Sunderland’s Stadium of Light will host the opening sport of the 2025 Women’s Rugby World Cup.
England’s Red Roses will kick off their house match on Friday 22 August, with 15 different groups competing at an expanded tenth version of the ladies’s competitors.
Seating practically 50,000 spectators, the house of Championship soccer membership Sunderland is one in all eight host venues unfold throughout England.
Twickenham will host the ultimate, with World Rugby and the Rugby Football Union (RFU) hopeful of a sold-out 82,000 crowd.
England had been defeated by New Zealand’s Black Ferns within the Eden Park closing of the 2021 World Cup, which was performed in 2022 because of the Covid pandemic.
“Women’s Rugby World Cup England 2025 will be a generational moment for rugby,” mentioned Bill Beaumont, World Rugby’s chairman. “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 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.”
Exeter, Northampton, Brighton, Bristol, Salford and York can even host video games in the course of the match, which is able to conclude on 27 September.
That closing defeat to New Zealand final yr is England’s solely loss since 2019, with the Red Roses just lately securing triumph within the inaugural version of WXV1 by beating the Black Ferns in Auckland.
England’s Six Nations win over France at Twickenham in April broke the report for the best-attended girls’s rugby sport in historical past, with 58,498 watching on because the Red Roses secured one other grand slam.
“The Red Roses opening game of the tournament at the Stadium of Light will be an amazing experience for the players and fans,” mentioned Sarah Hunter, the previous England captain who’s now a part of John Mitchell’s teaching employees.
“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.”