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England’s women whitewash New Zealand to claim unofficial top status

December 2nd, 2012 by · No Comments · Features

England's Emily Scarratt eludes New Zealand's Fiao'o Fa'amausili

There cannot have been many rugby teams in history able to describe themselves as unbeaten in six matches against New Zealand, certainly among those dressed in an England shirt. But when England’s women completed a 3-0 series whitewash against the Black Ferns on Saturday they made just such a statement, in their own dignified way, to anyone who cared to listen.

It is an achievement that surely installs them as the unofficial No1 in the world. There are no official IRB rankings for the women and, if there were, who knows what findings that mysterious system would arrive at. England’s coach, Gary Street, though, was strident on the matter afterwards. “We may not have won a World Cup for many years,” he said, “but we are definitely the No1 side in the world at the moment.”

He added: “There is a lot of trust in this group and that shows every time a squad member pulls on the England shirt. The players, as a group, were once again outstanding.”

 

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