Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Women's Rugby World Cup-What Are England's Chances?

In August 2010 lots of women rugby players are arriving to
Surrey to play in the Women's Rugby World Cup. There are
12 teams competing at a brand new Surrey Sports Complex.
They will spend the next few days training and polishing
off their team play and tactics.

The champions New Zealand were the first to arrive on
Saturday in order to be able to have more time to get over
jet lag. They are in Pool A with Australia, Wales and
South Africa. England is in Pool B with Ireland,
Kazakhstan and USA. In pool C there are Scotland, France,
Canada and Sweden.

The 2010 Women's Rugby World Cup will be the sixth in its
history. The first ever was held in Cardiff in April 1991.
The 12 teams in 1991 were the hosts Wales, Canada,
England, France, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New
Zealand, Spain, Sweden, USA and the USSR. England and USA
made it to the final with USA winning 19-6. The following
tournament, played 3 years later, saw England getting
revenge against USA in the final. It was a compelling game
in which England beat USA 38-23.

Gill Burns, a player for the England squad in 1994, who is
an iconic figure in the history of Women's Rugby today sits
as President of the Rugby Football Union for Women. She
believes that England's current players have a good chance
to enjoy success again on home soil. Gill Burns remembers
that in her day it was belief, teamwork and mental strength
that carried her team through to win the Women's Rugby
World Cup in 1994.

She believes that the home venue will have a great
advantage for the English girls, who with the crowds behind
them will have every chance of being the champions.
However they need to be careful not to become complacent
even though they got the Grand Slam in this year's Six
Nations. Their win over France was by no means an easy one
and was tense and exciting, with France leading right up
until the last few minutes of the match. In the history of
Women's Rugby World Cup England have made it to every
single final however they only enjoyed victory in 1994.
Gill Burns was a ballet dancer from a young age as well as
excelling in a variety of sports. She only took up rugby
aged 23 and within a year was wearing the England rugby
shirt, which is something that she says would not happen
due to advancements in today's women's rugby. These days
the players have several years experience and are very
polished by the time they get into the rugby team.

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