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Key milestone revealed on road to the 2017 World Cup

By Jonathan Bradley

The IRFU yesterday unveiled the tournament identity for the Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 which will be held in Belfast and Dublin in August of next year.

The tournament will begin in UCD before the moving north with the last four to be held at Queen's University and the final taking place at Kingspan Stadium.

Organisers are expecting a hugely successful tournament that will capitalise on the efforts of the women's side at the last tournament who reached the semi-finals in France two summers ago.

IRFU chief executive Philip Browne said: "The IRFU has been working closely with World Rugby to ensure all the necessary elements are in place for the hosting of a successful tournament.

"The tournament identity is the first significant marker in the promotion of Women's Rugby World Cup Ireland 2017 and it is the starting point for a conversation with all sports fans in the country as we embark on a journey which culminates in a World Cup final at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast in August 2017."

The chief executive of Tourism Northern Ireland anticipates that local crowds will again flock to support another big sporting event.

John McGrillen said: "Tourism NI is thrilled to be working in partnership across Northern Ireland and the Republic to deliver the Women's Rugby World Cup 2017. Northern Ireland is fast gaining a reputation as another home of great sporting events and we will be encouraging fans from across Ireland and the world to make the trip to Belfast.

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