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The 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup commences this Friday, August 1 in France. Twelve nations will compete in three pools (A, B & C) for the title. New Zealand is favored to repeat its victory in 2010. Here’s what you need to know:

Television – The tournament will be broadcast in the USA by Universal Sports. But it is not known whether the channel will air more than the Eagles’ games. There will be no live streaming to the USA or Canada. Canadians can watch on The Sports Network. If you are in France, all games will be broadcast on TFI/Eurosport.

Time Difference – Six hours ahead. (6 p.m. in Paris is noon in New York).

Transportation to Marcoussis – The preliminary matches will be played at the Centre National Rugby (CNR) at Marcoussis, twenty-miles south of Paris. The suggested way is to take the RER (in-city rail) from many stations in Paris. (NB: The RER is a separate system from the Metro.) Take the Blue B4 or Yellow C2 Line. The stop is Massy-Palaiseau.

Free Bus Shuttle – When you arrive at Massy, the French Rugby Federation will provide free round-trip shuttle service to Marcoussis. You can access the time schedule at:http://www.ffr.fr/var/corporate/storage/original/application/03ba23c4761ac50d5009f85c01cc994b.pdf

Taxi – Outgoing only (cost: 50 to 65 euro). No taxi return service from Marcoussis. Best is to take Metro to Porte D’Orelans and hail a taxi from there.

Automobile – Free parking in town of Marcoussis.

(Tomorrow: Eagles match schedule. Social gatherings. Touch rugby tournament in Paris)