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Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 to Take Place 8 October to 12 November 2022

New Zealand is now scheduled to host the Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 from 8 October to 12 November 2022.

The event had originally been slated to take place 18 September to 16 October 2021, but was postponed due to the logistical problems of hosting such an event during the ongoing global COVID19 pandemic.

The tournament has been extended from 35 to 43 days which allows all teams to have a minimum of five rest days between matches. This aligns with the approach recently approved for the mens competition.

Action from Brazil Women vs Scotland Women during the Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2019. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

The extension of the tournament window, also allows for a revamped tournament format that will see all matches take place on Saturdays and Sundays, with no overlap.

With the tournament starting later in the year, players and fans will also benefit from warmer weather and longer daylight hours. The pool phase will be played on the weekends of 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23 October, 2022 at Eden Park, Northlands Events Centre in Whangārei and Waitakere Stadium.

The quarter-finals will take place on 29-30 October followed by semi-finals on Saturday, 5 November. The bronze final and Women's RWC 2021 final will be played on Saturday, 12 November, with Eden Park set to create history by becoming the first stadium to host both the mens and womens Rugby World Cup finals.

Michelle Hooper, Rugby World Cup 2021 Tournament Director, said, We are excited to be hosting Rugby World Cup here in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The momentum for womens sport is continuously building and we look forward to demonstrating this to the world through the unstoppable energy that will be on display during Rugby World Cup in 2022. We cant wait to welcome the worlds best womens rugby players to our shores and share the Manaakitanga so intrinsically linked to our people and our place and rugby in Aotearoa, New Zealand with them and their fans.

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