Women’s Rugby World Cup 2022: how to watch live stream on TV, Fixtures, squad and preview

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After being postponed due to the pandemic, the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup 2022 will finally take place in New Zealand over the following month. The tournament is held in the southern hemisphere for the first time, and the hosts are also the defending champions, having defeated England in Dublin five years ago. For UK viewers, all of the action is free to watch. Make sure you know how to watch a live stream of the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup from anywhere in the world. Viewing options, start times, and the complete amended program are all provided below.

Despite their home advantage and five-time victory, New Zealand is ranked second to England as the pre-tournament favorite. Yes, England is currently at the top of the world rankings owing to a 25-match winning streak that includes three Six Nations titles. But you can bet that the World Cup 2021 has been on their radar for quite some time.

The 2021 Women’s World Cup follows the standard group-stage-then-knockout structure, with the top two teams from each of the three groups of four going to the quarter-finals and the two best third-placed teams.

It starts with a triple header at Auckland’s 50,000-seater Eden Park, which includes a grudge match between the Black Ferns and Australia. For the uninitiated, England, New Zealand, Canada, and France are the ones to watch, but never underestimate the Aussies regarding rugby.

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England completed their preparations by defeating Wales 73-7, becoming the first international team to win 25 consecutive matches.

They will, however, be missing one of their most experienced players at the World Cup, with Natasha ‘Mo’ Hunt a surprise absence from the Red Roses’ 32-strong roster.

England won the World Cup in 1994 and 2014 and finished runners-up five times, including the most recent tournament in 2017, where New Zealand defeated them in the final.

What is it, and where will the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2022 take place?

The ninth edition of the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2022 showcase competition, postponed from 2021 due to Covid, will be hosted for the first time by defending champions New Zealand. This year’s event will also be the first to be hosted by a country in the southern hemisphere.

When is the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2022?

The competition began on Saturday, October 8, in Auckland, with France defeating South Africa. On Saturday, November 12, the competition concludes with the final in Auckland.

How to watch the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2022 All Game?

Every game from the tournament will be shown live on ITV in the United Kingdom.

Rugger enthusiasts in the United Kingdom should rejoice. The entire 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup will be televised live and free on ITV or ITV4. That implies that all UK license fee payers can watch a free live broadcast of all 2021 Rugby World Cup games on ITV Hub (opens in new tab). The free-to-air stream is only available to viewers in the United Kingdom, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out.

Women’s Rugby World Cup 2022 fixtures and schedule:

All kick-offs are in UK & Ireland time.

  • Saturday, October 8

South Africa v France (2.15 am BST, Eden Park, Auckland, Pool C)

Fiji v England (4.45 am BST, Eden Park, Auckland, Pool C)

Australia v New Zealand (7.15 am BST, Eden Park, Auckland, Pool A)

  • Sunday, October 9

USA v Italy (0.45 am BST, Northland Events Centre, Whangarei, Pool B)

Japan v Canada (3.15 am BST, Northland Events Centre, Whangarei, Pool B)

Wales v Scotland (5.45 am BST, Northland Events Centre, Whangarei, Pool A)

  • Saturday, October 15

Scotland v Australia (3 am BST, Northland Events Centre, Whangarei, Pool A)

USA v Japan (5.30am BST, Northland Events Centre, Whangarei, Pool B)

France v England (8am BST, Northland Events Centre, Whangarei, Pool C)

  • Sunday October 16

Italy v Canada (0.45am BST, Waitakere Stadium, Auckland, Pool B)

Wales v New Zealand (3.15am BST, Waitakere Stadium, Auckland, Pool A)

Fiji v South Africa (5.45am BST, Waitakere Stadium, Auckland, Pool C)

  • Saturday October 22

Australia v Wales (2.15am BST, Northland Events Centre, Whangarei, Pool A)

New Zealand v Scotland (4.45am BST, Northland Events Centre, Whangarei, Pool A)

France v Fiji (7.15am BST, Northland Events Centre, Whangarei, Pool C)

  • Sunday October 23 

Japan v Italy (0.45am BST, Waitakere Stadium, Auckland, Pool B)

Canada v USA (3.15am BST, Waitakere Stadium, Auckland, Pool B)

England v South Africa (5.45am BST, Waitakere Stadium, Auckland, Pool C)

  • Saturday October 29

Quarter-final 1 (4.30am, Northland Events Centre, Whangarei)

Quarter-final 2 (7.30am, Northland Events Centre, Whangarei)

  • Sunday October 30

* The UK moves from BST to GMT at 2 am on Sunday, October 30, 

Quarter-final 3 (1.30 am BST, Waitakere Stadium, Auckland)

Quarter-final 4 (3.30 am GMT, Waitakere Stadium, Auckland)

  • Saturday, November 5

Semi-final 1 (3.30 am GMT, Eden Park, Auckland)

Semi-final 2 (6.30 am GMT, Eden Park, Auckland)

  • Saturday, November 12

Final (6.30am GMT, Eden Park, Auckland)

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Women’s Rugby World Cup 2022 pools:

Pool A

  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Wales
  • Scotland

Pool B

  • Canada
  • USA
  • Italy
  • Japan

Pool C

  • England
  • France
  • South Africa
  • Fiji

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