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On August 9, the Women’s Rugby World Cup will kick off in Dublin and Tuesday, 2oth June marked 50 days until the event kick-starts.

Dubbed the largest women’s international sport event holding this year in Ireland, this world cup event will take place in Dublin and Belfast.

To compete in this event are 12 teams shared into three pools of four teams each in the group phases. Progressing into the semi-finals would be the winner of each pool, alongside the best second placed team.

The campus of the University College Dublin is where the pool stages will take place, while the knockout rounds will move north to Belfast.

This round will take place in Belfast’s 18,000 capacityKingspan Stadium, which also serves as home to Ulster Rugby and Queens’ University campus.

The first of this world cup event games will see the current reigning World champions, England go head on with Spain on August 9 in Dublin.

That same evening, the world cup hosts, Ireland will start off their campaign as they go on all out in the evening of the same day against Australia.

There are high hopes for the Red Roses who won the Six Nations with a Grand Slam, as well as the International Women’s Rugby Series, emerging victors after beating New Zealand’s Black Ferns last Saturday.

The recently concluded series in Rotorua also saw them coming off victors against Australia and Canada, before Maori All Blacks were taken on by British and Irish Lions.

Due to this win which coincidentally was their first away win over the Kiwis in the past 16 years, both sides traded places in the World Rugby Rankings, with England sitting atop the rankings, and New Zealand following closely behind at second position.