The championship game of the 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup tournament has arrived, and the English Women’s Rugby team is hoping to finally break the strangle hold that the New Zealand Black Ferns have had on the World Cup since 1998.
According to Sky News’ Julie-Anna Needham, the New Zealand Black Ferns are the best women’s team in the world, the equivalent to the All Blacks. And as recent history has shown, the Black Ferns have won when it counted – which has been pretty much every game they’ve played – especially in the World Cup, where they haven’t lost a match since the 1991 championship match, losing 7-0 to the United States.
Needham’s story states:
So England have a challenge on their hands but it is one they are ready for, says Joanna McGilchrist who plays in the second row.
England has racked up a recent win against the Black Ferns, beating them 10-3 in Twickenham, home of today’s Women’s World Cup finals today. And while England has focused on redeeming themselves from their 2006 loss to New Zealand, 25-17 in Canada, the championship is a pinnacle the English lasses won’t reach this year. Today’s prediction is a fourth-straight WRWC championship for the Black Ferns, 35-14.