2006 Women's Rugby World Cup

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2006 Women's Rugby World Cup
Coupe du monde de rugby féminin 2006
Tournament details
Host nation Canada
Dates2006-08-31 – 2006-09-17
No. of nations12
Final positions
Champions  New Zealand (3rd title)
Runner-up  England
Tournament statistics
Matches played30
Top scorer(s)Canada Heather Moyse (35)
Most triesCanada Heather Moyse (7)
2002
2010

The 2006 Women's Rugby World Cup (officially IRB Rugby World Cup 2006 Canada) took place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The tournament began on 31 August and ended on 17 September 2006. The 2006 tournament was the third World Cup approved by the IRB, the previous two being held 2002 in Spain and in the Netherlands, in 1998. The Black Ferns of New Zealand won the 2006 World Cup, defeating England in the final, as they had in 2002. It was New Zealand's third successive title.

The semi-finals were also direct repeats of the 2002 tournament – in fact five of the top six places in the final rankings were unchanged. Elsewhere the USA advanced from 7th in 2002 to 5th, and Ireland climbed from 14th to 8th while Australia (5th to 7th), Spain (8th to 9th), and Samoa (9th to 10th) slipped down.

The period prior to the competition had not been without controversy. The decision to award the hosting of the competition to Canada ahead of a strong bid from England surprised many.

In addition – apart from in Asia – there were no qualifying tournaments for the 2006 World Cup. Instead teams were invited to take part by the IRB with selection based on performances at the World Cup in 2002 and in international matches between 2002 and 2005. This resulted in accusations of a lack of clarity in regard to some selection decisions. In particular the awarding of the final place in the tournament to Samoa instead of Wales (following a poor performance by Wales in the 2005 Six Nations) was the cause of some controversy and comment prior to the event.

Qualifiers[edit]

Asia[edit]

2005-06-03
Hong Kong 0–78 Japan
Bangkok
2005-06-03
Thailand 0–67 Kazakhstan
Bangkok
2005-06-05
Thailand 20–18 Hong Kong
Bangkok
2005-06-05
Kazakhstan 19–3 Japan
Bangkok
Kazakhstan qualify

Tickets and sponsorship[edit]

Tickets had been available since July 2006 and they could be purchased online at Ticketmaster or by phone. There were individual and student tickets (for each of six match days), tickets for youth teams and clubs, corporate packages and a special "World Cup Pack" of $125 allowing access to all matches including the finals.[1][2]
The partners of this tournament were Toyota "Never Quit" Awards Program, Molson, Tait Radio Communications, Glentel, Budget, University of Alberta, Edmonton Airports and Clubfit. The event was covered by English language network Global TV, daily newspaper Edmonton Journal and radio stations CFRN 1260, CFBR 100.3 and CFMG 104.9.[3]
All matches were filmed and for the first time were available via streamed media.[4] The final was also broadcast live on TV in a number of countries, including the United Kingdom, and a one-hour TV highlights programme was produced by IMG for wider distribution, while these recordings are held as part of the IRB's World Cup archive.[5]

Match officials[edit]

On July 6, 2006 the IRB Referee Selection Committee announced the appointment of match officials, with twelve women officials selected for the tournament consisting of eight referees and four touch judges. This panel was assisted by experienced international referees George Ayoub, Lyndon Bray, Malcolm Changleng and Simon McDowell, who were appointed in April.[6] Other three touch judges from Canada Rugby Union were included in the final list.[7]

Format[edit]

The competition was contested over 18 days between 12 teams, allocated to four pools of three and structured into two parts:

  • a pool stage, with 18 matches played from August 31 to September 8;
  • a knockout stage, divided in semifinals and finals, played from September 12 to 17.

Pool stage[edit]

The first three match days saw a cross-pool league system in operation, with Pool A playing Pool D and Pool B playing Pool C, with points going towards one single division table for all four pools. Classification within each pool was based on the following scoring system:

  • four points for a win;
  • two points for a draw;
  • zero points for a loss of 8 points or more.

Bonus points were awarded for teams scoring 4 tries or more and losing by 7 points or less. No extra time were played.
Teams were ranked 1–12 on the basis of the most match points. If two teams were equal on match points for any position, then the following criteria would be used in this order until one of the teams could be determined as the higher ranked:

  • the winner of the match between the two teams;
  • the best differential between points scored for and points scored against;
  • the best differential between tries scored for and against;
  • the most points scored;
  • the most tries scored;
  • the toss of a coin.[8]

Knockout stage[edit]

After three match days, with each team having played three pool matches, positional semifinals were played with the top four-positioned sides vying to make the Women's Rugby World Cup final and all other sides playing matches in the final two rounds to decide tournament rankings.

