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NIAMH BRIGGS, IRISH WOMEN'S XV CAPTAIN

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

France 48 – Australia 0

Top Scorer (51) – Magali Harvey, Canada

Top Try Scorer (9) – Portia Woodman. Barely noticed was Woodman (Former, 7s Player of the Year) notching eight tries against Hong Kong.

Attendance

All pool games in Dublin were sold out.

University College Dublin Bowl = 3,000

Billings Park, UCD = 2,000

Kingspan Stadium, Belfast = 18,000 (Semis and final)

(The WRWC 2014 final was played in Paris’ Stade Jean Bouin with a 20,000-seat capacity. The venue is the home site for Stade Francais RFC, and for the HSBC World Rugby Paris 7s.)

Name Change

The Japanese Men’s XV are known as the Brave Blossoms. But media refer to this year’s Japanese Women as the Sakura 15. View their pre-tournament training video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=xD3AScW8QXs

Aussies

New Zealand, and especially, the USA utilize Women’s 7s players but this is not the case for the Australians. Their two sevens stars, Emilee Cherry and Charlotte Caslick, do not play fifteens.

How the bonus point system works.

Teams are awarded four points for a win, two points for a draw and none for a defeat of more than seven points. A team scoring four or more tries in one match will score a bonus point, as will a team that loses by seven points or fewer.