The 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup commences this Friday, August 1 in France. Twelve nations will compete in three pools (A, B & C) for the title. New Zealand is favored to repeat its victory in 2010. Here’s what you need to know:
Television – The tournament will be broadcast in the USA by Universal Sports. But it is not known whether the channel will air more than the Eagles’ games. There will... Read More
Samoa is an unknown quantity in the twelve-nation Women's RWC tournament that begins next Friday, August 1. The team, which has played fewer tests (18) than all other competitors, has struggled against top competition. In the past two years, they lost to Australia and New Zealand by huge tallies without scoring any points.
They have a better record against the secondary XVs, and an overall test... Read More
In the past six Women’s RWC, Canada has finished fourth three times, fifth once, and sixth twice. It has never cracked the quarter final ranks. To do so, it must beat England in its pool, a difficult task for the Canadians who are 2-18 historically against the Red Roses.
In 2014, Canada travelled Down Under for three tune up matches before this year’s World Cup, beating Australia 22-0, before... Read More
Few countries have adopted to women’s rugby with the same enthusiasm as Spain. There are over 200 clubs throughout the country, having started at the School of Architecture in Madrid. By 1991, there were 27 teams, so the increase in 13-years has been substantial.
Overall, the Spanish – nicknamed Las Leonas (The Lionsesses) – have won 51 and lost 52, a near even test record, with losing records... Read More
England have been the bridesmaids in the past three Women’s Rugby World Cup, losing three straight to reigning champion New Zealand. But winning some test matches in 2012 against the Black Ferns have buoyed the Red Roses’ hopes that 2014 will reverse fortune.
England have placed in all past six WRWC’s, winning once, runners up four times, and one third place result. In a nation that numbers the... Read More
The South African Women’s Rugby team – affectionately known as the Bokkies – prepares for its third appearance in the WRWC. No international women’s side suffers from comparison to the men’s XV as do these South African women, whose losing record against other participants in this year’s cup is 7-22.
Although recent initiatives within the country have concentrated on current and future... Read More
The Welsh Women’s XV view this August’s Women’s RWC as an opportunity to demonstrate improvement after their poor showing in the 2014 Six Nations Cup where the team finished fifth. With only a 25-0 victory over wooden spoon loser Scotland, the Taffies lost close matches to Italy 11-12, and Ireland 6-14. The big losses came against Six Nation Grand Slam champion France 0-27, and to rival England 3... Read More
(The semi finals and finals of the 2014 Women's World Cup will be played in this historic Paris stadium.)
After an international search, the stadium was expanded and modernized by Rudy Ricciotti, previously winner of the Grand Prize in French Architecture. It has been praised for its environmental, and aesthetic approach. The original stadium was constructed in 1925.
It features a wide-open roof... Read More
At the outset, the Australian Women's team is not called the same name (Wallabies) as the men: the squad is called the Wallaroos. The women achieved a third place in 2010's WRWC defeating France. It was the only time in past tournaments that the Aussie XV achieved a semi-final placement.
But since that last WRWC, the Wallaroos have not progressed to be more competitive on the world's stage. Most... Read More
Optimism is high that the French Women’s team will make the finals of this year’s World Cup. “Les Bleus” have finished third four times, and fourth once in the six tournaments, but they never made a final appearance. As the host nation for the 2014 WRWC, and with a Grand Slam championship in the recent Six Nations Tournament, the team is at its peak to advance.
Historically, France have winning... Read More