Blog By: Riya Rathore
Japan have moved up three places to 14th in the World Rugby Women’s Rankings The Asian champions continued their mini tour of Europe with an emphatic nine-try victory that will have made their Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 rivals sit up and take notice. None of the four nations involved in the International Women’s Rugby Series have moved up or down in the rankings, although tournament hosts New Zealand and England did make marginal gains in their rating following Friday’s opening round wins over Canada and Australia.Number one side New Zealand picked up just over a tenth from their 28-16 win to move to 93.55 points, while closest rivals England boosted their total by a fraction under half a point to 90.17 with a 52-10 defeat of Australia. Australia’s Olympic gold medal-winning co-captains Shannon Parry and Sharni Williams will return to their 15s roots in June when the Wallaroos face the top three sides in the world.
Australia will face England in Wellington on 9 June, followed by trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand in Christchurch four days later with their final match of the series against Canada in Rotorua on 17 June as they ensure the most match preparation they will have had ahead of any World Cup campaign.The Wallaroos will use the series in New Zealand as an intense preparation camp for WRWC 2017. New Zealand coach Glenn Moore names a squad combining Women’s Rugby World Cup winners and sevens stars for the International Rugby Women’s Series on home soil next month. he first Women’s Rugby World Cup was held in 1991 and won by the United States. The 1991 and 1994 competitions were not officially sanctioned by World Rugby, then known as the International Rugby Football Board, at the time – they later received retrospective endorsement in 2009 when the governing body included the 1991 and 1994 champions in its list of previous winners. The format for the 2006 tournament split the 12 participating nations into four pools of three teams. Each nation played three games, after the completion of which a re-seeding process took place. Nations were moved into divisions dictated by their respective overall tournament ranking with the top teams proceeding to the knockout stages.The 2010 event maintained the number of teams participating at twelve, with regional qualifying tournaments. In previous tournaments teams were selected by the IRB based on international performances as opposed to qualification via regional tournaments.
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