World Rugby confirmed that as of the 2025 edition, the Women’s World Cup will increase its number of teams and will go from having 12 to 16 selected. This decision corresponding to the strategic plan to transform women’s rugby in the process between 2017 and 2025.
As reported by World Rugby, the process for selecting the hosts for the World Cup will begin in February 2021 and will conclude in May 2022, with a vote of the World Rugby Council.
Bill beaumont, President of World Rugby, referred to the decision to expand the teams by 2025: “Women’s rugby is the greatest opportunity to grow the sport worldwidel. In 2017, we established an ambitious eight-year plan to accelerate the development of women in rugby, with a pillar focused on high-performance competition and the ambition to improve and expand the number of teams competing in summit events, “he said. .
At the same time, Beaumont added: “This is a historic moment for women’s rugby, the expansion of the Rugby World Cup opens up additional inspirational and aspirational play opportunities for unions at the highest level of the game and creates an additional incentive for unions around the world to continue to invest and grow in their programs. ” I point out.