The Turnbull Government is providing $500,000 for the historic Women’s Rugby League World Cup 2017 tournament to be held in November this year in Sydney and Brisbane.
For the first time in the sport’s history, the Women’s Rugby League World Cup will be held in conjunction with the men’s Rugby League World Cup, which will be Australia’s largest international sporting event this year.
Women’s sport is going from strength to strength right across Australia and across all sporting codes.
I know rugby league fans will ensure the momentum continues by supporting what is already shaping up to be a sensational and historic event.
Today’s announcement coincides with the Jillaroos getting ready to take on the Kiwi Ferns in the ANZAC Test double header in Canberra tonight.
The Turnbull Government is committed to helping more Australians participate in sport and physical activity, particularly for women through initiatives such as the successful ‘Girls Make Your Move’ campaign.
Regular physical activity reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, osteoporosis, colon cancer and obesity.
The Turnbull Government’s support for the Women’s Rugby League World Cup is a further demonstration of our commitment to encouraging Australians to get active.
The women’s pool matches and semi-finals will be played at Southern Cross Group Stadium (‘Shark Park’), Cronulla, Sydney, from 16–26 November 2017. The women’s and men’s tournament will be run concurrently and the finals will be played as a double-header in Brisbane.
The men’s tournament will be co-hosted by Australia, New Zealand (NZ) and Papua New Guinea (PNG) from 27 October to 2 December, with 18 matches held across Australia, seven in NZ and three in PNG.
Mr Andrew Hill, RLWC 2017 CEO, said: “The support of the Australian Government for the Women’s Rugby League World Cup will further enhance the tournament and reflects the continued growth of women’s rugby league in Australia and around the world.