Monday, August 04, 2014
The Women's Rugby World Cup 2014 kicked off in France on Friday, with defending champions New Zealand winning their opening match, and the home team pulling in a record TV audience. View all the match highlights plus the best tries from day one.
All 12 sides played their tournament openers on Friday, with wins for New Zealand, France, Canada, Ireland, Australia and England. Over a million people tuned in to watch the hosts beat Wales 26-0 in the last match of the opening day.
Sellout crowds saw stars of the Women's game take center stage, with players like Canada's Magali Harvey looking really impressive, as noted by former Welsh international, Non Evans.
"One player that stood out for me was Magali Harvey of Canada. She had such pace that Spain couldn't deal with it, although Spain were supposed to be the quicker of the two sides, with a lot of their girls playing in the Sevens programme.
"So many of these girls have Sevens experience that we're seeing real gas. You get them into space and some of these wingers are really standing out." said Evans.
The next day of play takes place tomorrow, Tuesday 5 August. The fixtures are; USA vs Kazakhstan, Australia vs Wales, England vs Spain, Canada vs Samoa, New Zealand vs Ireland and France vs South Africa.
Below are the Top Five Tries scored on day one, including one of those from Harvey, but you can also view all the highlights from all six matches on the next page of this post, page two.