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With the Rugby Sevens World Cup starting next Friday, July 20th  in San Francisco on NBC Sports, it’s a good time to review a past fifteen’s Women’s World Cup from 2006 when the event was held in Edmonton, Canada. The USA finished fifth out of twelve teams, going 4-1 in tournament play.

New Zealand won their third consecutive World Cup, beating England 25-17. The Black Ferns’ win marked their 14th game win streak in World Club competition.

The opening 18-0 loss to England eliminated the Eagles’ chances to play for any medal as both France and Canada advanced into the semis on better records. France defeated the hosts 17-8 for the bronze medal.

The USA Women shutout Scotland 24-0 to take fifth place, a notch up improvement on their sixth place World Cup finish in 2002.  Victories came from Ireland (24-11) and Australia (10-6) in pool play, and a second win over the Wallaroos (29-12) to meet the Scots in the 5th/6th place competition.

Three USA players – Jen Crouse, Phaidra Knight, and Ellie Karvoski – were named to the All Star XV. The Black Ferns placed four players.

Head Coach Kathy Flores encouraged the Eagles to bond with the South African Women as a “sister team.” The USA players all attended the Springboks game against Kazakhstan, forming a field exit tunnel for the South Africans at the end of the game.

 

 

 

 

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The Eagles were not eliminated by the loss to England, which left the Eagles very much in contention for a place in the semifinals, and was in fact a slightly better result than France's loss to England in pool play. The Eagles were eliminated by their failure to earn a bonus point against Australia, though their small margins of victory over Australia and Ireland (relative to France's results against those opponents) would have made that bonus point insufficient. You just kind of make stuff up, don't you?
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