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Sunday, September 05, 2010

Women's Rugby World Cup Final preview - England vs New Zealand

Women's Rugby World Cup Final preview - England vs New Zealand

The Womens Rugby World Cup final kicks off this evening at the Twickenham Stoop as hosts England look to upset favourites New Zealand in what promises to be another fascinating match in a tournament that has put womens rugby well and truly on the map.

With viewership around the world doubling since the last tournament, fans of the sport have taken note of whats been happening as the rugby on show has been nothing short of highly impressive.

Tonight the best two teams go up against eachother in front of thousands, and millions around the world. Womens rugby, which constantly fights a battle for respect in a male dominated sport, has come along way in that regard in the past few weeks.

While New Zealand have been the front runners in the game for the last three world cups, beating England in the last two finals, some believe that this England side have what it takes to topple the powerful Black Ferns.

The coach of the Wallaroos, who lost to England in a great game of rugby on Wednesday night, said that he fancies the home sides chances. "Well, New Zealand have the better players, but England might just have the better team," he said.

A lot of that will come down to attitude and determination, as this New Zealand team have blown all away in this tournament, including beating France 45-7 in their semi final.

England beat them the last time they played though, at Twickenham, so confidence will be high. Look out for fantastic runner Danielle Waterman at the back, and then on the flank Maggie Alphonsi, who has smashed everything in site and almost single handily managed to transform the image of the female form of the game.

The Black Ferns have fleet footed winger Carla Hohepa on the wing, and in captain Melissa Ruscoe they have a quality leader who will be seen contributing all over the park.

A quick shout out must also go to those in Christchurch who were devastated by the earthquake that hit a few nights back. Heres wishing them all the best and hoping that for their sake, the ladies bring home something to put a smile on their faces.

You can watch the game live on rwcwomens.com , with kickoff at 17:00 local time.


Time: 06:37

Posted at 1:26 pm | 23 comments

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Anonymous September 05, 2010 2:34 pm

come on NZ!

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Anonymous September 05, 2010 3:01 pm

Anyone got a link for the match other than the official one? They should be promoting this to as many people as possible if they want women's rugby in the UK to take off

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binthunter September 05, 2010 3:11 pm

Are all kiwi girls that ugly?

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Anonymous September 05, 2010 3:56 pm

its funny, that if you like in the UK, where the woman's RWC is being held, that the live stream from the IRB is blocked :/

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Anonymous September 05, 2010 5:10 pm

"Are all kiwi girls that ugly?"

As opposed to the English players, who are all model material... lmao

They're female rugby players dude

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Anonymous September 05, 2010 5:52 pm

Why are England playing a prop as number 9?!?

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WHYS September 05, 2010 6:54 pm

Please let there be a TSRB for the womens world cup, that hit in this video by the England Flanker is huge!

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binthunter September 05, 2010 11:17 pm

Yeah, they english players are mostly rough too. Kiwi players are just beastly looking though. I'm not english either so I wasn't making a comparison...just commenting in general.

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Jo.G September 06, 2010 1:46 am

binthunter said... Are all kiwi girls that ugly?

Are all the guys where you come from so stupid?

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Anonymous September 06, 2010 3:48 am

binthunter, are you retarded? It's a women's rugby team, you think they get chosen for their looks?

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Anonymous September 06, 2010 4:35 am

binthunter - you really are something... I for one find them attractive...

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Stubby September 06, 2010 6:02 am

in a word : Sweden

ummmmmm

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Anonymous September 06, 2010 6:29 am

Good game black ferns :)

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Anonymous September 06, 2010 7:49 am

I think the womens standard is good but they get so much time on the ball compared to many levels of mens rugby, tackling and general D-Line shape is generally pretty poor too. Hopefull England WRFC can work on this for the coming years.

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Anonymous September 06, 2010 11:05 am

The ref pissed me off man . As a neutral , i felt the ref was biased.

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Anonymous September 06, 2010 11:51 am

binthunter - you really are something... I for one find them attractive...

.................

Then you're in the closet

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binthunter September 06, 2010 1:42 pm

I'll admit that no.14, and possibly no.13, from NZ would get it. Still not a patch on no.9 from England though:D Nothing to do with people from my country being stupid; just very observing with most inhabitants privielged enough to have two eyes symetrically placed on rather aesthetically pleasing faces.

Ole!

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Rev.FredPhelps September 06, 2010 2:27 pm

"Are all kiwi girls that ugly?"

It's not the frogging Miss Universe pageant. It's rugby. Rugby players are SUPPOSED to intimidate their opponents. If you have a comment about the game make it otherwise go oggle at jello-wrestling.

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Anonymous September 06, 2010 3:22 pm

Well done girls, next time the cup will be yours.

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binthunter September 06, 2010 3:39 pm

Re the game. New Zealand were more imaginative in attack as England didn't attack the space well (there was plenty of it). England's no.7 was immense although perhaps more suited to the old tackle rules. Did the ref play to the old or new rules btw? Seemed inconsistent. NZ as a unit pilfered well. New Zealand also attacked laterally without speeding up ruck ball enough although credit to england for slowing them down.

Also, NZ no.9 had the right idea by putting box kicks into space. Unfortunatley her execution was off. One would hope that she employs better execution in the maintenance of her own box.

Btw... Dan Carter, Juan Martin Hernandez, Quade Cooper, Rob Kearney, Brian O'Driscoll, Clement Poitrenaud,Israel Dagg, Pocock, Brussow etc are very intimidating looking aren't they? Just because you're a rugby doesn't mean you are required to look like a bet down ogre

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cheyanqui September 07, 2010 12:33 am

glad to know that 50% of our analysis here is on the looks of the players.

does a NZL-RSA match get that much analysis around the looks of the players?

The level of play in the final was quite high, and deserve more respect than 99% of the rugby played by any of us (myself especially) on this blog

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Anonymous September 07, 2010 12:52 am

That English number 7 is fucking huge. She's gotta be on test.

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Anonymous September 07, 2010 1:47 am

It ws great to see such good quality Rugby! Well done ladies!!

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