Ireland to host Women's Rugby World Cup in 2017

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Ireland will host the Women's Rugby World Cup in 2017

The great news was announced by the IRFU on Twitter this afternoon

The event, which will be held in August 2017, is a great boost to the game here.

World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “The awarding of Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 to Ireland is great news for teams and fans as the sport continues to reach out and inspire new participants in our great game.

"I am sure that Dublin and Belfast will prove to be popular destinations.”

Dublin Chamber of Commerce CEO, Gina Quin: "While it is too early to say how much hosting the tournament will be worth to the local economy, the 2017 matches will provide Dublin and Ireland with a great opportunity to showcase what we have to the world. Dublin has considerable experience of hosting major international rugby matches. World-class facilities combined with a devoted rugby fan-base, mean that Ireland is perfectly positioned to deliver the best Women’s Rugby World Cup to date."

And, all going well, if we can pull off the 2017 event without a hitch, it should boost our hopes of hosting the men's version in 2023.