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Saturday, June 19, 2010

World Cup: Next time its for real!

The sparing and testing is now over - the next time any players from the 12 qualifiers for the World Cup pull on a national shirt "in anger" it will be for the World Cup itself.

USA and Canada finished off what has been the most intensive period of pre-tournament internationals in the history of the Women's World Cup. With the notable exception of Australia, every qualifier has been on tour or have played in a major tournament in the last year.

The game took place at 1am our time at the exotically named Bear Mountain Stadium in British Columbia, where Canada and USA (WRWC 4th and 5th seeds) met for the 27th time on what looks like an artificial pitch (has any rugby international been played on a plastic pitch before, I wonder?). Canada came out 34-22 winners, thanks to an electric start - scoring in the first two minutes - and maintaining a comfortable lead throughout. With that they took the series 2-0, returning their World Cup campaign to the right direction after they appeared to be heading the wrong way after the Nations Cup last summer. For the USA there is more to work on - not least, perhaps, confidence having now lost three out of four this year against their local rivals.

There are a few largely behind-closed-doors training games planned - England are due to meet Wales a couple of times, and Scotland will be playing both Ireland and Wales - but other than that its going to be back to the training and conditioning camps for everyone until the big kick-off on 20th August.

  • There's an interesting article about Heather Moyes - Canada's bobsleigh hero, now returning to international rugby - here, saying how much the standard of rugby has improved in the two years she has been away.

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