The Women’s World Cup in Ireland has been a huge success.
Record numbers of people watched matches, engaged in social media and some of the largest crowds for the game turned out.
New Zealand’s Black Ferns came out on top in an incredible final against England that saw 11 tries scored. These included a hat-trick for the New Zealand prop Toka Natua. It could be argued that the most remarkable feat was the fact that try-scoring weapon Portia Woodman didn’t touch the ball for 36 minutes. So many subplots and stories. What happened in the changing sheds at halftime for the Black Ferns to turn it around in such style?
However, the tournament was more than just the epic final. The USA turned up in force to escape the pool stage. Both Canada and Ireland will be disappointed with their performances. And a World Cup bow for Hong Kong showed the game is spreading its wings.
Off the field, the sport took giant strides into the consciousness of the average rugby punter. But what does it all mean? Will this be a watershed moment for the sport? What does World Rugby need to look at? And how about that skill level!?!
All of these questions and more are answered in The Shed…
From The Shed
Author: Steven Prescott
I am a total sports fanatic; it is as simple as that. I love all sports, and when I’m not sitting at my computer living my dream with The 1014, I am planning adventures. The last time I did this I ended up convincing my wife to cycle 26,125km across three continents, and 22 countries with me as part of the Pedalling Prescotts.