If no winner could be determined within the time allowed, two teams should have played an extra time of 10 minutes each way with an interval of 5 and then eventually a kicking competition.[8]

Squads[edit]

Pools[edit]

Pool A[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
 New Zealand 3 3 0 0 137 7 +130 14
 Spain 3 1 0 2 14 115 −101 4
 Kazakhstan 3 0 0 3 22 97 −75 0

Pool B[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
 England 3 3 0 0 119 16 +103 14
 Australia 3 1 0 2 88 42 +46 6
 Ireland 3 1 0 2 48 67 −19 5

Pool C[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
 France 3 2 0 1 75 37 +38 10
 United States 3 2 0 1 34 35 −1 9
 South Africa 3 0 0 3 20 179 −159 0

Pool D[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
 Canada 3 2 0 1 131 71 +60 10
 Scotland 3 2 0 1 56 38 +18 10
 Samoa 3 1 0 2 32 69 −37 5

Pool matches[edit]

Round one[edit]

Round two[edit]

Round three[edit]

Knock-out stages[edit]

9th-12th place classification play-offs[edit]

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
12 September - St. Albert
 
 
 Samoa43
 
16 September - Edmonton (Ellerslie)
 
 South Africa10
 
 Samoa5
 
12 September - Edmonton (Ellerslie)
 
 Spain10
 
 Spain17
 
 
 Kazakhstan12
 
Third place
 
 
16 September - Edmonton (Ellerslie)
 
 
 South Africa0
 
 
 Kazakhstan36

Semi-finals[edit]

11th/12th place play-off[edit]

9th/10th place play-off[edit]

5th-8th classification play-offs[edit]

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
12 September - St. Albert
 
 
 Ireland10
 
16 September - Edmonton (Ellerslie)
 
 Scotland11
 
 Scotland0
 
12 September - St. Albert
 
 United States24
 
 United States29
 
 
 Australia12
 
Third place
 
 
16 September - Edmonton (Commonwealth)
 
 
 Ireland14
 
 
 Australia18

Semi-finals[edit]

7th/8th place play-off[edit]

5th/6th place play-off[edit]

Finals[edit]

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
12 September - Edmonton (Ellerslie)
 
 
 New Zealand40
 
17 September - Edmonton (Commonwealth)
 
 France10
 
 New Zealand25
 
12 September - Edmonton (Ellerslie)
 
 England17
 
 England10
 
 
 Canada6
 
Third place
 
 
17 September - Edmonton (Commonwealth)
 
 
 France17
 
 
 Canada8

Semi-finals[edit]

3rd/4th place play-off[edit]

World Cup Final[edit]


 2006 Women's Rugby World Cup winners 

New Zealand
Third title

Statistics[edit]

Teams[edit]

Points Team Matches Tries Conversions Penalties Drops
202  New Zealand 5 31 16 5 0 0 0
156  England 5 23 13 5 0 0 0
153  Canada 5 24 15 1 0 0 0
114  Australia 5 15 9 7 0 2 0
102  France 5 16 8 2 0 1 0
87  United States 5 14 7 1 0 2 0
80  Samoa 5 13 6 1 0 3 0
75  Kazakhstan 5 13 5 0 0 2 0
72  Ireland 5 11 4 3 0 1 0
67  Scotland 5 9 5 3 1 1 0
41  Spain 5 5 5 2 0 3 0
30  South Africa 5 5 1 1 0 3 0

Individual records[edit]

Top point scorers[edit]

Points Name Team Position Apps Tries Conv Penalties Drops
35 Heather Moyse  Canada Fullback 5 7 0 0 0
34 Emma Jensen  New Zealand Scrum-half 5 1 10 3 0
33 Valuese Sao Taliu  Samoa Fullback 5 5 4 0 0
31 Shelley Rae  England Fly-half 5 1 10 2 0
30 Sue Day  England Centre/Wing 5 6 0 0 0
Maria Gallo  Canada Centre/Wing 5 6 0 0 0
Amiria Marsh  New Zealand Fullback 5 6 0 0 0
Tobie McGann  Australia Fullback/Fly-half 5 2 4 4 0
29 Kelly McCallum  Canada Fly-half 5 0 13 1 0
27 Paula Chalmers  Scotland Scrum-half 5 1 5 3 1
25 Tricia Brown  Australia Wing 5 5 0 0 0
Catherine Devillers  France Wing 5 5 0 0 0
23 Pam Kosanke  United States Centre 4 2 5 1 0
21 Estelle Sartini  France Fly-half/Wing 5 2 4 1 0

Top try scorers[edit]

Tries Name Team Position Appearances
7 Heather Moyse  Canada Fullback 5
6 Sue Day  England Centre/Wing 5
Maria Gallo  Canada Centre/Wing 5
Amiria Marsh  New Zealand Fullback 5
5 Valuese Sao Taliu  Samoa Fullback 5
Catherine Devillers  France Wing 5
Tricia Brown  Australia Wing 5
4 Ellie Karvoski  United States Wing 5
Ruan Sims  Australia Centre/Wing 5
3 Stephanie Mortimer  New Zealand Wing 3
Claire Richardson  New Zealand Wing 4
Isabel Rodríguez  Spain Scrum-half 5
Jeannette Feighery  Ireland Wing 5
Delphine Plantet  France Number 8 5
Charlotte Barras  England Wing 5
Rochelle Martin  New Zealand Flanker 5
Melissa Ruscoe  New Zealand Flanker 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Women's Rugby World Cup tickets". July 14, 2006. Retrieved June 27, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "WRWC FAQs". Archived from the original on August 23, 2010. Retrieved June 27, 2010.
  3. ^ "WRWC Partners". Archived from the original on August 23, 2010. Retrieved June 27, 2010.
  4. ^ "IRB Women's Rugby World Cup 2006 on www.247.tv". Archived from the original on 22 July 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
  5. ^ "The Rugby World Cup Archive". Archived from the original on January 26, 2013. Retrieved June 29, 2010.
  6. ^ "It's a women's game... including the officiating". July 6, 2006. Retrieved June 26, 2010.
  7. ^ "2006 Women's RWC match officials". Archived from the original on August 23, 2010. Retrieved June 26, 2010.
  8. ^ a b "2006 Women's RWC rules". Archived from the original on August 23, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010.

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