Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 live stream: how to watch every game online - semi-finals

Group shot of the international captains at the Women's Rugby World Cup 2021
(Image credit: Getty Images / Hagen Hopkins - World Rugby)

The semi-finals of the (delayed) 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup get underway this Saturday, 5th November, at Eden Park. Canada vs England is at 3.30am BST, followed by New Zealand vs France at 6.30am BST. All the action is free-to-air for UK viewers. Make sure you know how to watch a 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup live stream from anywhere in the world. Viewing options, kick-off times and the full revised schedule are all listed below.

2021 Women's Rugby World Cup live stream

Date: 8th October - 12th November

Free stream: ITV (opens in new tab) (UK)

Watch anywhere: ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

US stream: Peacock TV (opens in new tab)

England's driving maul helped the Red Roses overcome Australia 41-5 in the quarter-finals and secure a semi-final showdown against Canada. New Zealand thrashed Wales 55-3 to set up their semi-final showdown with France. 

The Black Ferns' Portia Woodman is now the all-time Women's Rugby World Cup top try-scorer, a fact that won't have escaped pre-tournament favourites England, who have slipped to second in the world ranking despite winning the last four Six Nations.

With a home turf advantage and some of the best backs in the business, it's looking odds on that New Zealand will beat France on Saturday and set up a blockbuster final against Sarah Hunter's England. What a match that would be... 

The ninth edition of the tournament marks the first time it has taken place in the southern hemisphere, with the hosts also the defending champs, having beaten England in Dublin five years ago.

Here's how to watch every match at the 2021 Rugby World Cup from anywhere in the world.

2021 Women's Rugby World Cup free live stream

Women's Rugby World Cup trophy

(Image credit: Getty Images / Fiona Goodall - World Rugby)

Good news for UK rugger fans. All 26 matches of the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup will be broadcast live and free on either ITV or ITV4. That means all UK license fee payers can watch a 2021 Rugby World Cup free live stream all of the games on ITV Hub (opens in new tab). The free-to-air stream is restricted to viewers within the UK, but that doesn't mean you have to miss out. 

Are you a UK citizen away from home at the moment?

Use a VPN to watch the rugby on ITV Hub free from abroad. (opens in new tab)

We rate ExpressVPN as the best VPN. It comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee and 24/7 customer support. Full details below.

How to watch the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup abroad using a VPN

Eden Park stadium rugby posts at dusk

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Even if you have subscribed to the relevant 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup rights holders, you won't be able to use them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.

There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) which offers a 100 per cent risk-free money back guarantee. If you're not happy with the service any time within the first 30-days, then you can cancel with no penalties at all.

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How to use a VPN for the Women's Rugby World Cup

Using a VPN to watch the Women's Rugby World Cup is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is the one we recommend.

2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. For the Women's Rugby World Cup, you may wish to choose 'UK' for ITV Hub.

3. Then head over to ITV Hub (opens in new tab) on your browser or device and enjoy the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup free live stream.

USA: 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup live stream

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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 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.

2021 Women's World Cup fixtures and schedule

All kick-offs in UK & Ireland time.

Saturday 5th November 2022

Semi-final 1: Canada vs England (3.30am GMT, Eden Park, Auckland)

Semi-final 2: New Zealand vs France (6.30am GMT, Eden Park, Auckland)

Saturday 12th November 2022

Final: TBC vs TBC (6.30am GMT, Eden Park, Auckland)

Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 pools

Pool A

  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Wales
  • Scotland

Pool B

  • Canada
  • USA
  • Italy
  • Japan

Pool C

  • England
  • France
  • South Africa
  • Fiji
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