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Friday, November 14, 2008

It could be worse...

When complaining about newspaper and media coverage of women's rugby its difficult to believe at times that it could be worse. But it could.

You may have thought that the next world cup is in 2010 - but there is a women's rugby world cup going on right now. Its nearly finished - the final will be is this weekend, between Australia and New Zealand - and England have finished third after a play-off earlier today. 

In case you haven't yet guessed this is Women's Rugby League World Cup. You may not have realised that there WAS an England women's team, never mind a world cup, but clearly there is. But you'd be forgiven for not knowing because media coverage has been practically nil. The tournament has no website, and even news pages on women's rugby league sites in Australia have been unable to compile a complete set of results. RFUW may like to have more media coverage, but the England union team are clearly media superstars compared with their league colleagues

So let's acknowledge the performance of the "other" England women's team. A little digging reveals that they were up against seven teams opponents - New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Australia, France, Russia, Samoa, and Tonga. England finished runners-up in their group with 74-0 and 54-4 wins over the Russia and France and a 22-4 defeat to Australia. On Wednesday they lost their semi-final 16-4 to New Zealand, resulting in today's third-place play-off against Pacific Islands which England won 20-0.

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