Final Pool Matches Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017

The final pool matches at the Womens Rugby World Cup 2017 take place on Thursday.

This tournament will no doubt favour those countries with strength in depth, at a World Cup where teams are expected to win five matches in 17 days.

England, with a fully  proffesional squad, and great strength in depth, have a big advantage over their rivals, a fact confirmed by their coach Simon Middleton, and it is difficult to imagine that the Red Roses, along with New Zealand, will not make the semi finals.

That leaves the USA, Canada, France and  hosts Ireland to fight it out for the final two places.

Ireland have to beat an inform French team who demolished Australia last Sunday, whilst the host nation struggled to see off Japan.

Canada will probably need a bonus point against New Zealand to have a chance of going through as the best runner up, as the USA are a point ahead of them going in to their last game against England.

So the semi finals could end up with New Zealand playing Canada for the second time in four days, and England facing either France or Ireland.

It’s going to be an epic day on Thursday

Here are the fixtures and the current pool standings 

Canada v New Zealand Billings Park 12pm

Wales v Hong Kong UCD Bowl  5.15pm

England v USA Billings Park 2.30pm

Italy v Spain UCD Bowl 2.45pm

Australia v Japan Billings Park 5pm

France v Ireland UCD Bowl 7.45pm

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