The IRFU has announced that is has submitted a bid to host the Women's Rugby World Cup in August 2017 at locations in Dublin and Belfast.

Irish Rugby intends to host the tournament pool stages at University College Dublin before moving to Belfast for semi-finals and finals at Queen's University Sport and the newly developed Kingspan Stadium.

Announcing the bid,  Philip Browne, IRFU chief executive said:
"Interest and participation in women's rugby continues to grow and building on this momentum we believe Ireland can deliver the best Women's Rugby World Cup to-date.

"We hope that the growing interest in women's rugby in Ireland, world leading facilities at UCD, Queens University Sport, Kingspan Stadium and our internationally recognised reputation for being one of the world's most welcoming nations will make an Irish bid the standout submission for the 2017 tournament."

IRFU Women's Rugby Ambassador, and former captain, Fiona Coghlan said: "I am delighted to be part of this ambitious bid to bring one of the world's premier women's sporting events to Ireland. 

"The development and profile of women's sport has been fantastic in recent years and it will be a great opportunity for Ireland to showcase sport and to get more women and girls to consider taking up a team sport.
 
"Having captained Ireland at the recent Women's Rugby World Cup in France I hope that I can help Irish Rugby to develop a Rugby World Cup that tops everything that went before and I know that the Irish people, Irish business and the Irish media will all come together to deliver a tournament to remember.”

Coghlan's side finished fourth in the 2014 tournament, recording a famous victory over New Zealand in the group stages before losing out at the semi-final stage to eventual winners England.