December 06, 2021 1 min read
The United States got off to a flying start, winning the first world cup in 1991. They made the following two finals, but were outdone by the BNOCS, England and New Zealand. It is fitting that these two powerhouses took the Gold away for the US, as New Zealand and England went on to compete in the following 3 finals, with the Black Ferns winning all 3.
After this period of dominance there was finally a different team in the gold medal match, with Canada falling to the ever consistent England 21-9 at Stade Jean Bouin, Paris in 2014,
Ireland hosted the most recent World Cup, and you guessed it, England and New Zealand were there again in the final. Things proceeded as normal, with the Black Ferns claiming a 41-32 victory, winning their 5th World Cup. All England’s losses to New Zealand would have made the Red Roses’ 2021 triumph’s over the Black Ferns at at Sandy Park and Franklins Gardens, all the more sweet.
The World Cup opener is on October 8th next year, between France and South Africa. Whilst some pool games are sold out, tickets are still available for this fixture for as little as ten New Zealand Dollars. The final takes place on November 12th at Eden Park.
March 09, 2022 4 min read
As far as I'm concerned this last weekend's Heineken Cup encounters will be remembered primarily for confirming one thing – that Stade Toulousain are the true aristocrats of European rugby.