This weekend is the business end of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Paris. England will play Canada in the Grand Final, Ireland play France for 3rd/4th, and New Zealand play the United States for 5th/6th.
England dealt to Ireland 40-7 in their semi-final, which is disappointing for the Irish after playing with such verve to upset the Black Ferns in pool play. Canada edged out France 18-16 in their semi, which is a very creditable result indeed.
That means the final is a repeat of their pool match which was drawn 13-all. (A result that meant both teams went through to the semis and ended New Zealand’s hopes.) You’d expect England to put their best game on the pitch this time and run away with it. But I’ll be cheering for the Canucks.
Ireland or France? Too close to call, so could be a great match. The Irish will want to recreate their pool form, while the French will have a big home crowd whistling them in.
The Black Ferns vs Eagles match is also a pool replay (won by the Kiwis 34-3). But the Ferns are playing with a terrible wounded pride now, and having disposed of Wales 63-7 on Wednesday, you’d expect them to put the foot down.
Unfortunately for them, win or lose in that match, they’ll be in their Number Ones sitting in the stands of Stade Jean Bouin watching the Grand Final.
Je suis très désolé.