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Rugby World Cup 2021/22: The Basics

Twelve women’s rugby teams are currently competing at the Rugby World Cup 2022, which is taking place 8th October to 12th November 2022 in New Zealand after being delayed for a year due to COVID restrictions.

This is the ninth women’s Rugby World Cup but it is the first time that the event takes place in the Southern Hemisphere.

It is also the first time that that the event does not include a gender designation in the title (i.e. no “Women’s” in the title).

England are the favourites due to their unbelievable winning record, but Black Ferns are not to be underestimated especially with a home crowd advantage (although they may not have the full benefit of that in the Quarterfinals due to scheduling issues with the All Blacks match against Japan). Perhaps surprisingly number three in the World Rankings is Canada, followed by France in 4th place and Italy in 5th place.

If you have not yet had a chance to watch any matches, you are still right in time as there are still 8 matches left. Quarterfinals kick off this weekend and can be watched on ITV. Match timings can be found here.

Who do you think will be victorious in the Quarterfinals stages? Bet on live rugby online if you feel strongly about any of the team’s chances!

The event is longer than the previously planned 2021 event and will run for 43 days instead of 35, which will give the teams more rest days in between the competition.

Due to the postponement of the event be prepared to see a lot of branding with the 2021 date.

Pool Results

Below are the results for the three pools. Top tries of the pool stages can be found here.

Have Your Say

Have you been watching the Rugby World Cup 2021? What are your thoughts? Have you been impressed by the standard of rugby on show from many athletes who are not paid like professional players?

About Ellaine

Ellaine is the founder of FRN and author of "Mini and Youth Rugby: Complete Guide for Coaches and Parents" (published October 2015). She has been playing rugby union for over 10 years in the UK and the US for teams including Oxford University Blues, London Wasps, Henley, NOVA, and GWU. She has recently developed a love for rugby 7s and has played on several international rugby 7s teams. She also enjoys playing touch rugby and regularly plays for the FRN Mixed Touch Rugby team. She is passionate about helping others develop a love for rugby. View all posts by Ellaine

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