Rugby World Cup 2021 match schedule confirmed

Rugby World Cup 2021 match schedule confirmed

Rugby World Cup 2021 aims to break the record for attendance at a women’s Rugby World Cup tournament, which is expected to be boosted by some mouth-watering matches, including hosts and reigning champions New Zealand against Australia at Eden Park on the opening day on 18 September, capping an exciting triple bill of matches at the iconic stadium.

With teams and fans at the heart of tournament planning, the match schedule has been developed to maximise the advancement of women’s rugby on the world stage. Eden Park, venue for the men’s final in 1987 and 2011, Northland Events Centre in Whangārei and Waitakere Stadium will provide the perfect stages to draw thousands of fans with attractive ticketing and entertainment programmes.


The 44,000 capacity Eden Park will also host the semi-finals on Saturday, 9 October and the bronze final and RWC 2021 final on Saturday, 16 October, giving fans plenty of opportunities to be part of something special and make women’s rugby history.

Reflecting the history-making theme, RWC 2021 will see the return of a quarter-final stage, while longer rest periods between match days and expanded squad sizes will enable the world’s top teams to perform at their best on the greatest stage for rugby.

The 12 teams will compete across three action-packed days of pool matches, Saturday 18, Thursday 23 and Tuesday, 28 September, with games to be played at Eden Park and Waitakere Stadium in Auckland, and Northland Events Centre in Whangārei.


USA will have the honour of opening the tournament, facing Europe 1 at 11:45 NZT, followed by Canada v Asia 1 at 14:15 NZT in the other Pool B match, with Wales taking on the Final Qualification Tournament Winner at 16:45 NZT to close out day one at the Northland Events Centre.

At Eden Park, France will take on South Africa at 14:15 NZT followed by England versus Fiji – who will make their Rugby World Cup debut – at 16:45 NZT, in the other Pool C match. Hosts and reigning champions New Zealand will bring the curtain down on a thrilling schedule of matches when they take on Australia at 19:15 NZT.


 
 
 

USA EUROPE 1

POOL B 
 
SATURDAY18SEPTEMBER
14:15 LOCAL TIME
 

ASIA 1 CANADA

POOL B Northland Events Centre, Whangarei
 
SATURDAY18SEPTEMBER
14:15 LOCAL TIME
 
 

SOUTH AFRICA FRANCE

POOL C Eden Park, Auckland
 
SATURDAY18SEPTEMBER
16:45 LOCAL TIME
 
 

WALES FINAL QUALIFIER WINNER

POOL A Northland Events Centre, Whangarei
 
SATURDAY18SEPTEMBER
16:45 LOCAL TIME
 

FIJI ENGLAND

POOL C Eden Park, Auckland
 
SATURDAY18SEPTEMBER
19:15 LOCAL TIME
 
 

AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND

POOL A Eden Park, Auckland
 
THURSDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER
THURSDAY23SEPTEMBER
11:45 LOCAL TIME
 
 

CANADA USA

POOL B Waitakere Stadium, Auckland
 
THURSDAY23SEPTEMBER
14:15 LOCAL TIME
 

ASIA 1 EUROPE 1

POOL B Waitakere Stadium, Auckland
 
THURSDAY23SEPTEMBER
14:15 LOCAL TIME
 

FRANCE FIJI

POOL C Northland Events Centre, Whangarei
 
THURSDAY23SEPTEMBER
16:45 LOCAL TIME
 

WALES NEW ZEALAND

POOL A Waitakere Stadium, Auckland
 
THURSDAY23SEPTEMBER
16:45 LOCAL TIME
 

FINAL QUALIFIER WINNER AUSTRALIA

POOL A Northland Events Centre, Whangarei
 
THURSDAY23SEPTEMBER
19:15 LOCAL TIME
 
 

ENGLAND SOUTH AFRICA

POOL C Northland Events Centre, Whangarei
 
TUESDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER
TUESDAY28SEPTEMBER
11:45 LOCAL TIME
 
 

EUROPE 1 CANADA

POOL B Waitakere Stadium, Auckland
 
TUESDAY28SEPTEMBER
14:15 LOCAL TIME
 
 

USA ASIA 1

POOL B Waitakere Stadium, Auckland
 
TUESDAY28SEPTEMBER
14:15 LOCAL TIME
 
 

AUSTRALIA WALES

POOL A Northland Events Centre, Whangarei
 
TUESDAY28SEPTEMBER
16:45 LOCAL TIME
 
 

FIJI SOUTH AFRICA

POOL C Waitakere Stadium, Auckland
 
TUESDAY28SEPTEMBER
16:45 LOCAL TIME
 
 

NEW ZEALAND FINAL QUALIFIER WINNER

POOL A Northland Events Centre, Whangarei
 
TUESDAY28SEPTEMBER
19:15 LOCAL TIME
 
 

FRANCE ENGLAND

POOL C Northland Events Centre, Whangarei
 
SUNDAY, OCTOBER
SUNDAY3OCTOBER
13:15 LOCAL TIME
 
 

TBC TBC

QUARTER-FINAL 1 Waitakere Stadium, Auckland
 
SUNDAY3OCTOBER
16:15 LOCAL TIME
 
 

TBC TBC

QUARTER-FINAL 2 Waitakere Stadium, Auckland
 
SUNDAY3OCTOBER
16:15 LOCAL TIME
 
 

TBC TBC

QUARTER-FINAL 3 Northland Events Centre, Whangarei
 
SUNDAY3OCTOBER
19:15 LOCAL TIME
 
 

TBC TBC

QUARTER-FINAL 4 Northland Events Centre, Whangarei
 
SATURDAY, OCTOBER
SATURDAY9OCTOBER
16:30 LOCAL TIME
 
 

WINNER QUARTER-FINAL 2 WINNER QUARTER-FINAL 3

SEMI-FINAL 1 Eden Park, Auckland
 
SATURDAY9OCTOBER
19:30 LOCAL TIME
 
 

WINNER QUARTER-FINAL 1 WINNER QUARTER-FINAL 4

SEMI-FINAL 2 Eden Park, Auckland
 
SATURDAY, 16 OCTOBER
SATURDAY16OCTOBER
16:30 LOCAL TIME
 
 

RUNNER-UP SEMI-FINAL 1 RUNNER-UP SEMI-FINAL 2

BRONZE FINAL Eden Park, Auckland
 
SATURDAY16OCTOBER
19:30 LOCAL TIME
 
 

WINNER SEMI-FINAL 1 WINNER SEMI-FINAL 2

FINAL Eden Park, Auckland

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