— Published 12 May 2021

A new format for Women’s Rugby World Cup

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Postponed by one year because of the sanitary crisis, the next edition of the Women’s Rugby World Cup is going to be a new one. World Rugby, the international body of the discipline, has unveiled the refreshed format and dates. The tournament will take place from October 8th to November 12th, 2022, in New Zealand (Auckland and Whangārei). It will be the longest in history, with a duration of 43 days, compared to 35 in previous editions. World Rugby explains that it wanted to prioritize the teams’ resting periods, with a minimum gap of 5 days between each match, a measure which is also applied to the 2023 Men’s World Cup in France. The extension of the tournament duration also modifies the calendar, with all matches taking place on Saturdays and Sundays. The group stage will be held on October 8th-9th, 15th-16th and 22th-23th (all weekends) in Auckland (Eden Park), Whangarei (Northlands Events Centre) and Henderson (Waitakere Stadium) on the outskirts of Auckland. The quarter-finals will be held on October 29th-30th, followed by the semi-finals on Saturday, November 5th. The final will be played on Saturday, November 12th, at Auckland’s Eden Park. Twelve teams will participate in the competition. They will be divided into three groups of four teams.