SYDNEY TO HOST HISTORIC WOMEN’S GAMES FOR 2017 RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP
In a historic first, the 2017 Women’s Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) will be held concurrently with the men’s tournament, with pool matches and semi-finals to be played at Southern Cross Group Stadium in Cronulla.
NSW Minister for sport Stuart Ayres, joined RLWC 2017 Chief Executive Officer Andrew Hill in Sydney to announce the six-team tournament, which will involve three triple headers and a semi-final double header set to be a massive draw card for fans. “This is the first time when Women’s World Cup has been played concurrently with the Men’s Tournament, creating a legacy for the game, and what better location than the home of Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, from 16 November next year,” Mr Ayres said.
“Women’s international rugby league continues to go from strength to strength and Sydney is the perfect location to showcase this international talent on the world stage. “Our female players are bringing global recognition to the sport and Sydney will be the perfect platform for these exciting matches.”
RLWC2017 Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Hill, said this historic announcement for international rugby league provides international teams the opportunity to demonstrate their world-class prowess. “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,” Mr Hill said. Six women’s teams will come from three continents Europe (England), North America (Canada) and Oceania (Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea) with the final team to be confirmed after the Pacific Qualifying Series next month.