David Hands, Rugby Correspondent
WHATEVER the success of the inaugural women's World Cup being played in Wales this week, their administrators are already looking ahead. A meeting in Cardiff has agreed in principle to a second tournament in 1994, and has invited proposals for the formation of an international women's rugby organisation.
The better-known International Rugby Football Board was unable to accept an invitation to the meeting but will have a second opportunity when the women convene in Madrid this summer, to try and establish the framework of the new body and evaluate the success of their first World Cup.
The organisers are hopeful of crowds of at least 6,000 at tomorrow's semi-finals in Cardiff, and Sunday's final at the same venue. They require that number to cover the tournament costs of Pounds 30,000 and have still to find some £4,000 to cover the cost of accommodation for the Soviet team, though rather than allow the individual organisers to stand liable for that sum, the men's game would surely be in a position to help.
Meanwhile, on the field New Zealand made their way to the semi-finals by beating Wales 24-6 at Flannharan yesterday.
Several hundred of the old mining village's inhabitants urged on the national side but, in a reversal of male traditions, New Zealand's backs outweighed the strengths of the Welsh forwards.
England and France are already through to the other semi-final.
RESULTS: Quarter-finals: New Zealand 24, Wales 6 (Scorers: Wales: Penalties: A Bennett (2). New Zealand: Tries: L Brett (3), A Richards, A Ford. Conversions: D Chase (2); United States 46, Soviet Union 0. Pool 2: Japan 0, Sweden 20. Pool 4: Spain 13, Italy 7.
Copyright (C) The Times, 1991
"Women's game is looking to the future; Rugby Union." Times [London, England] 11 Apr. 1991