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England 2010: The Women’s Rugby World Cup Special Exhibition

This special exhibition profiles each of the competing teams, the venues, tournament structure and Pool A, Pool B and Pool C for England 2010, providing the perfect introduction to the recent festival of sport.

The exhibition relays the story of Past Women's World Cups since the inaugural championship in 1991 documenting the subsequent great games and tournament-winning sides.

It examines the roots of the Women's game, recalling Emily Valentine, a little known Irish girl who is fast accruing the type of mythology that has seen her dubbed the 'female Webb-Ellis'.

The type of resistance that drove the women's game underground in the first part of the 20th century is also examined, along with the pioneering spirit that returned it and brought it to mainstream acceptance in Origins, Resistance and Acceptance.

The exhibition also recalls the little known sport of La Barrette that was closely related to Rugby and became popular in 1920s France.

Finally the exhibition takes a look at The World Cup Experience from the point of view of a player, in our Player's Experience section.

A variety of iconic posters, objects and images from the earliest days of the game and previous World Cups are on show, including the IRB World Cup itself.