The 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup was the sixth edition of the Women’s Rugby World Cup and was held in England. The International Rugby Board Executive Committee selected the host union following a recommendation from the Rugby World Cup Limited board after considering bids from the Rugby Football Union and the German Rugby Union – it had been England’s third successive bid after being rejected in 2002 and 2006.
The tournament was again being organised by the International Rugby Board (IRB) as opposed to the host union, and included five matches for all teams played on 20, 24, 28 August and 1 and 5 September. In May 2009 it was announced that the semi final, 3rd place play off and final would take place at The Stoop and not Twickenham as had previously been suggested. Pool games were held at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford.
Interest in the tournament was far higher than had been anticipated. It was broadcast to 127 countries and all 2,500 seats at the opening two days of pool games were sold out, as was the third day despite the capacity being raised to 3,200. The semi-finals attracted over 6,000 spectators, while the final drew a crowd of 13,253 – a world record for a women’s rugby international – as well as a worldwide TV audience of (according to IRB figures) half a million.
The competition was won by New Zealand who beat England 13–10 in the final.
Three tries from the tournament were shortlisted for the IRB’s “Try of the Year” award.