Opening And Closing Venues – Women’s Rugby World Cup England 2025
The opening and closing venues for the Women’s Rugby World Cup England 2025 have been confirmed by the tournament’s organisers, with Sunderland’s Stadium of Light opening the tournament and Twickenham in London as the setting for the final of RWC 2025.
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said, “Women’s Rugby World Cup England 2025 will be a generational moment for rugby. The biggest, most accessible and most widely viewed, its unstoppable momentum will reach, engage and inspire new audiences in ways that rugby events have not done before.”
The 10th edition of the women’s tournament has been expanded to 16 teams, and we are hopeful there will be at least two Asian teams participating.
In total, there will be eight venues used around the country and the intention is to make the countrywide format the most accessible Women’s Rugby World Cup ever.
RFU Executive Director of Rugby Development and Rugby World Cup 2025 Board Member, Steve Grainger said the ambition is to have 100,000 female players by 2027 and that a transformational legacy programme has been created with key stakeholders.
Annie Panter, Lindsay Pattison and Sean Summers were appointed to the Local Operating Company (LOC) Board in November 2023.
Sunderland To Open RWC 2025
The stadium in the northeast of England has a capacity of 49,000 and the home nation’s Red Roses will open the tournament on the evening of Friday, 22 August 2025 against a to-be-confirmed opponent.
Red Roses’ transition coach and the world’s most-capped women’s player, Sarah Hunter said: “It’s been a real privilege to be part of today’s announcement of the opening and closing venues of Rugby World Cup 2025 and to meet so many talented rugby players from the North East.
The Red Roses opening game of the tournament at the Stadium of Light will be an amazing experience for the players and fans and having witnessed the electric atmosphere of almost sixty thousand watching the Red Roses at Twickenham earlier this year, I’ve every confidence it will sell out for the final.”
Beaumont added, “The selection of Sunderland for the opening match underscores that mission. We want this to be a sports event that everyone is talking about, that everyone wants to be a part of and one that inspires young people to be a part of.”
Twickenham Hosts RWC 2025 Final
Managing Director, Women’s Rugby World Cup 2025, Sarah Massey added, “We’ve been working in collaboration with our cities and venues teams to engage with the local communities and maximise opportunities to give them an unforgettable and inclusive fan experience.
This is the era of women’s sport and women’s rugby will make its biggest, boldest statement in 2025. With tickets going on sale next year, our message to rugby, sport and major event fans is to mark your diaries now for the event of 2025. It will be massive.”
The “home of rugby’ for English fans can accommodate 58,498 fans and Twickenham will host the Women’s Rugby World Cup England 2025 final on Saturday, 27 September 2025.
The organisers said this is a “symbolic and fitting finale to a tournament that aims to capture hearts and headlines around the world, galvanising the next generation of fans, players and partners around one of sport’s most exciting spectacles.”
Who Has Qualified – Women’s Rugby World Cup 2025
Thus far, Canada, England, France and New Zealand have already qualified for the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2025 after finishing in the top four at RWC 2021.
Women’s Rugby World Cup England 2025 News
- Rugby World Cup England 2025 Host Cities Confirmed.
- New Women’s Rugby World Cup 2025 Branding
- Gallagher Announced As Official Partner of Women’s Rugby, WXV and RWC 2025.
- World Rugby Appoint Independant Board Chairperson for RWC 2025.