Who’s In and Who’s Out: A Guide to Qualification for the WXV Women’s Rugby Competition

The WXV (Women’s XVs) competition is a new annual international women’s rugby event featuring 18 qualified teams divided into three tiers. The top tier, WXV 1, comprises teams from the Women’s Six Nations and World Rugby Pacific Four Series, all of whom have earned their spots through their performances in these prestigious tournaments.

Canada, England, France, and New Zealand have already secured their spots for Rugby World Cup 2025 after their impressive performances in RWC 2021. The remaining positions will be determined through World Rugby’s groundbreaking women’s international 15s tournament, WXV.

Exciting matches of WXV 1 will be played at various venues in New Zealand:

  • Sky Stadium in Wellington will host matches on October 20 and 21.
  • Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin will host matches on October 27 and 28.
  • Go Media Stadium in Mt Smart, Auckland will host matches on November 3 and 4.

WXV 2 and WXV 3 will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, and Dubai, UAE, respectively, with matches scheduled for October 14, 21, and 28. Teams in these tiers secured their qualifications through a rigorous selection process that considered their performance in regional competitions and rankings.

However, concerns have been raised regarding the choice of Dubai as a venue for a women’s rugby event, considering the city’s known lack of support for LGBTQ+ individuals. Prioritizing inclusivity and equality in sports is crucial, and future considerations should ensure that venues align with these values, creating a safe and welcoming environment for all participants.

Stay updated with all the matches on our Fixtures & Results page as we cheer on the teams competing in this exhilarating inaugural edition of WXV.

Who has Qualified for WXV?

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