We take a look at the four teams in Pool B at Women's Rugby World Cup 2017, which features defending champions England, 1991 winners USA, Italy and Spain.



Best finish: Champions (1994, 2014) 
Worst finish: Third (1998)
Women's Rugby World Cup record: Played 33 / Won 27 / Lost 5 / Drawn 1 
Women's Rugby World Cup points scored: 1,096

Most capped player in squad: Rochelle Clark, 124 caps

Did you know...? England winger Kay Wilson scored a Women's Six Nations record seven tries in their 64-0 win over Scotland in March, a quarter of her tally of 28 test tries!

Coach: Simon Middleton
Captain: Sarah Hunter

One to watch: Harriet Millar-Mills (pictured)
The 26-year-old has become a familiar face in the England forward pack in recent years, having featured in the Red Roses' last 22 matches and if she continues that streak will win her 50th test cap on match day four in Belfast. When she started playing rugby it was in the back three, but she gradually moved forward and now offers versatility with her ability to play anywhere in the second-row or back-row. Named Player of the Match on her last visit to Dublin as England beat Ireland to win the Grand Slam, Millar-Mills will be hoping to add a WRWC winners' medal to her collection.


Best finish: Champions (1991) 
Worst finish: Seventh (2002)
Women's Rugby World Cup record: Played 33 / Won 23 / Lost 10 
Women's Rugby World Cup points scored: 1,113

Most capped player in squad: Stacey Bridges, 28 caps

Did you know...? USA reached the first three Women's Rugby World Cup finals, but the 1991 champions haven't made the semi-finals in the four tournaments since. 

Coach: Pete Steinberg
Captain: Tiffany Faaee

One to watch: Alev Kelter
A call out of the blue from then USA Women's Sevens coach Ric Suggitt changed Kelter's life, giving her a new challenge after the heartbreak of missing out on a place in the USA Ice Hockey team for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. The 26-year-old Alaskan native hasn't looked back, realising her Olympic dream at Rio 2016 and taking over the captaincy of the Women's Sevens Eagles this season. In between she threw herself into 15s, her first game being her international debut in the centres against France last November. Never one to shirk a challenge, her competitive spirit and drive to succeed meant her selection for WRWC 2017 was never in doubt.



Best finish: Plate semi-finalists (1991)
Worst finish: 12th (1998, 2002)
Women's Rugby World Cup record: Played 13 / Won 4 / Lost 9 
Women's Rugby World Cup points scored: 187

Most capped player in squad: Veronica Schiavon, 78 caps

Did you know...? Back-row Silvia Gaudino and fly-half Veronica Schiavon were part of the last Italian team to play on the World Cup stage in 2002.

Coach: Andrea Di Giandomenico
Captain: Sara Barattin

One to watch: Beatrice Rigoni
The just-turned 22-year-old has made the fly-half jersey her own this year, starting every match in a winless Six Nations campaign for the Azzurre, having previously won the majority of her caps at inside centre. Her debut came in the No.10 jersey aged 18 in February 2014 in an historic 12-11 win over Wales in Port Talbot and has certainly benefited from having the calming influence of captain Sara Barattin as her half-back partner. With this being Italy's first Women's Rugby World Cup appearance for 15 years, Rigoni could be one of the success stories of her country's return to the showpiece event.


Best finish: Sixth (1991)
Worst finish: Ninth (2006, 2014)
Women's Rugby World Cup record: Played 24 / Won 12 / Lost 12 
Women's Rugby World Cup points scored: 385

Most capped player in squad: Aroa González, 68 caps

Did you know...? Eleven members of Spain's WRWC 2017 squad played at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The same number of players also appeared on the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series in 2016-17.

Coach: José Antonio Barrio
Captain: Aroa González

One to watch: Anne Fernández de Corres
She may be the youngest member of the Las Leonas' squad at 19 years of age, but Fernández de Corres is highly regarded by both her coach and captain and tipped for a very bright future in the game. The scrum-half has already made her debut on the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series in 2016-17, playing in four tournaments and helping Spain to retain their core team status for next season along the way. The teenager played her part in Las Leonas' qualification path for WRWC 2017, starting both matches against Scotland last November.   

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