With exactly a year to go until the final of Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 takes place in Ireland, tickets for the semi-finals and finals days have gone on sale.
Kingspan Stadium in Belfast will be the venue for the final on 26 August, 2017 and semi-finals day on 22 August with hosts Ireland guaranteed to play on both days.
Ireland captain Niamh Briggs, fly-half Nora Stapleton, Ulster player Maeve Liston and Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 ambassador Fiona Coghlan launched the finals and semi-finals day tickets which are on sale now via ticketmaster.ie and ticketmaster.co.uk.
Finals day will feature three games, including the final, third-place play-off and one ranking game, with starting from just £10 for children, £15 for adults and £45 for families (two adults and two children). Semi-finals day will also consist of three games with tickets priced from £7 for children, £12 for adults and £36 for families.
Tickets for the pool stage, which will take place at University College, Dublin, from 9 August, will go on sale in early 2017.
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “In recent years, we have seen Women’s Rugby World Cup go from strength to strength and it is now one of the most anticipated and popular international rugby tournaments in the world. In 2014, the tournament broke all kinds of attendance, viewership and social media engagement records and we expect next year’s event in Ireland to continue that upward trend.
“Women’s rugby is one of the fastest growing team sports in the world and the way this tournament has grown is inspiring a new generation of girls to pick up a rugby ball and run with it. And with the success of the women’s rugby sevens event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, it is an exciting time to be involved in the women’s game generally. I’d like to thank the IRFU for embracing this opportunity to stage the Women’s Rugby World Cup and I am sure it will be another great success for global rugby.”
Briggs said: “It is hard to believe that it is just one year to the final of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in the magnificent Kingspan Stadium. We have a huge year ahead of us to build our game, starting with the November internationals in UCD and followed by the Six Nations. We will be looking to continue building from there so that we are peaking for the World Cup. I am delighted that we will play in the Kingspan on both the semi-finals and finals day and I’m sure that supporters will have two great days out.”
Coghlan said: “The momentum is really starting to build now, and with the logo launched and the finals tickets now on sale I am calling on Irish people to ‘#BringIt’ for Ireland’s Women’s Rugby World Cup.
“It is fantastic that due to the structure of the tournament Ireland are guaranteed to play in front of home supporters on both the semi-finals and finals day in Kingspan Stadium. With two fantastic days of rugby, fun and celebration guaranteed, I urge all Irish rugby fans to snap up these really well-priced tickets quickly.”