Women's Rugby World Cup
England Women came home on Monday after beating Canada 21-9 in the World Cup Final... Their victory has been hailed as a giant step forwards for women in sport, especially for women's rugby in England. Here are three lessons we can all learn from the England Women's Rugby team...
As I sat there watching the last few seconds tick ever closer to confirming England's place a-top of the Women's Rugby Union World, I asked, we aren't that bad at sport are we? ... we are actually in a golden period for British sport. If you go through the most popular sports in the UK, you will find we have world beaters everywhere, including football.
England Champions of the World, England Women World Cup Champions, England Women World Cup Winners, however you choose to phrase it, we will never tire of hearing it... this Women's Rugby World Cup catapults the sport forward in the UK and across the world and leaves a legacy that changes the Women's Rugby, for the better, forever.
Captain Katy Mclean hailed matchwinner Emily Scarratt as "a phenomenal player" after England won the Women's World Cup with
Today England Women face their toughest test since that heartbreaking World Cup Final four years ago... Ireland have shown that they are not afraid of anyone, their physicality is brutal... in just a few hours' time we will witness one of the greatest matches in the history of Women's Rugby.
Watch five of the best tries from round three of the Women's Rugby World Cup in Paris.
England will face Ireland in the Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final on Wednesday 13 August. Some might brush off Ireland and predict an easy English victory, however with the unpredictable twists and turns the tournament has taken so far, it won't be so black and white with who proceeds to the final on Sunday 17 August.
England have featured in 5 of the 6 tightly contested Women's Rugby World Cup finals since its inauguration in 1991, being named champions just once in 1994... England haven't had a very happy summer of sport, and England Women's Rugby stand a good chance at grasping international glory in the coming weeks.