As Twickenham hosted England’s open training day this week, it wasn’t just the men’s squads that were on show for the 5,000 people that turned out. With the Women’s Rugby World Cup kicking off next Friday the 20th at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford, it was a great opportunity for the ladies to gain some extra fans too.
Twelve countries will battle it out over five match days with the pool games being played on the first three days (August 20, 24 and 28). The semi-finals and final will then take place at the Twickenham Stoop on September 1 and 5.
Katy McLean is England’s vice-captain and she told Nick Heath how wary the side are of ensuring that their meticulous training bears fruit come match day. “We’re looking good but it means nothing unless you take your performance onto the pitch and that’s what we’ve got to do come Ireland next Friday.”
New Zealand arrive as favourites having won the last two world cups, but a thrilling win over their old rivals last November will give England heart. “We’ve beaten them here at Twickenham [but] they’re going to come ready to win this world cup and I’m sure the pressure means absolutely nothing to them.”
The pools are based on the 2009 standings of each of the 12 countries taking part:
Pool A: New Zealand, Wales, Australia, South Africa
Pool B: England, USA, Ireland, Kazakhstan
Pool C: France, Canada, Scotland, Sweden
Full audio from Nick Heath’s interview with Katy McLean is available below.
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