Opening day of Women's RWC almost sold out

(IRB.COM) Thursday 31 July 2014
 
 Opening day of Women's RWC almost sold out
The final of the Women's Rugby World Cup 2014 will be held on August 17 in Paris

With just one day to go until kick off, Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 is tantalisingly close.

Such is the popularity of the tournament at French Rugby HQ in Marcoussis, there are only a handful of tickets left for Friday's matches. 

More are still available for the semi-finals and final, which will be staged at Stade Jean Bouin in central Paris, but all eyes will be on the opening round after a four year wait since the 2010 tournament in England.

Those lucky enough to be present on day one will be entertained with six matches and by some of the best female rugby players in the world. 

The reigning champions New Zealand open the tournament on pitch two at 13:00 local time (BST+1), taking on Kazahkstan who compete in their sixth World Cup before Canada take on Spain and the USA, winners of the 1991 WRWC, facing the women in green, Ireland. 

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Over on pitch one there is a southern hemisphere clash between Australia and South Africa ahead of the 2010 runners-up England opening their campaign against Samoa.

Springbok’s coach Lawrence Sephaka has chosen to give centre Benele Makwezela her Test debut in the match, combined with experienced players such as captain and No. 8 Mandisa Williams.

“This squad has a good mix of youth and experience, which is ideal.” Sephaka said of his selection decision.

“The World Cup experience is particularly important because this is a big occasion for the team and for the individuals, so it is important to have players who can guide the youngsters when necessary.”

The day culminates with hosts France taking centre stage. In front of what is expected to be a full house, Les Blues take on Wales who will be eager to make a good impression.

"The game is going to be huge, we can't hide from that,” said Wales coach Rhys Edwards. "It's going to be a big occasion in front of a big crowd and on television. We have to make sure we are not daunted by that and we're on top of our own game and get our performance right."

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Fans unable to attend Marcoussis can follow the action through live streaming on rwcwomens.com and details of who’s broadcasting the matches can be found HERE. How the events unfold can also be followed on Twitter @irbwomens.