Canada to Kick-off Rugby World Cup 2021 against Asia 1 on September 18th!

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RWC 2021 begins on September 18th with Canada set to take on Asia 1 at the Northland Events Center in Whangarei, New Zealand

January 28, 2021 (Langford, BC) - The Rugby World Cup 2021 Match Schedule was released earlier today. In November, Canada's Women's Rugby Team were drawn into Pool B along with USA, Asia 1, and Europe 1.

The tournament opens on September 18th with Canada set to take on Asia 1 at the Northland Events Center in Whangarei, New Zealand.  Pool B rivals USA will open the tournament against Europe 1 earlier that day, while hosts and reigning champions New Zealand will play Australia at Eden Park also on opening day.

Following their opener against Asia 1, Canada will focus on a highly anticipated match against rivals USA Women's Eagles on September 23rd at Waitakere Stadium in Auckland.  Canada will then close out the Pool stage against Europe 1 on September 28th.  The full match schedule for Rugby World Cup 2021 can be viewed here:  RWC2021 Match Schedule

The quarter-finals will include the top two teams from each pool and the two best third-placed teams. For RWC 2021, bonus points will again be in place.

Teams will be seeded one to eight based on the position they finished in their respective pools and most competition points scored, with seed 1 v seed 8, seed 2 v seed 7, seed 3 v seed 6 and seed 4 v seed 5.

The quarter-finals will take place on Sunday, 3 October with Waitakere Stadium hosting the first two matches at 13:15 NZT and 16:15 NZT followed by Northland Events Centre hosting the remaining two quarter-finals at 16:15 NZT and 19:15 NZT.

World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said there is unstoppable momentum building leading into the final months before Rugby World Cup 2021 kicks off.

“With less than eight months to go until Rugby World Cup 2021 kicks off in New Zealand, anticipation and excitement is really starting to build for fans and players worldwide. There is a very real, unstoppable momentum building behind the rise of women in rugby now and 2021 will be a year like no other, providing a unique opportunity to continue to accelerate the growth and profile of the sport, as women’s rugby rightly is set to own center stage this year.”