LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Universal Sports Network presents 15 hours of LIVE TV coverage of the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 in Paris, France, from Friday, Aug. 1, through Sunday, Aug. 17. In addition, matches will also be streamed LIVE online at universalsports.com to authenticated users.
The world’s top 12 women’s rugby teams will contest the trophy during the tournament, which sees New Zealand returning as defending champion. The pool stages take place in Marcoussis Aug. 1, 5 and 9, with the Semifinals Aug. 13. The final takes place Aug. 17 at the new Stade Jean Bouin in Paris. The men will play in the highly-anticipated IRB Rugby World Cup in the fall of 2015 in England, also on Universal Sports.
USA Rugby’s Women’s Eagles begin pool play against Ireland Aug. 1 before taking on Kazakhstan Aug. 5 and New Zealand Aug. 9. The Eagles, who have not reached the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup Final since 1994, are bringing an experienced team to Paris. Returning Eagles from the 2010 World Cup event include: Sharon Blaney, Jamie Burke, Emilie Bydwell, Lynelle Kugler, Nathalie Marchino, Vanesha McGee, Naima Reddick, Hannah Stolba and Kittery Wagner.
Calling the action for Universal Sports will be play-by-play announcer Bill Seward alongside analyst Brian Hightower, former USA Sevens captain.
Fans who do not normally receive Universal Sports Network as part of their television package will be able to watch the New Zealand vs. USA Eagles match during week-long, free previews from TV providers DIRECTV, DISH, Verizon FiOS and CenturyLink Prism starting Aug. 6. To find Universal Sports in your channel lineup, please visit UniversalSports.com.
Universal Sports Network: IRB Women's Rugby World Cup
|August 1||10:30 A.M. LIVE||USA vs. Ireland|
|August 5||6:30 A.M. LIVE||USA vs. Kazakhstan|
|August 9||11:30 A.M. LIVE||New Zealand vs. USA|
|August 13||11:30 A.M. LIVE||Semifinal #1|
|August 13||2:30 P.M. LIVE||Semifinal #2|
|August 17||12:30 P.M. LIVE||Final|