said today that this historic announcement for international rugby league provides the women’s game with the perfect platform to demonstrate their world-class prowess.

It’s only fitting that these gifted athletes get the opportunity to showcase their skills on a global stage and we see next year’s Women’s Rugby League World Cup as a game changer for the sport," Mr Hill said.

“Female participation in all forms of rugby league is the fastest growing category in the game and women’s international rugby league has made great strides forward in recent years.

“To have both the women’s and men’s finals played on the same day, at the same venue will conclude what will be the greatest ever Rugby League World Cup."

In 2017, the standalone Women’s Rugby League World Cup will involve six teams from three different continents: Europe (England), North America (Canada) and Oceania (Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea).

The final team will come from either Fiji, Tonga, Samoa or the Cook Islands following the Pacific Qualifying Series to be played at St Mary’s in Western Sydney during October 2016.

The draw for the Women’s Rugby League World Cup 2017 will be announced following the Pacific qualifying series.


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