Saturday, 15 May, 2021

Springbok Women's team in tough pool for Rugby World Cup

Fiao'o Faamausili holds the World Cup after the Black Ferns' win last year The Black Ferns will play Australia in their pool during next year's World Cup defence
Cary Erickson | 22 November, 2020, 07:39

England Women's head coach Simon Middleton has conceded it will not be "logistically possible" for his side to face off with World Champions New Zealand in a tournament warm-up game ahead of next year's World Cup.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, together with Rugby World Cup winners Melodie Robinson, Farah Palmer and Dan Carter, drew the balls for the ninth edition of the flagship women's event in in front of 400 guests at the SkyCity Theatre in Auckland.

The defending champions will face their transtasman rivals along with Wales and a soon to be determined final qualifier in Pool A.

Pool B sees Canada set to face US for the first time in the pool stages of a Rugby World Cup alongside Europe 1 and Asia 1.

"We need to demonstrate that people want to come out and support our Black Ferns because they are exceptional athletes, not women athletes, athletes".

"We are committed to a spectacular Rugby World Cup 2021 and we can't wait to welcome all 12 teams to Aotearoa New Zealand".

Senior Pentagon official infected with Covid-19
Tata, and are taking appropriate precautions in accordance with CDC guidelines", according to the Thursday statement from Hoffman. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows tested positive after attending an election night party at the White House.

With semi-professional France now failing to register a win over England since the start of 2018, next year's World Cup in New Zealand - the first in the southern hemisphere - is likely to boil down to a two-horse race between the Red Roses and the Black Ferns.

Ardern said New Zealand's success containing the coronavirus pandemic - allowing domestic life to return to near-normal - gave the tournament "an extra-special dimension for the whole world".

"And finally an opportunity to extend the manaakitanga that New Zealand is famous for".

"We are blessed with so many fantastic players and role models - a golden generation of stars, performing at the highest level of the game, who inspire females of all ages to have the confidence to get out and give rugby a try; be it for fitness, competition or fun".

"The World Cup is an opportunity to. provide inspiration for girls and boys and an opportunity to keep breaking down gender discrimination in sport", she said.

"Today marks an important step towards that ambition".