The bronze medal match in the Women’s Rugby World Cup saw France defeat USA, 31-23. France started slowly but eventually found their attacking dynamism. USA, meanwhile, never found enough attacking space out wide. France was prepared for the threat of Kristen Thomas and Naya Tapper and tackled well.
It was a frenetic opening five minutes to the match with no break until a scrum in that fifth... Read More
Team USA's quest for the cup ended with a 45-12 semifinal loss to New Zealand Tuesday at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. The game was competitive through the first 40 minutes, with the Eagles staying within two scores at halftime, and it could have been closer. However, the Black Ferns exploded for 30 points in the second half to put the game out of reach. All-World winger Portia Woodman tallied an... Read More
Tomorrow, Tuesday August 22, at noon Eastern time, NBC Sports will televise the USA vs. New Zealand Women’s Rugby World Cup semi-finals. The other semifinals of England vs France kicks off at 2:45 p.m. (ET). Both games in Belfast, Ireland.
The Black Ferns, ranked second in the world, are heavily favored to win the match. New Zealand did not advance to the semis in the 2014 WRWC, losing to Ireland... Read More
The pool stages are over, the semi-finalists are confirmed and Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 has arrived in Belfast after Dublin delivered on all fronts.
Records fell, new standards were set and friendships were made as fans, current and new, were treated to some breath-taking rugby.
Three sell-out match days delivered drama and compelling action as Japan and Hong Kong captured hearts, Ireland,... Read More
The USA Women advance to the semi-final round of the 2017 Women's World Cup as the fourth and final team.
Losing to England 47-26, allowed the Eagles to pick up an unnecessary bonus point (four tries in a game), which might have been important if Canada or Ireland also achieved bonus points. But New Zealand routed Canada and France easily beat Ireland, with neither losing side gaining a bonus... Read More
Both England and USA came into their final pool match of the Women's Rugby World Cup 2-0, each with the maximum 10 points claimed from the matches against Italy and Spain. Currently ranked best in the world, the matchup against England was always daunting for the Eagles. The match was never close, but the Eagles scored four tries and, therefore, a bonus point in the 47-26 loss.
Early on, Katy... Read More
It will be informative to review some of the data from the first two rounds in the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Dublin, Ireland.
Tries (116) and Penalties (3): This statistic reflects the try scoring bonanza of top tier nations against the lower ranking twelve team entrants. The routs:
NZ 121 – Hong Kong 0
Canada 98 – Hong Kong 0
England 56 – Spain 5
England 56 – Italy 13
France 72 - Japan 14... Read More
“Facts are precious things,” a wise person once said. The facts are that the USA Women can advance into the semi-final round of the Women’s Rugby World Cup if they defeat England this Wednesday in Dublin. A win would constitute a highly unlikely outcome, and one similar in scope to Ireland’s Women surprise conquest of New Zealand in the 2014 WRWC.
The Eagle’s task is formidable; the Red Roses –... Read More
Day one of the Women's Rugby World Cup in Dublin saw no surprise upsets as all of the higher ranked fifteens won over the lower teams. The key game was Ireland's narrow victory over Australia 19-17. These squads play in the most competitive pool along with France.
The USA enjoyed a win over Italy 24-12. The Italians finished last in the Women's Six Nations championship this year. Interestingly,... Read More
The 1999 Women’s Collegiate Championship provided one of the most exciting matches in USA rugby history when Stanford defeated Princeton 42-31 in double overtime. Tied at 31-31, the teams continued to play two, ten-minute halves until the Cardinal triumphed, scoring two tries and one conversion in the second period.
Stanford stormed out to a 21-point lead before Princeton tallied 28 unanswered... Read More