The Black Ferns have a fabulous record at the Women’s Rugby World Cup, having won all four of the tournaments since they were officially sanctioned by the IRB back in 1998. (Take that, All Blacks.)
The 2014 Cup kicked off in France on 1 August when the Ferns took care of Kazakhstan 79-5.
But – and it’s a helluva but – normal transmission was interrupted when Ireland beat the Ferns 17-14. (The only other example I could find of an Irish national rugby side beating a New Zealand national rugby side was a 1973 Sevens tournament held in Scotland. So it is rightly a very big deal for the Irish.)
The structure of the tournament – three pools of four teams – means that the Ferns are now in real danger of missing out on making the semis. The three pool winners go through, and just one of…
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