New Zealand and Canada continued to impress on day two of the Women’s Rugby Super Series 2019 at the Chula Vista Training Center in San Diego on Tuesday.
The Black Ferns were too powerful for hosts USA as they scored five tries to win 33-0 and notch a second victory of the tournament that sees them leapfrog England at the summit of the fledgling table.
Canada had played better in their opening game than perhaps a 35-20 defeat to New Zealand suggested, and led by the impressive Sophie de Goede they got into the winning groove with a 36-19 result against France.
Next up for the Canadians this Saturday is a meeting with England, who had a bye on Tuesday, while France will have to regroup before taking on the in-form Black Ferns.
The Women's Rugby Super Series is a performance-focused international competition where the world's top-ranked 15-a-side teams participate in ten test matches from 28 June to 14 July.
The primary objective of the Women’s Rugby Super Series, which is organised by USA Rugby, is to provide the world’s top five women’s teams with highly competitive playing opportunities that aid preparation on the journey towards the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2021.
For the first time since its inception the Women's Rugby Super Series has increased from four to five participating teams in 2019 with the last iteration held in 2016 in the USA.
Via: World Rugby
In addition to the on-field action, World Rugby hosted the second Women’s High-Performance Academy alongside the event in San Diego from 29 June to 1 July, bringing together 18 high performance managers, of which 11 are female, from 16 unions.
The purpose of the Academy is to build capacity within targeted unions by providing identified individuals with a bespoke learning opportunity in a high-performance environment.
World Rugby is dedicated to growing the women’s game and recently launched a new ‘Women in Rugby’ brand identity and global campaign ‘Try and Stop Us’, aimed at driving increased participation and engagement among fans, audiences, players and investors in the women’s game.