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PODCAST - Women's Rugby World Cup special

19 August 2010

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Cath Spencer celebrates after beating New Zealand

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New Zealand captain Melissa Ruscoe is urging her side to turn last season’s setback against England to their advantage on the eve of the Women’s Rugby World Cup.

The Black Ferns have won the last three tournaments but were beaten 10-3 by tournament hosts England at Twickenham last November.

The tournament kicks off on Friday, August 20 at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford with New Zealand in action against South Africa (4.15pm) and England taking on Ireland (6.30pm).

"The psychological scars will definitely be there to boost us. We knew we’d played bad but we only just lost so that’s a little bit of confidence for us," Ruscoe told the RFU.com podcast.

The extensive tournament preview also includes interviews with England captain Catherine Spencer, USA’s Ashley English, Wales co-captain Melissa Berry, Scotland’s Lynne Reid, South Africa’s Mandisa Williams and Australia’s Cheryl Soon.

To hear the preview in full and the rest of the RFU.com podcast, right click on the following link and select 'save as' to download the August 19, 2010 podcast or subscribe via iTunes by pasting the following url into the subscribe page http://www.rfu.com/podcast/subscribe/podcast.xml

For WRWC 2010 tickets visit the WRWC ticket pages on RFU.com or call 0844 844 2010. Rugby fans who buy tickets for the WRWC 2010 will also be put on a priority ticketing information list for the 2015 men's Rugby World Cup in England. For a full schedule of fixtures and to follow England in the WRWC visit www.rfu.com/wrwc.

Also on this week’s podcast: