It’s the final countdown to the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup (WRWC), and cries of “When are the Red Roses in action?” and “How can I watch them play?” fill the air. Well fear not, for this post contains all the information you need to follow the England team’s progress through the early stages of the WRWC this August.
When she takes to the field for the Red Roses in Ireland next month, Danielle ‘Nolli’ Waterman will be playing in her fourth Rugby World Cup. It is a testament to her enduring class, and her grit and determination after overcoming a serious knee injury a few years back, that she is still such a vital part of this England team. Continue reading
World Cup winner. World Player of the Year in 2016. Six Nations Grand-Slam-winner. Captain of the best women’s rugby team on the planet. Sarah Hunter’s trophy cabinet must be bulging with all that silverware, but what is it about her game that makes her one of the most decorated and well-respected players in the world? Continue reading
The Red Roses have named a 28-strong squad for the Rugby World Cup later this year.
Fresh from their International Series wins against Australia, Canada and New Zealand, the Red Roses’ squad is largely unchanged. It is also a vastly experienced side, with several players heading to their fourth World Cup.
The Red Roses have ended their tour in the most emphatic way, beating host country and world number one side New Zealand in Rotorua. Tries from Abbie Scott, Emily Scarratt, Lydia Thompson, Marlie Packer and Vicky Fleetwood helped England to an eight-point victory as they won 29 – 21.
England have named their side to face the Black Ferns on Saturday, coach Simon Middleton making seven changes to the team which beat Canada on Wednesday.
England have got their second win of the tour of New Zealand, but it was a much tougher test than their previous outing against Australia.
The Red Roses won 27 – 20 against a strong Canada side, scoring four tries through Lydia Thompson (2), Abbie Scott and Kay Wilson.
Their first score came after nine minutes, as Emily Scarratt took advantage of quick ball and broke from her own 22. She passed to Lydia Thompson, who showed great strength to bump off the full-back and break through another couple of tackles before being brought down about 20 metres short of Canada’s line.