RugbyFest 1990

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RugbyFest 1990
Tournament details
Host nation  New Zealand
Dates 1990-08-19 – 1990-09-01
No. of nations 4
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  New Zealand
Tournament statistics
Matches played 7

RugbyFest 1990 (officially the "Women's World Rugby Festival") was a two-week festival of women's rugby, held in Christchurch, New Zealand between 19 August and 1 September 1990. The event has been inflated sometimes to the status of a mini-world cup. In reality with only four teams taking part, and lacking major nations such as France, England and Canada, it was never that. However it was still a significant step forward – the first ever world-wide multi-regional women's rugby tournament. Held only eight years after the first women's international it was a sign of how much the game had already expanded.

Status of internationals played at RugbyFest[edit]

Teams from Asia, North America and Europe took part alongside local sides in a series of 15-a-side fixtures. Participants included four "national" teams (originally there were to have been five, but Japan withdrew) and featured what are held by many to be the first internationals ever played by New Zealand and USSR/Russia.

In practice there is some dispute about how "official" the national teams were, not least because in some cases there was not yet a national women's governing body to grant official status. So, for example, the USA RFU considers all games by the USA team against "national" XVs at the tournament to be official "tests" whereas the New Zealand (or at least the New Zealand rugby almanack) lists the games as unofficial "New Zealand XV" fixtures - but includes data from the tournament in its official player statistics.[1] As the IRB provides no "official" ruling or listing of women's rugby internationals (the only list of any sort appears here) it can only be for the reader to decide on the status of these games.

"International" fixtures[edit]

Final table[edit]

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against
1  New Zealand 3 3 0 0 73 3 6
2  United States 3 2 0 1 73 9 4
3  Netherlands 3 1 0 2 12 90 2
4  Soviet Union 3 0 0 3 4 52 0

Results[edit]

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26 August 1990 New Zealand  56–0  Netherlands Christchurch [1/16/1]
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28 August 1990 New Zealand  8–0  Soviet Union Christchurch [2/1/1]
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29 August 1990 Netherlands  0–38  United States Christchurch [17/4/1]
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30 August 1990 Netherlands  12–4  Soviet Union Christchurch [18/2/1]
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30 August 1990 New Zealand  9–3  United States Christchurch [3/5/1]
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31 August 1990 United States  32–0  Soviet Union Christchurch [6/3/1]
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1 September 1990 New Zealand  12–4   World XV Christchurch [4/1/1]

Other "national team" fixtures[edit]

The festival also included a number of games between the "national" teams and local sides. Results were:

 Netherlands:

  • 19 August 1990 Canterbury "B" 4, Netherlands 12
  • 20 August 1990 Crusadettes 20, Netherlands 0
  • 20 August 1990 Burnside-Merrivale 6, Netherlands 12
  • 21 August 1990 Canterbury "A" 34, Netherlands 4
  • 22 August 1990 Netherlands w/o v Tokyo
  • 23 August 1990 Paremata-Plimmerton beat Netherlands (score not recorded)
  • 24 August 1990 Netherlands beat Nagoya (score not recorded)
  • 25 August 1990 Netherlands beat Tokyo (score not recorded)
  • 27 August 1990 Wellington 10, Netherlands 4
  • 1 September 1990 Auckland 25, Netherlands 0

 United States:

  • 27 August 1990 Canterbury 0, USA 12
  • 28 August 1990 Auckland 0, USA 6

 Soviet Union:

  • 19 August 1990 Canterbury "A" 20, USSR 0
  • 20 August 1990 Paremata-Plimmerton 0, USSR 0
  • 26 August 1990 Belfast 16, USSR 14
  • 27 August 1990 Auckland 25, USSR 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New Zealand Press Guide for the 2010 World Cup