England Get the Crown at the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014

Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014

England fans felt enough hasn’t been accomplished in the last 20 years when it comes to women rugby, but this time around, plenty of pleasant surprises were in store. Rugby world cup drought finally ended as England bagged the prestigious prize beating Canada 21-9. This sensational moment of glory was experienced in front of 22,000 spectators at Stade Jean-Bouin, Paris – a historic stadium built in 1925.

Interestingly, this long-awaited victory for England comes after a hat-trick of successive losses in the Women’s Rugby World Cup final at the hands of the New Zealand women rugby team.

England’s journey to the final at the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup was splendid right from the start. During the group stages, England beat Samoa and Spain and played a draw against their opponents in the finals, ‘Canada.’ Ireland was sent crashing out of the tournament in the semi-final stages as England finished 40-7.

The final encounter on Sunday, August 17, 2014 had a number of great England legends playing for the team and Emily Scarratt raced into the corner to seal the victory on the big day. The jubilant captain Katy Mclean had great praise for the Canadian side – “they were fantastic, but we worked really hard for this.’

Captain Kelly Russell leading the first time finalist Canadian team said she was proud of her girls. She also gave credit to the England players for being so brilliant. “They were the better team,” said Russell after the match.

As for the other playoffs, host nation France managed to finish third. The 2014 hosts defeated Ireland 25-18. New Zealand overcame USA and Australia beat Wales to steal the fifth and seventh spots respectively. The Spanish women’s rugby team secured the ninth place by beating South Africa. Samoa this year picked up their first victory in the playoffs and secured the 11th place in the tournament. Kazakhstan finished 12th in this year’s Women Rugby World Cup.

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