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The 2006 Women's Rugby World Cup (officially IRB Rugby World Cup 2006 Canada) took place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The tournament began on 31 August and ended on 17 September 2006. The 2006 tournament was the third World Cup approved by the IRB, the previous two being held 2002 in Spain and in the Netherlands, in 1998. The Black Ferns of New Zealand won the 2006 World Cup, defeating England in the final, as they had in 2002. It was New Zealand's third successive title.

2006 Women's Rugby World Cup
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Tournament details
Host nation Canada
Dates2006-08-31 – 2006-09-17
No. of nations12
Champions Gold medal blank.svg New Zealand
Tournament statistics
Matches played30
Top scorer(s)Canada Heather Moyse (35)
Most triesCanada Heather Moyse (7)
2002
2010

The semi-finals were also direct repeats of the 2002 tournament – in fact five of the top six places in the final rankings were unchanged. Elsewhere the USA advanced from 7th in 2002 to 5th, and Ireland climbed from 13th to 8th while Australia (5th to 7th), Spain (8th to 9th), and Samoa (9th to 10th) slipped down.

The period prior to the competition had not been without controversy. The decision to award the hosting of the competition to Canada ahead of a strong bid from England surprised many.

In addition – apart from in Asia – there were no qualifying tournaments for the 2006 World Cup. Instead teams were invited to take part by the IRB with selection based on performances at the World Cup in 2002 and in international matches between 2002 and 2005. This resulted in accusations of a lack of clarity in regard to some selection decisions. In particular the awarding of the final place in the tournament to Samoa instead of Wales (following a poor performance by Wales in the 2005 Six Nations) was the cause of some controversy and comment prior to the event.

Contents

QualifiersEdit

AsiaEdit

[504]
2005-06-03 Hong Kong   0–78   Japan Bangkok [4/17/4]
[505]
2005-06-03 Thailand   0–67   Kazakhstan Bangkok [1/31/1]
[506]
2005-06-05 Thailand   20–18   Hong Kong Bangkok [2/5/2]
[507]
2005-06-05 Kazakhstan   19–3   Japan Bangkok [32/18/1]
Kazakhstan qualify

Tickets and sponsorshipEdit

Tickets had been available since July 2006 and they could be purchased online at Ticketmaster or by phone. There were individual and student tickets (for each of six match days), tickets for youth teams and clubs, corporate packages and a special "World Cup Pack" of $125 allowing access to all matches including the finals.[1][2]
The partners of this tournament were Toyota "Never Quit" Awards Program, Molson, Tait Radio Communications, Glentel, Budget, University of Alberta, Edmonton Airports and Clubfit. The event was covered by English language network Global TV, daily newspaper Edmonton Journal and radio stations CFRN 1260, CFBR 100.3 and CFMG 104.9.[3]
All matches were filmed and for the first time were available via streamed media.[4] The final was also broadcast live on TV in a number of countries, including the United Kingdom, and a one-hour TV highlights programme was produced by IMG for wider distribution, while these recordings are held as part of the IRB's World Cup archive.[5]

Match officialsEdit

On July 6, 2006 the IRB Referee Selection Committee announced the appointment of match officials, with twelve women officials selected for the tournament consisting of eight referees and four touch judges. This panel was assisted by experienced international referees George Ayoub, Lyndon Bray, Malcolm Changleng and Simon McDowell, who were appointed in April.[6] Other three touch judges from Canada Rugby Union were included in the final list.[7]

FormatEdit

The competition was contested over 18 days between 12 teams, allocated to four pools of three and structured into two parts:

  • a pool stage, with 18 matches played from August 31 to September 8;
  • a knockout stage, divided in semifinals and finals, played from September 12 to 17.

Pool stageEdit

The first three match days saw a cross-pool league system in operation, with Pool A playing Pool D and Pool B playing Pool C, with points going towards one single division table for all four pools. Classification within each pool was based on the following scoring system:

  • four points for a win;
  • two points for a draw;
  • zero points for a loss of 8 points or more.

