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The key event in Women's rugby in 2018 was New Zealand's dominant win in the Rugby 7s World Cup in San Francisco. The Black Ferns marched through the tournament undefeated, trouncing France 29-0 to secure the Gold medal. They nipped the USA 26-21 in the semifinal round. Australia captured the Bronze for third place with 24-14 win against the Eagles.
The Kiwis continued their sevens' superiority with back-to-back, undefeated tournaments, winning the first two 2018/2019 circuit events in Glendale and Dubai.
It would not be hyperbole to describe this talented side as its own "Dream Team" made up of many stars. Tournament after tournament, the outstanding players come from this New Zealand team. The partial list includes Portia Woodman, Ruby Tui, Sarah Goss, captain, Kelly Brazier, Niall Williams, and Michaela Blyde.
The top four team finishers in this season's World Rugby circuit will qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. New Zealand are anxious to win the next Olympic gold medal, which it ceded to Australia in the 2016 Rio Games.
New Zealand also produced an outstanding fifteens' season, going 4-1. Historically over many years, the Black Ferns are victorious in over 90-percent of Tests. They were World Cup champions in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2017.
France own the upset of 2018 with their triumph at home against the Kiwis 30-27, the first win for Les Bleues in five previous matches.
In the USA, the Women’s sevens Eagles had mixed results in the 2017/2018 circuit but showed consistent quality in the recent Glendale and Dubai tournaments, accumulating 32-points, ranking third behind New Zealand and Canada.
The Eagles fifteen struggled through a developmental season with many new players. They ended the year with a victory against Ireland away.