GUILDFORD, UK - U.S. Women’s National Team players and staff eagerly await the start of Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010 coming this Friday as the global showcase tournament will elevate the sport to new levels of awareness around the world via an unprecedented broadcast platform.
The event features the world’s best female players qualifying for the 17-day tournament via the first ever global qualification process. Six automatic qualifying teams include, three-time defending champions New Zealand, 2006 runners-up England, 1991 champion USA, France, Canada, and South Africa. Kazakhstan, Australia, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Sweden have also qualified through an extensive competition process.
The U.S. Women’s National Team faces off against Kazakhstan on August 20th as their first Pool B matchup at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford followed by contests against Ireland on August 24th and England on August 28th. Semi finals and final matches will take place at the Twickenham Stoop on Wednesday, September 1 and Sunday, September 5.
“Women’s Rugby World Cup has redefined the boundaries of Women’s Rugby over the years, producing memorable encounters, outstanding Rugby and positioning the Women’s Game in front of global audiences. Through an irresistible platform of record TV coverage, highly-competitive matches, unprecedented media interest and strong public support, I am sure that Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010 will take the Women’s Game to new levels, attracting new audiences in the UK and around the world,” said IRB Vice Chairman Bill Beaumont at the official launch in City Hall, London.
“I would like to thank the many people at the RFUW and RFU who have worked tirelessly to ensure that Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010 is the biggest and most successful tournament to date. With all the teams here we can look forward to a wonderful festival of world-class rugby played in impressive venues in front of large enthusiastic audiences. It promises to be an event not to be missed.”
“We are ready and excited for our first match against Kazakhstan on Friday. We’ve been working towards this since the last Women’s Rugby World Cup – we have put work in at the weight room, on the track, in every preparation match, all with this event in mind. We have come so far, and now that we are here, it is so thrilling and we are looking forward to rising to the challenge,” said U.S. Captain, Ashley English.
The U.S. draws Kazakhstan this Friday, August 20 at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford. To send a “shout out” to the U.S. Women’s National Team or to purchase exclusive supporters’ merchandise log on to www.wewantrugby.com. For more information on the U.S. Women’s Rugby World Cup experience, visit www.usarugby.org.