2022 Women’s Rugby World Cup: matches, how to watch on TV and England’s odds of winning

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After being pushed back 12 months, it’s almost time for the best women’s rugby players to take center stage at the World Cup.

England continued their preparations by beating Wales 73-7 on October 14 to become the first international team to win 25 games in a row.

However, they will be without one of their most experienced players at the World Cup, with Natasha ‘Mo’ Hunt the shocking omission of the Red Roses’ 32-man squad for the tournament, which will be officially named on Tuesday.

England won the World Cup in 1994 and 2014 and finished second five times, including the last tournament in 2017, where they lost to New Zealand in the final.

What is it and where is it held?

The ninth edition of the flagship women’s rugby 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 country in the Southern Hemisphere.

When is it?

The tournament kicks off on Saturday, October 8 in Auckland, with South Africa taking on France in the opening game. The final closes the tournament in Auckland on Saturday 12 November.

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What TV channel is it on?

Every match of the tournament will be broadcast live on BT Sport and ITV in the UK.

When are the England matches?

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

When are the knockouts?

Sun 3 Oct – Quarter-finals
Sat 5 Nov – Semi finals
Sat 12 Nov – Last

What’s the latest news?

England head coach Simon Middleton has warned his historic Red Roses side will play “with fury” at next month’s World Cup, admitting that anything less than winning the tournament would be a “failure”.

England fly to New Zealand on Friday, armed with a 25-game winning streak – a feat no side in world rugby has ever achieved – and their coveted favorites to reclaim the trophy they last won in 2014.

When asked whether it would be a failure if his side didn’t avenge their 2017 heartache against the Black Ferns, Middleton was unequivocal in his response, referring to recent sporting disruptions to suggest that winning in New Zealand is far from a foregone conclusion. matter.

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“Yes. We have to win it,” he said. “This is the best prepared squad, the best power in depth we’ve ever had. That doesn’t mean we’re going to win it. The only thing you can’t guarantee is that you will win it, because that’s not how it works.

The Red Roses open their campaign against Fiji on October 8 and will be led by their longtime leader and 135-time capped international Sarah Hunter, who is in line to become the most capable England player of all time if they take on Rocky Clark’s all-time leading surpasses. appearance record of 137 during the tournament.

Natasha Hunt was the highest profile player to miss out on the roster, with Middleton favoring Leanne Infante, Claudia Macdonald and 22-year-old Lucy Packer as his options at scrum half. 2014 World Cup winner Hunt has been a figurehead of England’s women’s game for the past decade, but Middleton admitted the 33-year-old’s style was incompatible with his party’s ‘simplistic’ game plan.

“It’s probably only been a few weeks since the pecking order of the nines was different,” he admitted. “We build our game around our tens and twelves, not our nines. The roll of our nine is a very simple roll – go to the jam, get it quickly into the hands of the 10 and keep repeating. It’s very simple.

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“Mo is a very instinctive player. She wants to run, kick, pass and be at the center of the game plan and really influence it. It’s a very simplistic plan. Mo can do that, but I don’t think she can do it without to go off the path every now and then.”

England have been busy reaping the rewards of professionalism for the past three years, but seven non-contracted players are part of Middleton’s 32-man squad, including Sadia Kabeya’s young quartet, dynamic forward, Maud Muir, up and coming whore Connie

Powell and shut down Morwenna Talling.

There is also a place for tighthead prop Laura Keates who, despite not playing for England since November 2020 – partly due to graduating from her dentistry – was chosen by Middleton as a “model of consistency”.

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