2002 Women's Rugby World Cup

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2002 Women's Rugby World Cup
Tournament details
Host nation Spain
Dates2002-05-13 – 2002-05-25
No. of nations16
Champions Gold medal blank.svg New Zealand
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
1998
2006

The 2002 Women's Rugby World Cup was the second World Cup fully sanctioned by the sports governing body the International Rugby Board (IRB). The tournament was held in Barcelona, Spain. The format[note 1] was the same as the previous tournament and again 16 nations competed.

For the first time a pre-tournament qualification match took place to decide Asia's second representative but other than that all competitors took part by invitation. 14 of the 16 teams taking part were the same as in 1998 but two lowest ranked European teams (Sweden and Russia) were replaced by teams from Asia (Japan) and Oceania (Samoa).

The competition was won by defending champions, New Zealand.

Squads[edit]

Match Officials[edit]

Referees:

  • S Cortabarria (Spain)[1]
  • G De Santis (Italy)[2]
  • Nicky Inwood (New Zealand)[3]

Qualifier[edit]

[296]
2000-12-15 Hong Kong  0–62  Japan Aberdeen Park, Hong Kong [3/11/3]

Competition format[edit]

The format was the same as the previous tournament and again 16 nations competed. The teams were divided into four pools of four teams each, according to each team's seeding.

For the first set of matches the highest seeded team played the lowest seeded team while the two mid-seeded teams played each other. After the first round of matches the positions in each pool were recalculated with the winners of the first matches in first and second places, and the losers in third and fourth places. In the second set of matches, the top two teams and the bottom two teams from each pool played each other. The final pool standings were calculated from the results of these matches to give the final four positions in each pool.

The four top teams in each of the pools went forward to contest the World Cup title. The second placed teams from each pool play for 5th position (the Plate), the third place teams for 9th (the Bowl), and the fourth placed teams for 13th (the Shield). The four teams in each of these groups are reseeded to decide who plays who at this stage of the tournament.

The two winning teams from each of these 'semi-finals' then faced each other in the 'final', whilst the losing teams played each other.[note 2]

World Cup Tournament[edit]

Although not strictly speaking a knock-out as – in theory – a team losing a game on Day 1 could still qualify dependent on results on Day 2, in practice this was a complex tournament that is best understood by means of the following graphics. Note that this should not be taken to imply that the draw for any round of games was predetermined – each successive round was drawn using seedings and rankings based on previous matches:

Cup (positions 1–4)[edit]

 
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
May 13, 2002 – Pool A
 
 
 Germany0
 
May 17, 2002 – Pool A
 
 New Zealand117
 
 Australia3
 
May 13, 2002 – Pool A
 
 New Zealand36
 
 Australia30
 
May 20, 2002 – Semi-final
 
 Wales0
 
 New Zealand30
 
May 13, 2002 – Pool B
 
 France0
 
 United States87
 
May 17, 2002 – Pool B
 
 Netherlands0
 
 United States9
 
May 13, 2002 – Pool B
 
 France21
 
 France31
 
May 25, 2002 – Final
 
 Kazakhstan12
 
 New Zealand19
 
May 13, 2002 – Pool C
 
 England9
 
 England63
 
May 17, 2002 – Pool C
 
 Italy9
 
 England13
 
May 13, 2002 – Pool C
 
 Spain5
 
 Spain62
 
May 20, 2002 – Semi-final
 
 Japan0
 
 England53
 
May 13, 2002 – Pool D
 
 Canada10 3rd Place final
 
 Canada57
 
May 17, 2002 – Pool DMay 25, 2002 – 3rd Place Final
 
 Ireland0
 
 Canada11 France41
 
May 13, 2002 – Pool D
 
 Scotland0  Canada7
 
 Scotland13
 
 
 Samoa3
 

Ranking matches 5–8[edit]

Teams knocked out in the Cup quarter-finals

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
May 20, 2002
 
 
 Australia17
 
May 25, 2002 – 5th Place Final
 
 United States5
 
 Australia30
 
May 20, 2002
 
 Scotland0
 
 Spain16
 
 
 Scotland23
 
7th Place Final
 
 
May 25, 2002 – 7th Place Final
 
 
 United States23
 
 
 Spain5

Ranking matches 9–16[edit]

Teams defeated in the first round of pool matches

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
May 18, 2002 – Pool A
 
 
 Germany0
 
May 20, 2002
 
 Wales77
 
 Wales35
 
May 18, 2002 – Pool C
 
 Italy3
 
 Italy30
 
May 24, 2002 – 9th Place Final
 
 Japan3
 
 Wales14
 
May 18, 2002 – Pool D
 
 Samoa17
 
 Ireland0
 
May 20, 2002
 
 Samoa22
 
 Samoa14
 
May 18, 2002 – Pool B
 
 Kazakhstan3 11th Place Final
 
 Netherlands10
 
May 24, 2002 – 11th Place Final
 
 Kazakhstan37
 
 Italy3
 
 
 Kazakhstan20
 

Ranking matches 13–16[edit]

