The pool stages of the tournament will take place at Billings park in University College Dublin, before switching to Queens University Belfast and the Kingspan stadium for the playoffs.

The 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup kicks off today in Dublin.

The tournament is the eighth Women’s Rugby World Cup and the first time Ireland has ever hosted it.
 
The opening game will see reigning world champions England take on Spain.
 
The Irish squad head into this campaign looking to improve on the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup where they finished in fourth place.
 
Speaking at the launch last week, Ireland captain Claire Molloy said the team was “raring to go, we just want to play our first game.”
 
It has been a long time coming, you prepare for a World Cup basically for three years and you are waiting for this one game to play so it is kind of electric.”
 
Here’s everything you need to now about this year’s tournament.
 
When and where will it take place?
Running from August 9th-26th the opening game will see current cup holders England take on spain at the UDC bowl at 2pm. Later in the day (7pm) Ireland will take on Australia at the same location. The pool stages tournament will take place at Billings park in University College Dublin, before switching to Queens University Belfast and the Kingspan stadium for the playoffs. On Saturday August 26th, the team that reach the final will play at the Kingspan stadium with the match kicking fat 7.45pm.
 
Will the games be on TV?
Eir Sport and ITV will broadcast, however, RTE secured the rights to every one of the games including the final on TV, radio and online.
 
Where can I buy tickets?
The tournament offers the largest number of tickets ever, with more than 55,000 tickets available across the pool’s and finals. 16,000 tickets for the pool stages are sold out. About 10,000 tickets have been sold for the semi-finals and organisers have said they expect it to be a sell out at the Kingspan stadium which holds just over 18,000 for the final on august 26th. Tickets are available from ticletmaster.ie.
 
Who are the favourites?
Current champions England who have had an excellent season, winning this year’s Six Nations with a Grand Slam and taking the world No 1 spot from New Zealand.
 
Ireland’s Fixtures
Wednesday, August 9th: Ireland v Australia, Belfield Bowl - 7pm
 
Sunday, August 13th: Ireland v Japan, Belfield Bowl - 5.15pm
 
Thursday, August 17th: Ireland v France, Belfield Bowl - 7.45pm
 
Tuesday, August 22nd: Semi-finals and playoffs, QUB and Kingspan stadium
 
Sunday, August 26th: Finals and playoffs, QUB and Kingspan stadium.