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The eighth edition of the Women’s Rugby World Cup commences this Wednesday, August 9 in Dublin, Ireland. Per usual, twelve teams will compete in three pools of four teams each. The winner of each pool and the second-place pool finisher with the highest pool points (not scoring totals) will advance to the semi-final round.
In the eight previous finals, England have played in six, New Zealand four, the USA three, and Canada in one. France have finished third five times. Data follow:
Year Gold Silver Bronze
1991 USA - 19 England -6 France
1994 England -38 USA – 23 France
1998 NZ – 44 USA – 12 England
2002 NZ – 19 England – 9 France
2006 NZ – 25 England – 17 France
2010 NZ – 13 England – 10 Australia
2014 England 21 Canada – 9 France
In 2014, Ireland upset the Black Ferns in pool play, which prevented New Zealand from moving into the semis as England and Canada tied in their pool game, generating two points each for the draw.
The betting parlors in the United Kingdom include the WRWC in their offerings. Currently, the odds on who will win the event are:
New Zealand 13/8
Hong Kong 1000/1
England are the favorites because they were undfeated at 5-0 in 2017's Six Nations tournament. In addition, they defeated the Black Ferns earlier this summer in New Zealand. Finally, the Red Roses will have many thousands of ardent fans crossing the Irish Sea to view the tournament in Dublin and Belfast.
A long shot bet would be Ireland, which went 4-1 in the last year's Six Nations, losing only to England. Playing in front of the home crowd could provide that added boost.