Thursday, 31 October 2013

Head coach Edwards happy to avoid top two in 2014 World Cup draw

Wales have drawn hosts France, Australia and South Africa in Pool C for next year's Women's Rugby World Cup 2014.

Back in the previous World Cup in 2010, Wales were pitted with Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in what was described as the ‘Group of Death’.

But despite giving a brave account of themselves they were unable to win a pool match and eventually finished ninth after gaining revenge over South Africa in the play-offs thanks to a wonderful performance from the side.

The hotly-anticipated draw for 2014 took place in the Hotel de Ville in Paris today, and created some mouth-watering clashes for next August.

Wales Women Head Coach Rhys Edwards was a keen spectator of the draw and was satisfied with the outcome.

"I'm happy to have avoided England and New Zealand because they are obviously the top two teams in the world at the moment,” he said.

“The draw has been a long time coming so it's nice to know now who we are playing.

“Up until this point everything has been hypothetical but now we can give France, South Africa and Australia our full attention.”

"France at home is going to be a huge challenge but we will be looking to next year's Six Nations as a springboard for the World Cup.

“We are in a healthy position at the moment as we have genuine competition for places right across the team so there are no guaranteed starts whereas that has been our downfall in the past.”

In Pool B, defending champions New Zealand will face tough clashes against USA and Ireland as well as Asian qualifiers Kazakhstan as they attempt to win a fifth successive title.

Women's Rugby World Cup 2014 will take place in Paris from August 1-17 with the pool stages taking place at FFR Marcoussis, with the semi-finals and final being played at Stade Jean Bouin.

Women's Rugby World Cup 2014 Pool Draw

Pool A - England, Canada, Spain, Samoa

Pool B - New Zealand, USA, Ireland, Kazakhastan

Pool C - Australia, France, Wales, South Africa


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