Underscoring its dedication to extend competitors, business and fan engagement alternatives whereas elevating competitiveness of the ladies’s recreation on the highway to an expanded 16-team Rugby World Cup 2025, World Rugby has launched WXV, a three-tiered annual competitors mannequin that can begin in 2023.
Supported by an preliminary £6.4 million World Rugby funding, the three WXV competitions will characteristic 16 groups and can be hosted inside a brand new September-October world competitors window, besides in a Rugby World Cup 12 months.
Groups will qualify yearly into the WXV competitions courtesy of their ending positions inside the respective current annual regional competitions, such because the Ladies’s Six Nations. These regional competitions, performed inside a brand new regional window, should be accomplished by June every year.
To assist the implementation of the WXV competitions, a brand new annual cross-region competitors can be established which is able to act as one of many precept qualification routes for the highest tier of WXV. This may characteristic Australia, Canada, New Zealand and USA. This represents an enormous step ahead, offering an everyday annual worldwide competitors for these groups, the place beforehand there was none.
“For the primary time in rugby’s historical past, a brand new, revolutionary ladies’s 15s calendar”
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The way it will work
WXV 1 will include six groups and be performed in a cross-pool format, at a standalone event in a single location, which can be decided on a year-by-year foundation.
Taking part groups will embody the highest three groups from the Ladies’s Six Nations (Europe) and the highest three groups of the cross-regional event that includes Australia, Canada, New Zealand and USA (Oceania/Rugby Americas North (RAN)). Every staff will play three matches.
There can be no promotion or relegation within the first cycle (2023 and 2024) of WXV 1.
The WXV 2 competitors will include six groups, enjoying in a cross-pool format, as a standalone event in a single location, which can be decided on a year-by-year foundation.
Taking part groups for 2023 will embody two groups from Europe, the fourth-placed staff from the cross-regional event that includes Australia, Canada, New Zealand and USA (Oceania/RAN) alongside one staff from Oceania, Asia and Africa.
The sixth-placed regional place within the WXV 2 competitors on the finish of every season can be relegated to WXV 3.
WXV 3 can be hosted in a single venue as a round-robin format and can consist of 4 groups with the winner and rankings decided by a factors desk. Taking part groups will embody two groups from Europe, one staff from Asia and the winner of an Africa v South America play-off.
The highest ranked regional place within the WXV 3 competitors can be promoted to the WXV 2 competitors on the finish of every season.
A play-off between the fourth-ranked staff and subsequent finest ranked staff from the World Rugby Ladies’s Rankings will decide regional place for the following 12 months.