Nations Cup (Women's rugby) 2008
|2008 Women's Nation's Cup|
|Champions||England (U20 & Senior)|
|Runners-up||Canada (U20 & Senior)|
The Nations Cup tournament was played for the first time at Esher RFC, England, in August 2008. An Under-20 version also took place in Canada a month before.
This was the first of what is planned to be a regular tournament involving major Northern Hemisphere women's rugby nations. The first event was originally promoted as including England, USA, Canada, Wales and France - but by the time the match schedule was published only the first three nations had confirmed their participation. The U20 had similar withdrawals, being eventually limited to only Canada, England and Wales.
England dominated both tournaments, only being pushed close by the USA in the opening game of the senior tournament. The USA were unable to maintain this performance against Canada, however, losing their fourth successive international against their North American rivals (their worst run ever) to finish third overall. For Canada, despite the heavy defeat to England, runners-up spot confirmed their position in the top four of women's rugby.
Under 20 Nations Cup 2008 (Appleby College, Oakville, Canada)
|2008-07-11||Canada U20||5-31||England U20||Oakville, Ontario||[-/-/-]|
|2008-07-14||Canada U20||22-0||Wales U20||Oakville, Ontario||[-/-/-]|
|2008-07-16||England U20||14-3||Wales U20||Oakville, Ontario||[-/-/-]|
|2008-07-19||Canada U20||7-30||England U20||Oakville, Ontario||[-/-/-]|
Nations Cup 2008 (Esher RFC, England)
|2008-08-22||England||17-14||United States||Esher, England||[144/64/9]|
|2008-08-26||Canada||15-0||United States||Esher, England||[67/65/21]|
Nations Cup 2009