Rusya’nın başkenti Moskova’da düzenlenen Dünya Rugby Şampiyonası’nda Yeni Zelanda hem erkekler hem de kadınlarda şampiyon oldu.
Yeni Zelanda kadın rugby milli takımı turnuvanın finalinde Lujniki Stadyumu’nda karşılaştığı Kanada’yı 29-12 yenerek şampiyon oldu.
Yeni Zelanda kadınlarda daha önce 2009 yılında Birleşik Arap Emirliği’nde düzenlenen şampiyonada final oynamış, Avustralya’ya mağlup olarak ikinci olmuştu.
Lujniki Stadyumu’nda oynanan erkekler finalinde ise Yeni Zelanda İngiltere’yi 33-0 mağlup ederek şampiyonluğa ulaştı.
Yeni Zelanda erkeklerde en son 2001 yılında şampiyon olmuştu.
Yeni Zelanda’dan çifte zafer
Rusya’nın başkenti Moskova’da düzenlenen Dünya Rugby Şampiyonası’nda Yeni Zelanda hem erkek hem de kadınlarda şampiyon oldu.
Yeni Zelanda Kadın Rugby milli takımı turnuvanın finalinde Lujniki Stadyumu’nda Kanada ile karşılaştı. Yeni Zelanda, Kanada’yı 29-12 yenerek şampiyon oldu.
Yeni Zelanda Bayan Rugby Milli Takımı daha önce de 2009 yılında Birleşik Arap Emirliği’nde düzenlenen şampiyonada final oynamış, Avustralya’ya mağlup olarak ikinci olmuştu.
The All Blacks Sevens beat rugby heavyweights England 33-0
in their final to clinch their first world title since 2001,
while the women’s team beat Canada 29-12 to win their first.
The dual victory means that New Zealand now holds the men’s
and women’s World Cups for both formats, along with the sevens’
world series titles earlier this year.
With the abbreviated form of the game due to make its debut
at the Rio Olympics in 2016, the New Zealand Rugby Union and
High Performance Sport New Zealand have poured resources into
both programmes in an attempt to win both gold medals on offer.
The men’s programme has long been at the top of the game,
winning 11 of the 14 world series circuits, though the gap is
narrowing with teams like Kenya and the United States all
capable of causing upsets.
Kenya, who have made massive strides under former England
coach Mike Friday, finished fourth in the World Cup, while New
Zealand needed a late David Raikuna try to beat the U.S. in the
pool phase in Moscow.
“The days of when it was us and Fiji dominating are over,”
former All Blacks winger, and sevens captain, Eric Rush told
Reuters before the tournament began.
“I don’t think it deserved to be in the Olympics because
there were only two teams that could win it.
“Now there at least five or six who could win and that is
what you want and teams like Kenya, on their day, they’ll win
the gold medal if you’re not careful.”
It is the women’s game, however, that has made the largest
strides in reducing the gaps between teams, with the U.S.
beating Spain 10-5 in the playoff for third shortly before Sean
Horan’s team beat Canada in the final.
Canada had only made the semi-finals after Ghislaine Landry
scored a try with 13 seconds remaining to beat Russia 15-12 in
the quarter-finals, where Spain had upset 2009 world champions
Despite New Zealand clinching both titles at the World Cup,
Horan said the tournament was merely a stepping stone towards
Rio, particularly for his team, who were only put together in
the last 18 months.
“We still have a long way to go,” he told Reuters.
“It’s like climbing Everest, but we’re not even at base camp
yet. We’re still walking through the villages saying hello to
New Zealand implemented a talent identification programme in
early 2012 that produced the group of players that won the World
Cup, which has been emulated by other countries with less
pedigree in rugby but bigger Olympic budgets.
As part of the programme, Horan cast a wide net before he
selected his final squad, drawing on players with varied
sporting backgrounds with top-level netball players Kayla
McAlister and Portia Woodman both scoring tries in the final.
However, he had only dipped his toes into the talent pool of
players available, he said, and he said the side to contest the
next women’s world series could be different from that which won
the title in Moscow.
“We are leaving girls behind who have strong development
potential. We are leaving injured players behind, but it’s not
about this World Cup or Rio,” he added.
“It’s about the game itself and what we want to do.
“We want to be world leaders and want to reach for Everest.”