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With the Rugby Sevens World Cup starting next Friday, July 20th in San Francisco on NBC Sports, it’s a good time to review a past fifteen’s Women’s World Cup from 2006 when the event was held in Edmonton, Canada. The USA finished fifth out of twelve teams, going 4-1 in tournament play.
New Zealand won their third consecutive World Cup, beating England 25-17. The Black Ferns’ win marked their 14th game win streak in World Club competition.
The opening 18-0 loss to England eliminated the Eagles’ chances to play for any medal as both France and Canada advanced into the semis on better records. France defeated the hosts 17-8 for the bronze medal.
The USA Women shutout Scotland 24-0 to take fifth place, a notch up improvement on their sixth place World Cup finish in 2002. Victories came from Ireland (24-11) and Australia (10-6) in pool play, and a second win over the Wallaroos (29-12) to meet the Scots in the 5th/6th place competition.
Three USA players – Jen Crouse, Phaidra Knight, and Ellie Karvoski – were named to the All Star XV. The Black Ferns placed four players.
Head Coach Kathy Flores encouraged the Eagles to bond with the South African Women as a “sister team.” The USA players all attended the Springboks game against Kazakhstan, forming a field exit tunnel for the South Africans at the end of the game.