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Monday, July 14, 2008

The forgotten world championship

Women's rugby is not high profile at the best of times, but a tournament starting today gives media invisibility a whole new meaning. And interestingly enough its not the RFUW - or the RFU's - fault as they are not concerned with selecting these particular international teams.

This weekend will see the third World Student Rugby Championship, in Cordoba. This sevens tournament takes place every two years and the current holders of the women's title - and they are going for a hat-trick - are... not England, but Canada (who - incidentally - are the only participants whose rugby authorities are giving the tournament any coverage at all).

In fact England aren't even there - its a Great Britain team, selected by BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport - an organisation that many of you may become familiar with in a few years' time). And they will be up against not only Canada, but also France, Spain, Italy, and Bulgaria. Okay, not a great cross section of the rugby world, but other nations were invited by declined to attend. You can only beat the teams that turn up.

The tournament starts on Thursday, and GB must be in with a good chance - though who is playing for the team is a complete mystery! But despite it all this is a tournament worth watching - after all maybe come 2010 or 2012 or 2014 one the players in the squad might be one of you?

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