- WRWC draw adds spice to Canada clash this autumn
- “The WRWC draw has certainly made next year’s tournament come alive now” – Gary Street
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England Women will face a physical opening to their 2014 Rugby World Cup campaign after being drawn against Canada, Samoa and Spain in the pool stages of next August's tournament in Paris.
The 2010 Rugby World Cup finalists are no strangers to Canada and Spain but they have not played Samoa since 2005. Meanwhile, England’s fierce rivals and reigning world champions New Zealand have been pitted against Kazakhstan, the USA and Ireland in Pool B while Wales face a tough challenge with Australia, France and South Africa in their pool.
England Head Coach Gary Street said: “This is certainly going to be an interesting pool for us. We know that Canada will offer a hugely physical challenge and they have enjoyed a lot of success recently, culminating in a Nations Cup win in July. It is also going to add quite a bit of spice to our Test match against them on November 13 at the Stoop.
“Samoa are a relatively unknown side to us, but what we do know is that they have a successful sevens programme and they have got some talented, strong players. Spain are always dogged and we have enjoyed some very close games against them in the European Cup and the Six Nations when they were in it. They are certainly not a side to take lightly.”
The tournament kicks off on August 1 with matches played at FFR Marcoussis. The semi-finals and final will be staged at Stade Jean Bouin in Paris.
Street admits that excitement is beginning to build. He added: “The WRWC draw has certainly made next year’s tournament come alive now. We are currently in camp preparing for our autumn series against France and Canada and this news has definitely added another dimension to our training. It’s going to be an exciting nine months.”
WRWC 2014 Draw
Pool A: Samoa, Spain, Canada, England
Pool B: Kazakhstan, Ireland, USA, New Zealand
Pool C: South Africa, Wales, France, Australia