The Rugby World Cup is a one of the rare pieces of silverware that an Australian women’s team hasn’t won, but the Wallaroos are sending over their best side to Ireland to conquer the greatest prize in world Rugby for women.
Australia will face some stiff competition though, with four-time winner New Zealand making the trek over, as are reigning champ England, and you won’t miss a minute of the action when watching it live on a standard or HD TV, or streaming the matches to a compatible mobile device with a Free trial.
2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup Preview
The first staging of this tournament as the official World Cup took place in 1991 at Wales, where twelve nations were divided into four groups of three, with the United States causing a massive boil-over, but they are more focused on the Rugby Sevens compared to the traditional format. Since then, like their male counterparts, New Zealand have dominated, winning four in a row, but that run came to a halt in 2014 when England defeated Canada 21-9 in the Final at Wales. This time out, England, New Zealand, Ireland and Australia are the favourites to finish in the top four, and from that point forward anything can happen.
When: August 9 – August 26, 2017
Where: Dublin and Belfast, Ireland
Women’s RWC 2017 Live TV – Round 2
Sun 27 August: USA v France: LIVE at 2.00am
Sun 27 August: NZ v England Grand Final: LIVE 4.45am
TV fixtures shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Women’s RWC TV replays will be available at designated times following the live matches.
Rugby World Cup Live Streaming and a Free Trial
You won’t find the Women’s RWC on free to air TV in Australia, but Fox Sports (Foxtel) will broadcast each and every game LIVE, in HD, and ad-break free during play.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to consider Foxtel Now’s 2 weeks Free live TV trial, which will telecast every match online*, as well as offering live Women’s Rugby World Cup streaming to eligible mobile devices through the Foxtel Go app.
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Women’s RWC Live TV Fixtures
Sunday 13 August – Fox Sports 501
New Zealand v Hong Kong: LIVE at 9.00pm
England v Italy: LIVE at 11.30pm
USA v Spain: LIVE at 11.45pm
Monday 14 August – Fox Sports 501/503
Canada v Wales: LIVE at 2.00am
Ireland v Japan: LIVE at 2.15am
France v Australia: LIVE at 4.45am
Thursday 17 August – Fox Sports 501/503
Canada v New Zealand: LIVE at 9.00pm
England v USA: LIVE at 11.30pm
Italy v Spain: LIVE at 11.45pm
Friday 18 August – Fox Sports 501/503
Australian v Japan: LIVE at 2.00am
Wales v Hong Kong: LIVE at 2.15am
France v Ireland: LIVE at 4.45am
Tuesday 22 August – Fox Sports 503/505
10th seed v 11th seed: LIVE at 9.00pm
9th seed v 12th seed: LIVE at 11.30pm
5th seed v 8th seed: LIVE at 11.30pm
Wednesday 23 August – Fox Sports 503/505
6th seed v 7th seed: LIVE at 2.00am
Semi Final 1: LIVE at 2.00am
Semi Final 2: LIVE at 4.45am
Sunday 27 August – Fox Sports 503
3 v 4 Playoff: LIVE at 2.00am
Grand Final: LIVE at 4.45am
Best of all, you can watch the Wallaroos live online, so there’s no reason to miss a minute of this unique Rugby experience.
The Rugby World Cup for Women hasn’t been kind to the Australian side, with their best finish since 1991 being a third in the 2010 World Cup when beating France 22-8. Fast forward to 2017 and their fortunes do look better, with a very good squad, full of depth, assembled to jet off to Ireland for the campaign. Ash Hewson is the most experienced player in the squad, having played 15 tests for Australia. This will be her third Rugby World Cup campaign, so her experience will be timely on the big stage.
They are the reigning champs and one of the sides to beat once again. They are proven big time performers, but in saying that, they have only won the Six Nations just once over the past five years. Still, they are the current world champions and are in form after a recent 29-21 win over New Zealand in the curtain raiser to the All Blacks vs Lions match. It was a five tries to two demolition job and really the score-line flattered the Kiwis. Tamara Taylor, who is playing in her fourth World Cup campaign, was a central figure in that, and really has been for England for a number of years now.