Monday, August 30, 2010
Success for North American Women
In the pool stage which was completed on Saturday August 28, both participating countries from the Americas had success. The United States Faced Asian qualifiers, Kazakhstan in their first match and totally outplayed them in winning 51-0. The United States were unable to win their other pool matches but did compete well. Canada were able to win two of their three pool matches. They defeated Scotland 37-10 in their first match and Sweeden 40-10 in their second before losing to France in their final pool match. In winning two pool matches Canada finished second in their group which gives them the opportunity of finishing 5th over all. The will face Scotland on September 01 in a rematch to determine who finishes 5th in the world while the United States will go up against Ireland with the winner claiming 7th spot.
In the 2006 Women´s Rugby World Cup Canada finished 4th and the USA 5th. The best performance from a Women´s team from the Americas was in the first ever Women´s World Cup when the United States won the title in 1991 after defeating New Zealand 7-0 in the semi-final and England 19-6 in the final. They also did very well in 1994 and 1998 when the United States won the silver medal on both occassions. This underlines the strength of having the Americas strongest team, Argentina, host Rugby World Cup 2023. The Americas has better Women´s teams than Rugby World Cup host nations such as Japan, South Africa and Wales. Canada hosted the Women´s Rugby World Cup in 2006 with Heather Moyse being the tournaments top scorer as the hosts finished fourth.