Teams defeated in the first round of the ranking matches for 9–16

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
May 20, 2002
 
 
 Germany0
 
May 24, 2002 – 13th Place Final
 
 Ireland18
 
 Ireland0
 
May 20, 2002
 
 Japan18
 
 Japan37
 
 
 Netherlands3
 
15th Place Final
 
 
May 24, 2002 – 15th Place Final
 
 
 Germany19
 
 
 Netherlands20

Match details[edit]

Pool A[edit]

Position
[note 3]
Nation Games Points Table
points
Overall
ranking
[note 4]
played won drawn lost for against
1  New Zealand 2 2 0 0 153 3 6 1st
2  Australia 2 1 0 1 33 36 4 8th
3  Wales 2 1 0 1 77 30 4 9th
4  Germany 2 0 0 2 0 194 2 16th
[361]
2002-05-13 Germany  0–117  New Zealand Cornellà de Llobregat, Barcelona [35/29/2]
[362]
2002-05-13 Australia  30–0  Wales Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona [14/68/1]
[369]
2002-05-17 Germany  0–77  Wales Girona, Barcelona [36/69/2]
[370]
2002-05-18 Australia  3–36  New Zealand Cornellà de Llobregat, Barcelona [15/30/6]

Pool B[edit]

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Overall
ranking
played won drawn lost for against
1  France 2 2 0 0 52 21 6 4th
2  United States 2 1 0 1 96 21 4 5th
3  Kazakhstan 2 1 0 1 49 41 4 11th
4  Netherlands 2 0 0 2 10 124 2 14th
[363]
2002-05-13 United States  87–0  Netherlands Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona [41/56/3]
[364]
2002-05-13 France  31–12  Kazakhstan Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona [77/27/3]
[371]
2002-05-17 Netherlands  10–37  Kazakhstan Girona, Barcelona [57/28/2]
[372]
2002-05-18 France  21–9  United States Girona, Barcelona [78/42/2]

Pool C[edit]

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Overall
ranking
played won drawn lost for against
1  England 2 2 0 0 76 14 6 3rd
2  Spain 2 1 0 1 67 13 4 6th
3  Italy 2 1 0 1 39 66 4 12th
4  Japan 2 0 0 2 3 92 2 15th
[365]
2002-05-13 England  63–9  Italy Cornellà de Llobregat, Barcelona [82/36/2]
[366]
2002-05-13 Spain  62–0  Japan Cornellà de Llobregat, Barcelona [45/12/1]
[373]
2002-05-17 Italy  30–3  Japan Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona [37/13/1]
[374]
2002-05-18 Spain  5–13  England Cornellà de Llobregat, Barcelona [46/83/8]

Pool D[edit]

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Overall
ranking
played won drawn lost for against
1  Canada 2 2 0 0 67 0 6 2nd
2  Scotland 2 1 0 1 13 14 4 7th
3  Samoa 2 1 0 1 25 13 4 10th
4  Ireland 2 0 0 2 0 79 2 13th
[367]
2002-05-13 Canada  57–0  Ireland Girona, Barcelona [33/45/1]
[368]
2002-05-13 Scotland  13–3  Samoa Girona, Barcelona [63/2/1]
[375]
2002-05-17 Ireland  0–22  Samoa Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona [46/3/1]
[376]
2002-05-18 Canada  11–0  Scotland Girona, Barcelona [34/64/2]

Play-offs[edit]

13th–16th[edit]

[377]
2002-05-20 Germany  0–18  Ireland Girona, Barcelona [37/47/3]
[378]
2002-05-20 Japan  37–3  Netherlands Girona, Barcelona [14/58/1]

9th–12th[edit]

[379]
2002-05-20 Wales  35–3  Italy Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona [70/38/4]
[380]
2002-05-20 Samoa  9–3  Kazakhstan Girona, Barcelona [4/29/1]

5th–8th[edit]

[381]
2002-05-21 Australia  17–5  United States Girona, Barcelona [16/43/2]
[382]
2002-05-21 Spain  16–23  Scotland Cornellà de Llobregat, Barcelona [47/65/9]

Semi-finals[edit]

[383]
2002-05-21 New Zealand  30–0  France Cornellà de Llobregat, Barcelona [31/79/2]
[384]
2002-05-21 Canada  10–53  England Girona, Barcelona [35/84/6]

Finals[edit]

15th/16th[edit]

[385]
2002-05-24 Germany  19–20  Netherlands Zaragoza [38/59/12]

13th/14th[edit]

[386]
2002-05-24 Ireland  23–3  Japan Girona, Barcelona [48/15/2]

11th/12th[edit]

[387]
2002-05-24 Italy  3–20  Kazakhstan Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona [39/30/2]

