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Saturday, August 30, 2008

England confirm international dominance

Its not exactly been front page news so let's record a word of praise to the England team who finished a highly successful summer with a 24-0 win over Canada at Esher last night.

This was England's second win over (arguably) the world's third best international formation* in a week, following on from the 43-9 win last Sunday which allowed England to lift the first Nations Cup. The USA were also beaten 50-3 and 17-14. Throw in the FIRA European Championship back in May, as well as the European and Home Nations Sevens titles (plus those sevens wins over New Zealand), and its been a pretty impressive performance by our leading players.

Never has such a sustained period of international sporting brilliance attracted less media coverage!

*Unlike the men's game there is no official world ranking for women's rugby - who knows why - perhaps the IRB can't be bothered, after all they hardly bust a gut when it comes to even listing women's international results (the "complete list" on their database has only around 700 matches missing...). However, looking at recent results I reckon its possible to come up with a reasonable stab at a top 10, which may be of some interest.

1. New Zealand
2. England
3. Canada
4. Wales
5=. Ireland, USA
7. France
8. Australia
9. Scotland
10=. Kazakhstan, Spain

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