World Rugby has announced the launch of WXV, a new global competition for female players that is set to begin in 2023. WXV will be supported by an initial investment of £6.4 million (€7.5m-$8.9m) by World Rugby for the first two years. It will be played annually, except in Rugby World Cup years, within a global competition window between September and October. The tournament will feature 16 teams split into three tiers. Qualification for the tournament will be based on the teams’ finishing positions within the respective existing annual regional competitions, such as the Women’s Six Nations. World Rugby has also said that the new competition will be supported by a dedicated Women in Rugby commercial program, part of the broader Women in Rugby 2017-25 strategic plan.