Schedule confirmed for 2022 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand

The Rugby World Cup for women in New Zealand will kick off in October next year after a delay of more than 12 months because of the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament was originally scheduled for September and October this year but in March it was postponed until 2022 due to uncertainties caused by COVID-19. World […]

Schedule confirmed for 2022 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand

The Rugby World Cup for women in New Zealand will kick off in October next year after a delay of more than 12 months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The tournament was originally scheduled for September and October this year but in March it was postponed until 2022 due to uncertainties caused by COVID-19.

World Rugby released the new schedule on Wednesday for the 12-team tournament that will be played between October 8 and November 12 next year.

The rescheduled World Cup had its tournament window extended from 35 to 43 days, bringing minimum five-day rest periods between games in line with the men’s World Cup.

The format has been rejigged with all games now at weekends – three on Saturdays and three on Sundays – and no overlap between matches.

The original schedule had seen pool stage games kicking off at the same time and six games per matchday.

“…while the postponement was disappointing for everyone, it has provided the unique opportunity to review every aspect of the event to ensure it is the best it can be for the players, fans around the world and the wonderful and enthusiastic New Zealanders,” World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said.

The tournament will be the first Rugby World Cup for women in the southern hemisphere with matches in Auckland and Whangarei.

The pool phase will be played on October 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23, while the quarter-finals will take place on October 29-30 followed by the semi-finals on November 5.

The final and third-place match will take place on November 12, with Eden Park set to create history by becoming the first stadium to host both the men’s and women’s Rugby World Cup finals.

New Zealand are the holders, having beaten England 41-32 in the final in Belfast in 2017.

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Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Round 1 teams: Reds rest final stars for trip to Dunedin

The Queensland Reds have opted against asking their first-choice XV to back up from last week’s Super Rugby AU final in Friday’s Trans-Tasman opener, resting a number of key players for their clash with the Highlanders.

Taniela Tupou, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto and Fraser McReight have been named on the bench, Tate McDermott is out of the matchday squad entirely, and Harry Wilson and Jordan Petaia have joined Hunter Paisami on the injury list.

There is some good news for the side with Suliasi Vunivalu making his return from a hamstring complaint via the bench, while Seru Uru, Filipo Daugunu and co-captain Liam Wright make for strong replacements for Wilson, Petaia and McReight respectively.

Feao Fotuaika switches to tighthead prop with Tupou on the bench, allowing Dane Zander to come into the starting side at loosehead, and former first XV mainstay Angus Blyth replaces Salakaia-Loto at lock.

Kalani Thomas gets his first start in a Reds jersey in McDermott’s absence, with Moses Sorovi coming onto the pine. Isaac Henry, an unused substitute in last week’s final, will have another chance to make his Super Rugby debut from the reserves on Friday.

The Highlanders, meanwhile, have named a fairly stead side from the one which lost in Round 10 of Super Rugby Aotearoa. They get Pari Part Parkinson back at lock and Hugh Renton at blindside flanker, while Nehe Milner-Skudder is the casualty from a backline reshuffle.

Jason Holland has made a handful of changes to the Hurricanes’ forward pack, promoting Alex Fidow to tighthead prop and Isaia Walker-Leawere to a starting lock gig. Peter Umaga-Jensen also gets the nod at inside centre, while there are four new faces on the bench.

All teams for Super Rugby Trans-Tasman will be announced at least 48 hours before kick-off. Keep this page bookmarked as we update it with all the team info throughout the week.

Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Round 1 teams

Highlanders vs Queensland Reds

Friday, 5:05pm (AEST), Forsyth Barr Stadium
Highlanders
1. Ayden Johnstone, 2. Ash Dixon (c), 3. Siate Tokolahi, 4. Pari Pari Parkinson, 5. Josh Dickson, 6. Hugh Renton, 7. Billy Harmon, 8. Kazuki Himeno, 9. Aaron Smith (c), 10. Mitch Hunt, 11. Jona Nareki, 12. Scott Gregory, 13. Michael Collins, 14. Patelesio Tomkinson, 15. Sam Gilbert

Bench: 16. Liam Coltman, 17. Ethan De Groot, 18. Josh Hohneck, 19. Bryn Evans, 20. James Lentjes, 21. Kayne Hammington, 22. Tim O’Malley, 23. Ngatugnane Punivai

Reds
1. Dane Zander, 2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 3. Feao Fotuaika, 4. Ryan Smith, 5. Angus Blyth, 6. Angus Scott-Young, 7. Liam Wright (c), 8. Seru Uru, 9. Kalani Thomas, 10. James O’Connor (c), 11. Jock Campbell, 12. Hamish Stewart, 13. Josh Flook, 14. Filipo Daugunu, 15. Bryce Hegarty

Bench: 16. Josh Nasser, 17. Harry Hoopert, 18. Taniela Tupou, 19. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 20. Fraser McReight, 21. Moses Sorovi, 22. Isaac Henry, 23. Suliasi Vunivalu

NSW Waratahs vs Hurricanes

Friday, 7:45pm (AEST), SCG
Waratahs
TBC

Hurricanes
1. Xavier Numa, 2. Dane Coles (c), 3. Alex Fidow, 4. James Blackwell, 5. Isaia Walker-Leawere, 6. Reed Prinsep, 7. Du’Plessis Kirifi, 8. Devan Flanders, 9. Luke Campbell, 10. Ruben Love, 11. Salesi Rayasi, 12. Peter Umaga-Jensen, 13. Billy Proctor, 14. Julian Savea, 15. Jordie Barrett

Bench: 16. Asafo Aumua, 17. Tevita Mafileo, 18. Tyrel Lomax, 19. Liam Matchell, 20. Brayden Iose, 21. Jonathan Taumateine, 22. Orbyn Leger, 23. Pepesana Patafilo

Crusaders vs ACT Brumbies

Saturday, 5:05pm (AEST), Orangetheory Stadium
Crusaders
TBC

Brumbies
TBC

Melbourne Rebels vs Blues

Saturday, 7:45pm (AEST), AAMI Park
Rebels
TBC

Blues
TBC

Western Force vs Chiefs

Saturday, 9:55pm (AEST), HBF Park
Force
TBC

Chiefs
TBC

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