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2014 Women's Rugby World Cup

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Host nation  France
Champions  England
Third-place  France
No. of nations  12
Runner-up  Canada
2014 Women's Rugby World Cup

Dates  August 1, 2014 – August 17, 2014

The 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup was the seventh edition of the Women's Rugby World Cup, and the sixth held in Europe. The World Cup Final took place on August 17.


All of the pool games for the World Cup took place at the Centre National du Rugby (CNR) in Marcoussis and Marcoussis Rugby Club with the French union adopting the concept of restricting the tournament to one or two locations as in the 2010 Women's Rugby World Cup in London. Marcoussis is about 20 miles south of Paris.

The knockout stages of the tournament also saw matches played at the CNR in Marcoussis, with the semi-finals, Bronze Final and Final taking place at Stade Jean-Bouin in the French capital – home of Stade Français.

The matches took place on August 1, 5, 9, 13, with the final played on August 17.

The tournament format was the same as in 2010, with 12 teams split into three pools of four. The pool allocation draw took place once all 12 teams were confirmed.

England won the final 21-9 against Canada on 17 August.

Bidding process

On 27 August 2009 the International Rugby Board (IRB; now known as World Rugby) announced that it was inviting bids to host the 2014 event. Unions had until 30 October 2009 to express an interest with the chosen host being announced on 12 May 2010. The announcement was an important development in the history of women's rugby as the IRB had never previously announced a competition to host a Women's World Cup with such publicity, nor so far ahead of the event. The chosen hosts for 2014 would also have had four years to prepare – twice as long as any previous host. The announcement was also significant because, for the first time, the IRB included the "unofficial" 1991 and 1994 World Cups in their official list of previous tournaments.

On 21 December 2009, the IRB announced the four nations that formally applied to host the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup:

  • Kazakhstan
  • New Zealand (bid subsequently withdrawn, in favour of Samoa)
  • Samoa
  • United States
  • However, after delaying the announcement until September 2010, the IRB eventually announced that, due to problems with the existing bids, they were reopening applications. Then, on 30 June 2011 the IRB announced that the tournament would be held in France.


    France, as the host nation, qualified automatically. The top three teams from the 2010 tournament, New Zealand, England, and Australia, also qualified automatically. Canada and the United States qualified due to there being no interest from other North or South American unions.

    Match officials

    In April 2014 the IRB announced a panel of 14 match officials for the tournament, including eight referees and six assistant. New Zealand provided two of the referees in the form of Jess Beard and Nicky Inwood, while there will be one each from United States, England, South Africa, Ireland, Australia and Canada. England provided two assistant referees with the others coming from Italy, France, Scotland and Spain. Nicky Inwood, Sherry Trumbull and Clare Daniels were selected for 2010 Women's Rugby World Cup, which took place in England. Indeed, Inwood and Daniels also refereed at the 2006 edition in Canada.

    Pool stage

    The pool draw took place on 30 October 2013 at Hotel de Ville, Paris. The twelve qualified teams were organised into four bands:

    Band 1: New Zealand, England, Australia
    Band 2: Canada, USA, France
    Band 3: Ireland, Wales, Spain
    Band 4: Kazakhstan, Samoa, South Africa

    Each pool was a single round-robin of six games, in which each team played one match against each of the other teams in the same pool. Teams were awarded four points for a win, two points for a draw and none for a defeat. A team scoring four or more tries in one match earned a bonus point, as did teams that lost by seven points or fewer.

    Knockout Seedings

    At the completion of the pool stage, teams were ranked first according to their position within their pool and then by competition points. The top four seeds progressed to the tournament semi-finals, seeds 5–8 progressed to the 5th place play-off semi-finals, and seeds 9–12 progressed to the 9th place play-off semi-finals.

    Tie Breakers

    Ties on competition points were broken in the following order:
    1. Winner of the match between the two teams (does not apply to teams in different pools);
    2. Difference between points scored and points conceded;
    3. Difference between tries scored and tries conceded;
    4. Most points scored;
    5. Most tries scored;
    6. Coin toss.

    9th Place Play-off


    11th Place Playoff

    9th Place Playoff

    5th Place Playoff


    7th Place Playoff

    5th Place Playoff



    3rd Place Playoff



    1 Red Card

  • Soteria Pulumu (5-match suspension)
  • Suspension Following Citing

  • Rebecca de Filippo (2-week suspension) in match against New Zealand
  • Mandisa Williams (16-week suspension) in match against Australia
  • 2 Yellow Cards

  • Celeste Adonis
  • Oxana Shadrina
  • Rachel Taylor
  • Shona-Leah Weston
  • 1 Yellow Card


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