Women's World Cup
Women's Rugby is very popular in many of the rugby playing countries around the world. The first Women's Rugby World Cup was held in 1991, and it has been held every four years since.
The tournaments in 1991 and 1994 were not officially sanctioned by the IRB - it was not until the 1998 tournament that it received official IRB backing. After being runner's up for three years running, England triumphed in 2014 for their second Championships.
New Zealand won the 2017 World Cup, their 5th title. The next tournament was planned to be held in 2021 in New Zealand, the first time the event as ever been held in the southern hemisphere. The event was postponed until 2022 due to the ongoing pandemic.
The format of the world cup is changing for the 2022 World Cup, with classification matches being replaced with quarter finals.