Women’s rugby prepares for England « quarterfinal »

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In order to win a World Cup, you must beat the best teams in the world.

On Saturday, Canada’s women’s rugby team has an exciting opportunity to compete against one of the strongest rugby nations in the world, England, in what the team is considering a “World Cup Quarterfinal”.

Both Canada and England have secured two bonus point victories against Samoa and Spain in Marcoussis, France, which sets up a winner-take-all scenario for the weekend’s test match. Whoever emerges victorious on Saturday will book their ticket to Stade Jean Bouin in Paris for the August 13 semifinal.

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At the Women’s Rugby World Cup (WRWC), one team from each of the three pools automatically advance to the Semis, with the fourth spot going to the next best team from any pool based on tournament points and pointers for and against.

While still mathematically in the running for the fourth and final…

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Ireland shock four-time champions New Zealand

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Irish players celebrate after defeating New Zealand. Photo: IRB Irish players celebrate after defeating New Zealand. Photo: IRB

Ireland produced one of the shocks of Women’s Rugby World Cup history by beating four-time world champions New Zealand on an historic day at Marcoussis. As a result of their 17-14 victory, Philip Doyle’s side has taken command of Pool B with a two-point lead now established over the Black Ferns and USA, who meet in the final round of pool fixtures on Saturday.

Another mouth-watering tie lies in wait in Pool A where England and Canada are separated only by points difference at the top of the table, after both teams recorded their second consecutive bonus-point wins of the competition.

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The big news from the weekend was the NSW Waratahs winning their first title in 19 years of Super Rugby, overcoming their bogey team, the Crusaders, in front of a record crowd of nearly 62,000 at ANZ Stadium. The one-point victory was only sealed in the final minute, with huge celebrations erupting at the final whistle.

The Waratahs celebrate winning the 2014 Super Rugby competition

The Waratahs started the match in superb fashion, racing to a 14-0 lead in just 14 minutes thanks to three penalties to Bernard Foley and a try to Adam Ashley-Cooper. The Crusaders soon hit back through a converted try, and following two penalty goals to both sides, the Waratahs held a 20-13 halftime advantage. The deficit was very quickly erased, as Nemani Nadolo crossed three minutes after the break to lock up the scores at 20-all, and when Colin Slade kicked a penalty to put…

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Leinster Rugby 2014/15 Canterbury European Shirt

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For the last year or two, Canterbury has developed a bit of a reputation for producing some of the most handsome rugby shirts in the game. By and large, that reputation has been born from the UK-based firm turning out a series of classic, simple-looking shirts that often recalled classic designs of rugby’s good ol’ days. The brand new Leinster European shirt takes all this, and turns it right on its head.

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