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In 1998 in Amsterdam, Holland, the Women’s Eagles reached the final of the Women’s Rugby World Cup for the third time, posting victories against Russia (84-0), Spain (39-16) and Scotland (25-10). Then, they beat Canada 46-6 in the quarter finals round for the ninth time against no defeats.

At the same time, powerhouse New Zealand dominated opening round play with a 134-0 rout of Germany. The Black Ferns easily defeated Scotland 76-0, advancing to the quarters, beating Spain 46-13. In the semis, they won against England 44-11

In the final, New Zealand prevailed handily, defeating the Eagles 44-12, and gaining their first WRWC championship. The USA were the only squad to score two tries against New Zealand.

Eighteen-years later, women’s rugby has seen the rise internationally of France, Australia, Ireland, and Canada at the same time that New Zealand has retained dominance.  Their 1998 World Cup victory signaled the start of the their first “super-team,” having successfully recruited quality athletes from other sports to play rugby.

The final drew 4,000 in attendance, a number that increased to 25,000 when France hosted the 2014 WRWC in Paris played at Stade Jean Bouin.