Bonus points were awarded for teams scoring 4 tries or more and losing by 7 points or less. No extra time were played.
Teams were ranked 1–12 on the basis of the most match points. If two teams were equal on match points for any position, then the following criteria would be used in this order until one of the teams could be determined as the higher ranked:

  • the winner of the match between the two teams;
  • the best differential between points scored for and points scored against;
  • the best differential between tries scored for and against;
  • the most points scored;
  • the most tries scored;
  • the toss of a coin.[8]

Knockout stageEdit

After three match days, with each team having played three pool matches, positional semifinals were played with the top four-positioned sides vying to make the Women's Rugby World Cup final and all other sides playing matches in the final two rounds to decide tournament rankings.

If no winner could be determined within the time allowed, two teams should have played an extra time of 10 minutes each way with an interval of 5 and then eventually a kicking competition.[8]

SquadsEdit

PoolsEdit

Pool AEdit

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against Points
  New Zealand 3 0 0 137 7 14
  Spain 1 0 2 14 115 4
  Kazakhstan 0 0 3 22 97 0

Pool BEdit

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against Points
  England 3 0 0 119 16 14
  Australia 1 0 2 88 42 6
  Ireland 1 0 2 48 67 5

Pool CEdit

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against Points
  France 2 0 1 75 37 10
  United States 2 0 1 34 35 9
  South Africa 0 0 3 20 179 0

Pool DEdit

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against Points
  Canada 2 0 1 131 71 10
  Scotland 2 0 1 56 38 10
  Samoa 1 0 2 32 69 5

Pool matchesEdit

Round oneEdit

[559]
2006-08-31 New Zealand   66–7   Canada Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [57/43/8]
[560]
2006-08-31 Spain   0–24   Scotland St. Albert Rugby Park, St. Albert [74/96/14]
[561]
2006-08-31 Kazakhstan   0–20   Samoa Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [33/9/2]
[562]
2006-08-31 England   18–0   United States St. Albert Rugby Park, St. Albert [121/55/6]
[563]
2006-08-31 Australia   68–12   South Africa Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [18/7/1]
[564]
2006-08-31 Ireland   0–43   France St. Albert Rugby Park, St. Albert [75/108/12]

Round twoEdit

[565]
2006-09-04 New Zealand   50–0   Samoa St. Albert Rugby Park, St. Albert [44/10/1]
[566]
2006-09-04 England   74–8   South Africa Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [121/8/2]
[567]
2006-09-04 Canada   79–0   Spain St. Albert Rugby Park, St. Albert [58/75/1]
[568]
2006-09-04 Australia   10–24   France Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [19/109/2]
[569]
2006-09-04 Kazakhstan   17–32   Scotland St. Albert Rugby Park, St. Albert [34/97/1]
[570]
2006-09-04 Ireland   11–24   United States Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [76/56/3]

Round threeEdit

[571]
2006-09-08 New Zealand   21–0   Scotland Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [45/98/3]
[572]
2006-09-08 Spain   14–12   Samoa St. Albert Rugby Park, St. Albert [76/11/1]
[573]
2006-09-08 Canada   45–5   Kazakhstan Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [59/35/2]
[574]
2006-09-08 England   27–8   France St. Albert Rugby Park, St. Albert [122/110/20]
[575]
2006-09-08 Australia   6–10   United States Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [20/57/3]
[576]
2006-09-08 Ireland   37–0   South Africa St. Albert Rugby Park, St. Albert [77/9/1]

Knock-out stagesEdit

Semi-FinalsEdit

[577]
2006-09-12 New Zealand   40–10   France Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [46/111/3]
[579]
2006-09-12 Canada   6–10   England Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [60/122/12]

5th/8th classification play-offsEdit

[578]
2006-09-12 Ireland   10–11   Scotland St. Albert Rugby Park, St. Albert [78/99/14]
[580]
2006-09-12 United States   29–12   Australia St. Albert Rugby Park, St. Albert [21/58/4]

9th/12th place classification play-offsEdit

[581]
2006-09-12 Samoa   43–10   South Africa St. Albert Rugby Park, St. Albert [12/10/1]
[582]
2006-09-12 Spain   17–12   Kazakhstan Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [77/1/36]

7th/8th place play-offEdit

[583]
2006-09-16 Ireland   14–18   Australia Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [22/79/2]

9th/10th place play-offEdit

[584]
2006-09-16 Samoa   5–10   Spain Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [13/78/2]