9th/10th[edit]

[388]
2002-05-24 Wales  14–17  Samoa Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona [71/5/1]

7th/8th[edit]

[389]
2002-05-25 Spain  5–23  United States Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona [48/44/2]

5th/6th[edit]

[390]
2002-05-25 Australia  30–0  Scotland Girona, Barcelona [17/66/2]

3rd/4th[edit]

Test no. 391
2002-05-25
France  41–7  Canada Olympic Stadium, Barcelona
Tries: Nathalie Amiela (2) Dalphine Plantet (2), Annabel Donnadieu, Clotilde Flaugere
Con: Estelle Sardini (2)
Pen: Estelle Sardini
Try: Julie Foster
Con: Kelly McCallum

Final[edit]

Test no. 392
2002-05-25
England  9–19  New Zealand Olympic Stadium, Barcelona
Pen: Shelley Rae (2)
Drop: Shelley Rae
Tries: Monique Hirovanaa, Cheryl Waaka
Pen: Tammi Wilson (3)


 2002 Women's Rugby World Cup Winners 

New Zealand
Second title

Final Table[edit]

Place Nation Games Points
won lost for against diff
1  New Zealand 4 0 202 12 +190
2  England 3 1 138 43 +95
3  France 3 1 93 58 +35
4  Canada 2 2 85 94 −9
5  United States 3 1 137 26 +111
6  Scotland 2 2 41 53 −12
7  Australia 2 2 63 54 +9
8  Spain 1 3 83 66 +17
9  Samoa 3 1 56 30 +26
10  Wales 2 2 126 50 +76
11  Kazakhstan 2 2 72 58 +14
12  Italy 1 3 45 121 −76
13  Japan 2 2 58 95 −37
14  Ireland 1 3 18 97 −79
15  Netherlands 1 3 33 180 −147
16  Germany 0 4 19 232 −213

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ There are 16 teams at the IRB Women's World Cup 2002. They are divided into four Pools of four teams each, according to each team's seeding. For the first set of matches the highest seeded team plays the lowest seeded team whilst the two mid-seeded teams play each other. After the first round of matches the positions in each Pool are recalculated with the winners of the first matches in first and second places, and the losers in third and fourth places. In the second set of matches, the top two teams and the bottom two teams from each Pool play each other. The final Pool standings are calculated from the results of these matches to give the final four positions in each Pool. The four top teams in each of the Pools go forward to contest the World Cup title. The second placed teams from each Pool play for 5th position (the Plate), the third place teams for 9th (the Bowl), and the fourth placed teams for 13th (the Shield). The four teams in each of these groups are reseeded to decide who plays who at this stage of the tournament. The two winning teams from each of these 'semi-finals' then face each other in the 'final' whilst the losing teams play each other.From the IRB tournament guide
  2. ^ From the IRB tournament guide
  3. ^ Position in each pool based on a) tournament points, b) result between sides on equal ponts, and c) match points difference
  4. ^ Teams were ranked according to the following criteria:
    • Most match points
    • Best points difference (points scored for minus points scored against)
    • Best tries difference (tries scored for minus tries scored against)
    • Best penalty kick difference (penalty kicks scored for minus penalty kicks scored against)
    • Most points scored for
    • Most tries scored for
    • Most penalty kicks scored for
    • Original Tournament seeding.
    This resulted in the following ranking:

    Semi-finals[edit]

    Place Nation Games Points
    won lost for against difference
    1  New Zealand 2 0 153 3 +150
    2  Canada 2 0 68 0 +68
    3  England 2 0 76 14 +62
    4  France 2 0 52 21 +31

    5th–8th[edit]

    Place Nation Games Points
    won lost for against difference
    5  United States 1 1 96 21 +75
    6  Spain 1 1 67 13 +54
    7  Scotland 1 1 13 14 −1
    8  Australia 1 1 33 36 −3

    9th–12th[edit]

    Place Nation Games Points
    won lost for against difference
    9  Wales 1 1 77 30 +47
    10  Samoa 1 1 25 13 +12
    11  Kazakhstan 1 1 49 41 +8
    12  Italy 1 1 39 66 −27

    13th–16th[edit]

    Place Nation Games Points
    won lost for against difference
    13  Ireland 0 2 0 79 −79
    14  Japan 0 2 3 92 −89
    15  Netherlands 0 2 10 124 −114
    16  Germany 0 2 0 194 −194
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  2. ^ "Experience counts for women," The Times (London, England) (May 27, 2002): p26 via http://womensrugbyhistory.blogspot.com/2002/02/experience-counts-for-women.html
  3. ^ "IRB ANNOUNCES FEMALE REFEREE PANELS." States News Service, 20 Sept. 2012. Academic OneFile, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A302923485/AONE?u=yorku_main&sid=AONE&xid=05d284b3. Accessed 9 Nov. 2018.