The Womens Rugby World Cup

The first official Women's Rugby World Cup was held in 1998. Prior to the one officially sanctioned by the International Rugby Board there had been three tournaments of a similar nature. The first of these was an event held in August 1990 in New Zealand. Though not considered a world cup, the tournament was referred to as the World Rugby Festival for Women. The competition included teams representing the United States, the Netherlands, Russia, and the hosts. New Zealand won defeating the United States in the final.

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