HOUSTON, TX – Our Weekend Rugby Wrap-Up is usually one piece, but with some much going on in Women’s rugby, we needed to break it in two. Please to be sure to check out the rest by clicking this.
Houston 7s: In a precursor to what could easily be the Olympic Gold Medal Game in 2016 Rio, Mother England and her audacious American daughters got into it in a Texas showdown. In the inaugural HSBC Women’s Sevens Series, host Team USA nearly accomplished the difficult task of hosting and winning a leg of the 7s tour. For some odd reason, that rarely happens in 7s. But while the Eagles cut a path through every challenger to get to the final, England were not to be denied and did their part in ensuring a weekend sweep for England Rugby. In a fantastic final, England proved to be too much for the USA, led by a hat-trick for Joanne Watmore. Now fast forward to 2016… Don’t you think Vanesha McGee and her USA teammates would be happy with an Olympic silver medal? You bet they would.
Here are the scores:
Cup Final: England 29 – 12 United States
(3rd) Australia 17 – 12 New Zealand (4th)
Plate Final: Netherlands 10 – 29 Russia
Bowl Final: Japan 7 – 12 Brazil
Be sure to listen for RWU contributor Phaidra Knight doing color commentary in this:
Women’s 6 Nations: In a rare event, the same countries that won the Men’s 6N won the Women’s 6N. Top-ranked England steamrolled Scotland as they continue to build on their number 1 ranking… Italy upset the French by the smallest of margins. The win may have helped motivate the men… you never know… In another tight contest, Ireland scored a late try to put the match between them and Wales out of reach.
Here are the results:
Italy 13 – 12 France
England 76 – 0 Scotland
Ireland 12 – 0 Wales
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