The Rugby World Cup, the premier event in women’s union 15s, begins this week in New Zealand and continues through the championship on November 12. Originally scheduled for 2021, the quadrennial competition was pushed back a year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Host New Zealand enters as the defending champion, while the U.S. will be aiming to return to the podium for the first time since 1998.
This year marks the first time the women’s tournament will be held under a gender-neutral name; in 2019, World Rugby announced that it would remove the word “women’s” from the World Cup name in order to match the non-gender-marked (men’s) World Cup.
The 2021 Women's World Cup has a regular group-stage-then-knockout format, with the top two in each of the three pools of four advancing to the quarter-finals, along with the two best third-placed teams.
It opens with a triple header at the 50,000-seater Eden Park in Auckland that includes a tasty looking grudge match between the Black Ferns and Australia. For those uninitiated, it's England, New Zealand, Canada and France who are the ones to look out for, but never discount the Aussies where rugby is involved.
Here's how to watch every match at the 2021 Rugby World Cup from anywhere in the world.
USA: 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup live stream
Rugby fans based in the US can tune into the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup on NBC's Peacock TV(opens in new tab) streaming service.
You'll need to sign up for the Peacock Premium tier(opens in new tab), which costs just $4.99 a month and can be cancelled at any time. Away from the States right now?
Use a VPN to tune into Peacock TV while abroad(opens in new tab).
As well as Premiership rugby, Peacock Premium offers loads of other great content, including Premier League soccer, WWE and 20,000 hours of content featuring brilliant Peacock exclusives like Halloween Ends, Brave New World and The Capture.
Watch a 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup live stream in Australia
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If you're in Australia, local streaming service Stan Sport will be providing live coverage of the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup.
To begin with, there's a Stan 30-day free trial. After that, you choose your base package and the necessary sport add-on costs AU$10 a month on top (so, from $20 a month in total).
Stuck outside Oz at the moment? Don't forget that you can use a VPN(opens in new tab) to access your Stan subscription while abroad.
Watch a 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup live stream in New Zealand
Spark Sport has exclusive rights to show every 2021 Women's World Cup match live in the host nation.
If you're sitting on the fence about signing up, know that Spark Sport offers a 7-day FREE free trial(opens in new tab), so you can try before you buy.
Once that's over, a subscription costs $24.99 per month, and includes the Premier League, plenty of Black Caps cricket action, F1 racing and MotoGP.
Spark Sport is available via web browsers on your PC or Mac, plus Apple and Android mobile devices, Chromecast, Apple TV, selected Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and LG TVs, and select Freeview streamers.
Watch a 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup live stream in Canada
TSN is the place to watch a 2022 US Open live stream if you're based in Canada. Subscription to TSN (streaming only) cost CA$4.99 a day or CA$19.99 a month.