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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Congratulations to the "other" England

A word of congratulations to the "other" England women's rugby team - the team that makes Catherine Spencer's team-mates seem high profile celebrities. The team that finished third in their World Cup in Australia. I am, of course, talking about the England Women's Rugby League team.

It must be slightly deflating to fight your way through to the peak of your sport, represent your country on foreign soil, come back with an unbeaten record, and still have your press coverage limited to a few paragraphs in the Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News. But such is life, presumably, for coach Brenda Dobek's young team (average age 22, with three U18s!). So its worth recording here that her team beat France 36-0 last Saturday, following up on their 28-8 win the Sunday before.

That performance co-incided with another piece of good news for Brenda and her team - the next Rugby League World Cup, with its intergrated women's competition, will take place in England in 2013.

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