The USA Lady Eagles and 11 other teams learned their 2014 Women’s World Cup fate with the pool allocation held at the Hotel de Ville in Paris on Wednesday. The USA was drawn into Pool B, the group of death, with 4-time defending champions New Zealand Black Ferns along with RBS Six Nations holder Ireland and Kazakhstan.
“This is a really exciting day for Women’s Rugby,” IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset said. “We now know the pools for France 2014, and fans are going to see some really excellent matches.”
The challenge will be tough for all the teams looking to deny the Lady Black Ferns a 5th consecutive Women’s Rugby World Cup title. But there is some familiarity for the USA as both Ireland and Kazakhstan were in the pool at the 2010 WRWC.
“We are excited about being in a tough pool, playing some of the best sides,” US head coach Pete Steinberg said of the draw. “Now we know what is in front of us and the challenge is significant.”
The USA won the inaugural WRWC in 1991 and played in the 1994 and 1998 finals.
Nations Cup champions Canada has an easier draw coming out of Pool A. Canada was drawn with 3-time runners-up England, Spain and Samoa.
Pool A – England, Canada, Spain, Samoa
Pool B – New Zealand, USA, Ireland, Kazakhastan
Pool C – Australia, France, Wales, South Africa
The WRWC will take place in Paris August 1-17. The pool matches will be played at FFR Marcoussis while the semifinal and final will be played at Stade Jean Bouin.