The inaugural Women’s Championship will be hosted by the Fiji Rugby Union in Suva at ANZ Stadium on the 5 November.
This year’s Championship will be contested between host union Fiji and Papua New Guinea. The aim is to stage the tournament on a two-year basis, with the intention to incorporate NZ, Australia and other Oceania teams in 2018.
PNG are expected to draw on eligible players from Australia to bolster their quest to participate in the Women’s RWC in Dublin next year. However, Fiji will be difficult to beat at home following the noticeable development of women’s rugby in Fiji, highlighted by the growing stature of the Fijiana sevens team that included involvement in the recent Rio 2016 Olympic Games Sevens tournament.
The Winner in Suva in November, will advance to the final RWC Asia/Oceania Qualifier event in December in Hong Kong. This tournament will feature two Asian qualifiers and one Oceania qualifier.