Thursday, 2 September 2010

The Final Countdown

photo: rugbymatters.net
Well, as expected, the Women's Rugby World Cup final on Sunday will feature England vs New Zealand, after both teams won their respective semi-finals yesterday.

England put away a cussed Australia 15-0, but will face a huge task against the reigning champion Black Ferns who apparently have not lost a World Cup game since their semi-final defeat against the United States in 1994 and who comfortably saw off France 45-7 yesterday at the Stoop.

For both teams (and indeed all the other teams in the tournament) Sunday will be the 5th game in 17 days - which is a tremendous achievement in itself and testament to the fitness and conditioning levels of the players involved.

Inevitably mainstream media coverage of the tournament has been patchy at best but John Birch over at the Letchworth Girls Rugby blog has covered more or less every second...

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

John has done a lot in collaboration with www.scrumqueens.com - he writes for them as well - they are the first independent women's rugby website and worth a look. Cheers for mentioning this though, as you say the mainstream media have been rubbish (especially Paul Ackford's article after day 1 which ridiculed the fact that some of the players have some body fat! a) they are women and will have more body fat than men, and b) they are amateur and play international rugby alongside their day jobs, of course they aren't all as toned as the male pros! Sorry, will get off my high horse now.)

Total Flanker said...

Noted. Happy to mention www.scrumqueens.com - there, just did it :)

Anonymous said...

the reigning champion Black Ferns who apparently have not lost a World Cup game since their semi-final defeat against the United States in 1994

Since 1991 actually. The Black Ferns didn't compete in the 1994 WRWC.

Total Flanker said...

I stand corrected :)