England expect to break Women’s Rugby World Cup records in 2025

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England expect to break all tournament records when hosting the Women's Rugby World Cup in 2025.

World Rugby and the RFU have confirmed eight host cities for the biggest-ever women's World Cup. Twickenham will act as the centrepiece of a tournament comprising of 16 teams and running from August 22 to September 27, 2025.

New Zealand broke all tournament records with more than 150,000 fans attending the 2021 competition, that was staged in 2022 due to the pandemic. England and New Zealand returned an average 1.8million viewers for the final, with more than 156m video views on social media.

England now expect to break all those markers again, in two years' time.

"Following the record-breaking success of Rugby World Cup 2021 in New Zealand, women's rugby has built an incredibly strong foundation and as one of the fastest growing sports in the world, Rugby World Cup 2025 is set to take the game to the next level as the biggest celebration of women's rugby with fans and players very much at its heart," said World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont.

"We look forward to continuing to collaborate with all our partners as we strive to deliver a world-class and historic event that will leave a lasting legacy, both in England and around the world as we aim to inspire millions of new players and fans and continue to grow the game we love."

Along with Twickenham, Brighton's Amex Stadium, Bristol's Ashton Gate, Exeter's Sandy Park, the Salford Community Stadium, Northampton's Franklin's Gardens, Sunderland's Stadium of Light and the York Community Stadium will all also stage World Cup matches.