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The Eagle Women won the inaugural Rugby World Cup of 1991 by defeating host nation England 19-6. The final was played in Cardiff, Wales, in front of 3,000 spectators at the Cardiff RFC grounds.
The USA dominated the tournament with an unbeaten run into the title game, and impressively, generating 76 points for with only six against. Canada secured the Plate by defeating Spain 16-9.
The USA started with a narrow 7-0 win against the Netherlands, the low score as a result of torrential rain and a sloppy field. Patty Jervey scored the only try from a nifty offload from Patty Connell.
In round two, the USA scoring machine went into overdrive with a 46-0 rout of the Soviet Union, totaling nine tries. Jervey bagged a hat trick, followed by a deuce from Candi Orsini. Halftime was 24-0.
For the athletic Eagles, the semi final match against New Zealand tested the determination of a team that lost to the Black Ferns in 1990. The USA defense applied constant pressure with long runs coming from Jervey. A penalty made it 3-0, and then a pushover try by Bar Bond added four points to cement the 7-0 win.
The final against an experienced England side produced the Eagle's best game of the tournament. The Red Roses were ahead 6-3 at the break, but the fit American fifteen rallied in the second period. Flanker Claire Godwin scored two tries in a row as the USA went ahead 13-6. Eagle Coach Kevin O'Brien (Beantown) said, "Pressure and fitness did it for us."
The 1991 Women's Rugby World Cup Champion Team:
Flavin, V. Sullivan, Sorenson, Breckenridge, Flanagan, Godwin, Whitehead, Flores (c), Connell, Harju, McFarren, Crawford, Orsini, Jervey, M. Sullivan, Fahey, Morrell, Seabaugh, Bond, Fugate, Dixey, Huffer, Hertz, Thompson, Rutkowski, Meredith, and Coach O'Brien.