- Women's Rugby League World Cup
The Women's Rugby League World Cup is an international tournament for women to determine the best
Rugby Leagueplaying nation in the world. It was first held in 2000 in Great Britaincoinciding with the men's Rugby League World Cup, and will next be contested in Australia in 2008, where current champions New Zealand will defend their title.
In the 2005 tournament in
New Zealand, teams from Australia, Great Britain, Tokelau, Tonga, Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa, New Zealand Maoriand New Zealandcompeted for the title which was eventually taken out by the New Zealanders. New Zealand went through the tournament unbeaten with only four points against.
New Zealand are currently the only team to have won the Women's Rugby League World Cup, winning both the 2000 and 2005 competitions.
For the 2008 tournament, a larger number of nations will participate in the tournament. At the completion of the 2008 World Cup the next official tournament will be held in 2013 and then held every four years after.
Women's Rugby League had been played in both
Oceaniaand the United Kingdomfor several years but it was not until 1985 in Britain and 1993 in Australiaand New Zealandwhere female only organizations and governing bodies were established and while the Rugby Football Leaguerecognized the British women in 1985 it took another five years for the Australian Rugby Leagueto officially recognize the Australian Women's rugby league. New Zealand Womens Rugby League were officially recognized by the governing body New Zealand Rugby League Inc in 1995. This is partially the reason for no Women's World Cup being held until the year 2000 when these organizations collectively came together to organize it.
* [http://www.qrl.com.au/display.php?pg_id=2212 Women's World Cup set for 2008]
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