A Week to Take it Easy18th Aug 2017 |
It’s a fairly quiet week for sport this week, except for the Women’s Rugby World cup, and at the end of the week a First Test between England and the West Indies begins for the cricketers out there.
Women for the World
The top Rugby Union completion for women; the Women’s Rugby World cup, is held every four years. The last World Cup was actually held in France in 2014 but due to clashes with the Olympics, and also the Women’s World Cup Sevens, the Rugby Union World cup has been rescheduled to avoid these conflicts. Held this year in Ireland from 9th to 26th August, henceforth the World Cup will be taking place every four years from this newly rearranged year.
First held in 1991, the Cup was won by the United States. However after seven tournaments, New Zealand stands as the highest number of wins, with an impressive four. The England team are the current reigning champions, having won it in spectacular style in 2014 against an impressive Canadian side. Only twelve teams are competing this year, with the set up splitting the teams into three pools of four. Teams participating are selected on the basis of regional tournaments that are used as qualifiers. Growing in popularity, this tournament looks to get bigger every year it is played; this year looks to be no exception.
Hitting the Wicket
Starting on the Thursday 17th August, the First Test for England against the West Indies will begin. The five day cricket match won’t actually finish until the beginning of next week on 21st August. Held at Edgbaston in Birmingham this year, there is hope that this time there will be an outright winner and with the current young crop of players filling out the ranks for the West Indies, it looks to be strongly in England’s favour. 2015s match up had the First test ending in a draw, and the second and third tests won by England and West Indies respectively. Regardless of the draw, these two teams play excellent cricket, which makes for a tense and exciting fifteen days all told.
The Week Ahead
Next week the World Championships of Badminton will take place up in Glasgow, the second Test for England and the West Indies will take place, and the Rugby League Challenge Cup final will take place down in Wembley. The 27th also offers some high-speed motorbike action in the form of the British Motor Grand Prix held at Silverstone.