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In 2006, the Women’s Eagles went 4-1 in that year’s Rugby World Cup in Edmonton, Canada but failed to advance into the medal round, finishing fifth. In these 12-team events, only four nations move on to the semi-finals, and, even though the Eagles went 2-1 in pool play, it was insufficient as points differential relegated them to a lower bracket.
England shut out the USA 18-0 in the pool opener, and this whitewash would prove the main reason that impeded a better tournament result. What followed were two contests; the first versus Ireland, a 24-11 win, and a narrow 10-6 victory against Australia.
The Eagles beat Australia again 29-12 to advance into the fifth-sixth place round where they shut out Scotland 24-0 in their best game of the tournament.
New Zealand achieved a three-peat, defeating England for the gold medal, while France finished third, beating Canada.
Three Eagles made the All Star XV: Phaidra Knight, Captain Jen Crouse, and Ellie Karvoski. The team was coached by Kathy Flores.