The United States fell 23-17 to Ireland Friday in the first round of the Women’s Rugby World Cup. The Eagles matched Ireland’s two tries, but three Niamh Briggs penalties to one from Kimber Rozier proved the difference. The loss will make it very difficult for the USA to get out of pool play, with an upset of defending champ New Zealand likely needed.
Ireland got on the board in the third minute... Read More
New Zealand trounced Kazahkstan 79-5 in the opening game of the Women's 2014 Rugby World Cup. The Black Ferns led 38-0 at the half.
The outcome was expected between the top and lowest rated XVs in the tournament.
New Zealand scored 5 points, four for the win, and a bonus point for scoring four or more tries.
New Zealand starting XV: Winiata; Baker ; Manuel, Rule; Tiplady-Hurring; Brazier,... Read More
This weekend's a busy one as far as summer rugby goes, with several games available online or on television here in the United States. The Women's Rugby World Cup begins Friday, and all of the USA's games are to be televised live on Universal Sports. Friday the Eagles open up against Ireland, with pregame coverage beginning at 10:30am. Additional World Cup games may be available via the IRB. ... Read More
It is four-years since the last Women’s Rugby World Cup when the Eagles finished fifth out of twelve teams, beating Canada 23-20 for the spot. Since that WRWC, the USA has a 6-12 record in test matches, and a 1-3 tally in 2014 to prep for the event that begins August 1.
In the 2010 pool were Ireland and Kazakhstan, which will repeat also in this year’s pool. (The Black Ferns are the fourth XV.)... Read More
The Women’s Rugby World Cup began, without IRB sanction, in 1991, when 12-teams competed in Wales for the unofficial title. (IRB sanctioned the WRWC in 1998).
The USA Eagles won this first event, defeating England 19-6 in the final.
The twelve teams playing that year were: England, France, Wales, Spain, Italy, Canada, Netherlands, Japan, Soviet Union, New Zealand, Sweden, and the USA. (Bold... Read More
It is important to understand how the bonus point system operates for the Women’s Rugby World Cup. Essentially, if three teams finish 2-1 in their pools, only one will move into the four-team semi-finals playoff. This differs from the Rugby World Cup where four pools, numbering five teams each, advance the first two placements from the pools.
Bonus Point Awards
4 points for a win
2 points... Read More