Participating Teams for Women's World Cup

Australia First played in the 1930s, taken seriously in the ’90s. 1992 five teams staged first club championship. AWRU established in 1993.
Current playing numbers: 4411
Contact:
Meagan White
Canada Canada’s first women’s international was against USA on 14 Nov 1987. The side finished fourth at both the 1998 and 2002 Women’s RWCs.
Current playing numbers: 15400
Contact:
Martin Gallagher
England First took off in the 80s, with Richmond RFC the first to have a women’s section. Reached the final in 1991, won 1994, lost semis 1998 lost final 2002.
Current playing numbers: 11000

Contact:
Rosie Williams

France The first French team formed in 1965 and the Association Fran├žaise de Rugby Feminin (AFRF) was launched in Toulouse in 1970. Integrated into FFR since 1989.
Current playing numbers: 3600
Contact:
Wanda Noury
Kazakhstan Women’s rugby has a traditionally strong footing in Kazakhstan, where the main focus for developing the women’s game in the Asia region has been set.
Current playing numbers: TBC
Contact:
Luke O’Callaghan
Ireland The Irish Women’s Rugby Football Union formed 1992. First international against Scotland 1993. In 1995 the number of teams allowed for a divisional structure.
Current playing numbers: 12000
Contact:
Mark Andrews
New Zealand Champions in Amsterdam 1998 & in Barcelona 2002. NZ’s fastest growing women’s sport, with a Women’s NPC a talent showcase.
Current playing numbers: 9675
Contact:
Danika Charlton
Samoa Beat Ireland, Kazakhstan and Wales in 2002, promise to be strong competitors with many players in the NZ domestic leagues.
Current playing numbers: 1600
Contact:
Dawn Rasmussen
Scotland Hosted the second Women’s tournament 1994 after the Scotland Women’s Rugby Union had been formed in May 1993.
Current playing numbers: 24695
Contact:
Barb Wilson
South Africa In 2000 women’s ru
gby integrated into the SARFU family. Women’s Rugby is the fastest growing sport in the country.
Current playing numbers: 6700
Contact:
Mahlubi Puzi
Spain One of the first nations to embrace women’s Rugby, Spain did not play a test until 1991. First played in the Catalonia, there is now a thriving league.
Current playing numbers: 1160
Contact:
Rafael Amieva
USA Took American Universities by storm in 1972. 1990 women officially adopted US Eagles title, 1991 won first World Women’s Tournament in Wales.
Current playing numbers: 12200
Contact:
Anne Barry

2006 Standings

1. New Zealand
2. England
3. France
4. Canada
5. Scotland
6. USA
7. Australia
8. Spain
9. Kazakhstan
10. Ireland
11. South Africa
12. Samoa

2002
WOMEN’S RWC, BARCELONA
STANDINGS

1 NEW ZEALAND
2 ENGLAND
3 FRANCE
4 CANADA
5 AUSTRALIA
6 SCOTLAND
7 USA
8 SPAIN
9 SAMOA
10 WALES
11 KAZAKHSTAN
12 ITALY
13 IRELAND
14 JAPAN
15 NETHERLANDS
16 GERMANY

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