Saturday, 25 May 2002

Women in final push

ENGLAND face New Zealand today in the final of the Women's Rugby World Cup in Barcelona confident they have the gameplan to win the trophy.

They reached the final by beating Canada 53-10 on Tuesday, a win that gave them good reason to feel optimistic.

Captain Paula George said: "We will need to step up another gear to win. After all, they are the reigning world champions."

Coach Geoff Richards said: "We've got a plan of attack and we are confident in that, and that in the end it will come good."

Ruck & Roll: Mr Motivator Richards keeps women on top

SVEN Goran Eriksson could learn the art of the World Cup campaign from his counterpart with the England women's rugby team. Today Aussie Geoff Richards leads England into battle in Spain in the Women's Rugby World Cup final against favourites New Zealand. Last year he shared the award as UK sports coach of the year with Eriksson.

The Mirror (London, England) (May 25, 2002): p67

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