Tuesday, 22 August 2017
Women's WC : 2017 Preview
The fifth RLWC for women is being held this year. Some of the other WCs were unusual in terms of what teams were playing but at least for the 2017 edition, all participants will be nations. There will be six teams: Group One is Australia, Cook Is and England. Canada, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea make up Group Two. There are inter-group matches too. England v PNG, NZ v Cook Is and Australia v Canada.
Why France couldn't provide a side may have something to do with finances but I'm speculating there. They played two competitive games against England in June 2017. Pacific nations Samoa and Tonga were in a playoff with the Cook Is for the one spot and the Cooks got it. Why couldn't all three be there? I'm surprised Canada is there as the men haven't ever made a tournament, but their hard work has been recognised.
It commences on the 16th of November and concludes on the 2nd of December 2017. All games up to the final are at the Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney. The final at the Brisbane Stadium. There will be a total of 12 matches.
For the Round One Summary, just click here.
To see my tournament predictions, please click here.