- Paris to host seventh Women’s Rugby World Cup
- Captain Katy McLean relishing the opportunity to go one better
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The International Rugby Board has announced that France will host the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2014. The showcase international tournament for women’s rugby will be staged in Paris and will build on the record-breaking 2010 tournament in England.
The IRB Council selected the Fédération Française de Rugby (FFR) as the host union following a recommendation from the Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) Board to approve a tender that clearly demonstrated a commitment to delivering a world class environment for teams and fans and a platform to grow women’s rugby in France and throughout the world.
England captain Katy McLean, whose side finished second in the 2010 tournament after a narrow defeat to New Zealand, welcomed the decision.
The Darlington Mowden Park Sharks No.10 said: "I think that this is a very exciting opportunity for France and European rugby as a whole and a great opportunity to build on the success on the 2010 World Cup that was staged here in England.
"France are an extremely competitive nation and I have always had great experiences when playing in France. They always manage to get great crowds at their international games, which creates a wonderful atmosphere and I’m sure that this won’t be any different in 2014.
"The world cup in 2010 was a major success for the women's game, helping to raise the profile of the game to new levels. As a player it was a great event and an amazing experience. It certainly set the standard for future events and really I just can’t wait for it all to begin again.
"I hope that in three years time I will still be captaining England - there is no greater honour than captaining your country at a world cup. And of course after finishing second at the last two world cups we want to go one better.
"Any team entering a world cup wants to win and we are no different. We need to keep building on our performances and ensure that we are fully prepared. It’s a long time off yet and we have other important challenges ahead first but at the end of the day we are all looking towards 2014."
Details regarding the global qualification process for Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 will be announced later this year with qualifying expected to kick-off in 2012.