11th/12th place play-offEdit

[585]
2006-09-16 Kazakhstan   36–0   South Africa Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [37/11/1]

5th/6th place play-offEdit

[586]
2006-09-17 Scotland   0–24   United States Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton [100/59/5]

3rd/4th place play-offEdit

[587]
2006-09-17 Canada   8–17   France Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton [61/112/6]

World Cup FinalEdit

[588]
2006-09-17 England   17–25   New Zealand Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton [124/47/10]


 2006 Women's Rugby World Cup Winners 
 
New Zealand
Third title

StatisticsEdit

TeamsEdit

Points Team Matches Tries Conversions Penalties Drops    
202   New Zealand 5 31 16 5 0 0 0
156   England 5 23 13 5 0 0 0
153   Canada 5 24 15 1 0 0 0
114   Australia 5 15 9 7 0 2 0
102   France 5 16 8 2 0 1 0
87   United States 5 14 7 1 0 2 0
80   Samoa 5 13 6 1 0 3 0
75   Kazakhstan 5 13 5 0 0 2 0
72   Ireland 5 11 4 3 0 1 0
67   Scotland 5 9 5 3 1 1 0
41   Spain 5 5 5 2 0 3 0
30   South Africa 5 5 1 1 0 3 0

Individual recordsEdit

Top point scorersEdit

Points Name Team Position Apps Tries Conv Penalties Drops
35 Heather Moyse   Canada Fullback 5 7 0 0 0
34 Emma Jensen   New Zealand Scrum-half 5 1 10 3 0
33 Valuese Sao Taliu   Samoa Fullback 5 5 4 0 0
31 Shelley Rae   England Fly-half 5 1 10 2 0
30 Sue Day   England Centre/Wing 5 6 0 0 0
Maria Gallo   Canada Centre/Wing 5 6 0 0 0
Amiria Marsh   New Zealand Fullback 5 6 0 0 0
Tobie McGann   Australia Fullback/Fly-half 5 2 4 4 0
29 Kelly McCallum   Canada Fly-half 5 0 13 1 0
27 Paula Chalmers   Scotland Scrum-half 5 1 5 3 1
25 Tricia Brown   Australia Wing 5 5 0 0 0
Catherine Devillers   France Wing 5 5 0 0 0
23 Pam Kosanke   United States Centre 4 2 5 1 0
21 Estelle Sartini   France Fly-half/Wing 5 2 4 1 0

Top try scorersEdit

Tries Name Team Position Appearances
7 Heather Moyse   Canada Fullback 5
6 Sue Day   England Centre/Wing 5
Maria Gallo   Canada Centre/Wing 5
Amiria Marsh   New Zealand Fullback 5
5 Valuese Sao Taliu   Samoa Fullback 5
Catherine Devillers   France Wing 5
Tricia Brown   Australia Wing 5
4 Ellie Karvoski   United States Wing 5
Ruan Sims   Australia Centre/Wing 5
3 Stephanie Mortimer   New Zealand Wing 3
Claire Richardson   New Zealand Wing 4
Isabel Rodríguez   Spain Scrum-half 5
Jeannette Feighery   Ireland Wing 5
Delphine Plantet   France Number 8 5
Charlotte Barras   England Wing 5
Rochelle Martin   New Zealand Flanker 5
Melissa Ruscoe   New Zealand Flanker 5

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Women's Rugby World Cup tickets". July 14, 2006. Retrieved June 27, 2010.
  2. ^ "WRWC FAQs". Retrieved June 27, 2010.
  3. ^ "WRWC Partners". Retrieved June 27, 2010.
  4. ^ "IRB Women's Rugby World Cup 2006 on www.247.tv". Archived from the original on 22 July 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
  5. ^ "The Rugby World Cup Archive". Archived from the original on January 26, 2013. Retrieved June 29, 2010.
  6. ^ "It's a women's game... including the officiating". July 6, 2006. Retrieved June 26, 2010.
  7. ^ "2006 Women's RWC match officials". Archived from the original on August 23, 2010. Retrieved June 26, 2010.
  8. ^ a b "2006 Women's RWC rules". Retrieved June 29, 2010.

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