Thursday, 19 February 2009

Women get the boot

The world of women's rugby was shocked to its core at the weekend as England suffered a 16-15 defeat at the hands of Wales at Taffs Well RFC on Saturday.

The defeat was England’s first reverse since losing the 2006 World Cup final to New Zealand, was their first ever defeat to Wales in the 22 year history of the fixture and ends England’s ambitions of achieving an unprecedented fourth consecutive Grand Slam.

Fielding a young and inexperienced team (many of the more experienced players being away on international sevens duty), England lost the game in the 78th minute when Welsh full-back Non Evans slotted a late penalty.

I guess England's impressive run of victories had to come to an end at some point and no doubt the youngsters in the team will learn from the experience - who knows, it may even be a good thing looking ahead to 2010.

Personally I blame the fact that they now have to wear the same godawful kit as the men.


John Birch said...

To give an idea of England's youth, the combined age of their two main points scorers this season (Pocock and Scarrett) is only 3 or 4 years more than the age of the Welsh fullback who kick the winning penalty...

As for the boot, clearly this is NOT used by the England women's rugby team. Look at the studs - its a soccer boot! This says more about that game than I could possibly suggest... including the inability of leading footballers to remain upright when breathed on too hard!

Ciaron said...

I take it you're not a Nike fan, T.F.?