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Women's Rugby World Cup 2017

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Ireland have never won the Women's Rugby World Cup... yet!

This August, for the first time ever, Ireland will play host to the tournament, giving the Irish team a chance to shine on their home stage. With training in full swing, the excitement and anticipation for this world class competition is already building.

Make the most of your time in Dublin this summer and don't drop your goal of having fun. Gain the advantage with our guide to Dublin's food scene, night-life, and things to do.

See it live

If you’re in Dublin to cheer on your country in the Women's Rugby World Cup, then we have all the information you need to find your way out to the stadia at University College Dublin (UCD), ticketing information and the match schedule. The pool games are being held in two venues at UCD on 9th, 13th and 17th August,  with the opening game seeing current champions England play Spain. 

Four-time winners New Zealand kick their tournament off with what's sure to be an exciting match against the ladies from Wales, then hosts Ireland take on Australia for their Pool C opener that same evening — ensuring a feast of rugby for the discerning fan. 

The closest the Irish team have come to taking the title so far was at the last tournament in 2014, when they placed fourth. This time they're on home ground and determined to win. 

Soak up the excitement of the Pool matches in UCD with tickets starting from €10 (adult) and €5 (child) allowing you to experience a day of world-class women's rugby. Family tickets are also available, making this the perfect day out for the sporting family. Enjoy the atmosphere, cheer until your throat is sore and go home knowing you supported your team at the highest level. 

Dublin Rugby Pub The Bath in Ballsbridge and The Butcher Grill for match day meals in Ranelagh

Eat and drink

To get you in the mood for the tournament, go check out the home of Irish Rugby, the Aviva Stadium. Take a tour and imagine the roaring crowds on match day as the electric tension fills the air. Keep the rugby theme going by visiting some restaurants and bars associated with the game in the city. 

The Bridge 1859 in Ballsbridge is a great place to get a pint and some good food near both the Aviva and the RDS. Try their fresh unpasteurised tank beer, which has a shelf-life of just three weeks from leaving the brewery, meaning you’re guaranteed a pint that’s fresher than fresh. What’s more, the pub boasts serious rugby pedigree thanks to its owners; Sean O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip and brothers Rob and Dave Kearney. It gets pretty busy, especially on Fridays, but keep your eyes peeled and you might be lucky enough to get a pint served by one of the lads!
Also close to the Aviva Stadium is The Bath (co-owned by retired international Brian O’Malley, who also owns Sam’s Bar on Dawson Street), a friendly rugby fan haunt that regularly welcomes a scrum of punters when it’s game time. 
Closer to the city centre, you’ll find South William Street’s Bear; a meat lover’s paradise co-owned by Ireland international No.8 Jamie Heaslip. Serving more unusual cuts of meat – like onglet, Pope's eye, rosary cut, bavette, London broil and flank, alongside traditional steaks – many dishes are slow-cooked or made to share. Bring a big appetite.  
Meanwhile, the Kearney brothers have been known to pop along for brunch in The Butcher Grill in Ranelagh, a short Luas ride from St Stephen’s Green. Again, this is definitely favoured by carnivores, although there are seafood options on the menu too. The restaurant’s speciality is beef, and its wood-smoked grill does its meat justice. Popular cocktails include a Bourbon Old Fashioned with candied bacon and the Grilled Cosmopolitan. Yes, even the cocktails are grilled. 
For one of the best Sunday roasts in the city, try the Exchequer Bar on Exchequer Street. So well-loved are these roasts that booking in advance is necessary. It’s a straight-forward affair but a well-executed one; roast chicken or beef, or rack of pork with stuffing, veg, mashed potato and gravy. Retired Ireland international Gordon D’Arcy is involved in the bar, alongside his childhood friends.

Kayaking on the River Liffey outdoor attractions

Get match fit

Why not let the Women's World Cup inspire you to up your fitness levels, and take a leaf out of their books by getting out and playing some ball. Take to one of Dublin's many parks for a jog or join one of the many Parkrun events organised around the city this summer. 

Get on your bike and explore the city or the Phoenix Park, taking in the views while getting fit. Hit the streets of Dublin for a walking tour or head for the hills of Howth on a hike. Treking in the Mountains above the city is another way to get out and get active this summer.  Or take it at a more leisurely pace and stretch your muscles while saluting the sun doing Yoga in the Park. 
If you’ve got a gang travelling for a game, plan some adventures in Dublin. Make a splash wakeboarding at Grand Canal Dock or see Dublin from a completely different angle by kayaking on the Liffey River. If you want a break from the city, take a quick trip on the DART to see what adventure lies in Dublin Bay or you can always climb higher than O’Connell in a line out and head to the Dublin Mountains for a Zipit Forest Adventure. It’s almost as intense as facing down the Irish team on the pitch. Almost…
Main image via Irish Independent
The Butcher Grill image via The Butcher Grill
The Bath image via Publin