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Spain to host a Tier of WXV?

Reports from Madrid (www.elconfidencial.com/deportes/rugby/2024-01-03/espana-world-series-juegos-olimpicos-copa-mundo-seleccion_3802457/) suggest that the federation (RFER) has full confidence in Las Leonas in regaining their place in WXV2 this year. One possibility is that the tournament might take place in the Spanish capital. As with every other rugby nation, they have twin aims in view: the 2024 WXV and the 2025 World

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A Look Back at WXV – Part Two

Here’s a look at the way WXV worked out. Two issues are discussed here, Attendances and Venues Attendances Sally Horrox, World Rugby’s director of women’s rugby, admitted that crowds need to grow, but is sure they will. Optimism is always an asset for a person in so responsible a position. But she makes statements that

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A Look Back at WXV

Part One First, how did the top six nations get on? England They had an unusual approach to the new tournament: a new interim coach and new assistant coaches; the incoming coach just arriving from France, and with no experience of the women’s game. That was the set-up the RFU had ordained. One further bugbear:

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A Glorious Game of Rugby

Canada v France I shouldn’t call this the third topsy-turvy result of the series, but pre-match France had looked the out-and-out winners. No, the two nations have been competing for that third place in the world hierarchy for a long time. Today the Maple Leafs put on a show to remember. France won the first

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England Triumph

England v New Zealand England were the overwhelming victors of the final game in the WXV series. At last the Red Roses were able to answer all the lingering doubts about their pre-eminent place in world rugby. They beat the Black Ferns on their own patch by five tries to two. They took control from

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Let’s play Cards

Australia v Wales It’s a sad fact that Wales didn’t deserve to win this tight match. Once more cards played a central role. Siokapesi Palu was shown a red, the fourth of the tournament, for jumping into Jasmine Joyce with a dangerous shoulder-to-head tackle. After half-time Sera Naiqama was dismissed for ten minutes for pulling

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Canada v France – a Preview

A recent presentation by French rugby is most revealing. It is entitled ‘Future under Construction’. So it confirms the management’s policy of taking the strategic view. Their eyes are set firmly on the next World Cup and are willing to accept bumps in the road ahead. The first big bump was the loss to Australia.

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England v New Zealand – A Preview

For anyone who is strictly neutral, it’s a pity that these two old warhorses are once more sparring for a top place. For them and their supporters it is another final match of a series devoutly to be wished. The selections are shown below. The Permutations Almost inevitably, given the condensed nature of the competition,

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Australia v Wales

How things look It’s an indication of the tightness in the WXV structures that the Wallaroos have an outside chance of going home with the trophy. That’s less than probable, but the addition of the now familiar bonus points makes it possible. The Wallaroos are just one of several nations for whom the tournament has

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Match officials confirmed for WXV final round

World Rugby has confirmed the Emirates Match Official appointments for the final round of WXV 1 that will take place this weekend in Auckland, New Zealand Following the dramatic conclusion of WXV 2 and WXV 3 which saw Scotland and Ireland claim the respective titles by the narrowest of margins, all eyes are now on

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