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Monday, September 6, 2010

Women's Rugby World Cup

If you have not watched any of the Women's Rugby World Cup games, you are missing out on some of the best rugby you'll ever see. I am impressed with the skill and talent of these women, and I have enjoyed watching these exciting and highly entertaining games. They are tough and they hit hard, but they also play a much more skill based game than what I see from the men. Ball handling, rucking and mauling, open field running - all top notch.

Watch full games online at the Women's World Cup site. Go to the Video page.

For a great re-cap of the final between New Zealand and England, take a look at Tom Fordyce's Blog.

The final game was really something. After watching New Zealand play a couple of matches I thought there would be no way that anyone could beat them. It was a nail biter though. England are tough and talented, and they pushed New Zealand to the limits.

I didn't watch enough games to make really knowledgeable picks, but from what I saw there were a few standouts, especially in the New Zealand (known as the Black Ferns) and England squads. I also don't know many of the women's names, shame on me.

Carla Hohepa (14, Black Ferns) - Top scorer in the tournament, and you can see why when she runs. Amazing. She couldn't have done it without fantastic support from the rest of the team, especially the rest of the back line.

New Zealand's Hooker, Fiao'o Fa'amausili I believe. Outstanding.

England's strong side Flanker (#7), possibly the best player in the tournament. She's got more talent in her big toe than I have in my whole body. Fun to watch her play.

England's Scrum Half (#9). She doesn't fit the look of a scrum half, but what does that matter (or mean, even) when you play that well.

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