England Head Coach Simon Middleton has whittled his training squad down to 28 as the Red Roses step up preparations for their three-test series against Canada this Autumn.
England Head Coach Simon Middleton has named an extended training squad of forty three players ahead of the Red Roses’ November series against Canada.
The squad will prepare for the Autumn tests with two training matches against South Africa on Wednesday 18th October and Sunday 22nd October, before an Elite Player Squad is named.
Summer’s over, and that means club rugby is back! With a flashy new name and a few new teams, the inaugural women’s Super Rugby season kicks off this weekend and it promises to be a cracker.
Two teams. Forty six players. Eighty minutes. One World Cup trophy. After nearly two weeks of scintillating women’s rugby, England and New Zealand emerged as the Rugby World Cup finalists, and as the two teams ran out on a clear Belfast evening, the stage was set for perhaps the greatest final yet.
This is it – the World Cup final is tomorrow night, and the two best teams in the world will face off in what promises to be a spectacular display of rugby.
The Red Roses, the defending champions, against New Zealand, World Number 1s. Both teams dominated their pool groups, but while New Zealand had a fairly easy win against the USA in the semi-final, England had to work incredibly hard to overcome a tough French side. With those games only four days ago, fatigue is almost certain to play a role in the outcome of the final.
The Red Roses have reached the World Cup final after overcoming a strong French side 20 – 3.
On a wet evening in Belfast, the two Six Nations opponents traded early blows, but it was the French who got off to the best start, putting the Red Roses under immense pressure in their own half. However, the English defence held firm and kept France out.
The Red Roses have booked their place in the World Cup semi-finals with a 47 – 26 win over the USA in their final pool match. Tries from McLean, Scarratt, Packer (2), Wilson Hardy and Cokayne, plus a penalty try, saw England safely through to the knock-out stages, but their opponents are also through after scoring a late bonus-point try.