Women’s Rugby World Cup 2022

Women’s Rugby World Cup 2022: Fixtures, squad, how to watch on TV and England’s chances of winning
Plus: Latest odds, news and fixtures for tournament favourites England

After being pushed back 12 months, the best women’s rugby players are taking centre stage for the World Cup. 


England finalised their preparations by thrashing Wales 73-7 to become the first international side to win 25 matches in a row and demolished Fiji in their tournament opener..

It was a serene start and all achieved without one of their most experienced World Cup players, Natasha ‘Mo’ Hunt, who was the shock omission from the Red Roses’ 32-strong squad for the tournament.

England won the World Cup in 1994 and 2014 and finished runners-up on five occasions, including at the last tournament in 2017 where they lost to New Zealand in the final.

What is it and where is it being held?

The ninth edition of women rugby’s showpiece tournament that was postponed from 2021 due to Covid, with reigning champions New Zealand hosting the Women’s Rugby World Cup for the first time. This year’s tournament will also be the first to be hosted by a southern hemisphere nation.

When is it?

The tournament kicked off on Saturday October 8 in Auckland, with France beating South Africa in the opening match. The final closes the tournament in Auckland on Saturday November 12.

Which TV channel is it on?

Every game from the tournament will be broadcast live on ITV in the UK.

When are England’s fixtures?

Sat Oct 8 – Fiji 18 England 84
Sat Oct 15 – v France, Whangarei
Sun Oct 23 – v South Africa, Auckland

When are Wales’s fixtures?

Sun Oct 9 – Wales 18 Scotland 15
Sun Oct 16 – v New Zealand, Auckland
Sat Oct 22 – v Australia, Whangarei

When are the knockouts?

Sun Nov 3 – Quarter-finals
Sat Nov 5 – Semi-finals
Sat Nov 12 – Final

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