橄欖球世界盃。英格蘭和女子比賽的下一步是什麼?

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橄欖球世界盃。英格蘭和女子比賽的下一步是什麼?

最後更新於.來自橄欖球聯盟部分

英格蘭隊隊長薩拉-亨特說,最近的橄欖球世界盃讓她覺得 "人們終於醒悟到我們的運動有多麼偉大"。

在新西蘭舉行的比賽是有史以來參加人數最多的女子世界盃,兩次打破了女子比賽日的上座率記錄--開幕式上座率為34,235人,決賽時伊甸園的觀眾人數為42,579人,超過了這個記錄。

這是女子橄欖球的一個轉折點,但還有更多的事情要做。

在這裡,BBC體育探討了有關比賽和英格蘭隊在第五屆世界盃決賽輸給新西蘭後的未來的一些主要問題。

世界盃失利後,英格蘭隊會改變嗎?

自決賽以來,沒有一個紅玫瑰宣布退役,但37歲的亨特已經確認她將在2025年的主場世界盃前停止比賽。

阿比-沃德--英格蘭隊強大的後衛線上的關鍵球員--說她將 "100%"繼續到下一屆世界盃,而32歲的明星中鋒艾米麗-斯卡拉特則還沒有決定。

她說,連續兩次在決賽中輸給新西蘭,"肯定是贏得世界盃的動力"。

斯卡拉特說。"當我看到我媽媽時,我對她說,並給了她一個大大的擁抱:'振作起來,我們可能要再做三年這樣的事。

"這絕對不是現在要做的決定。我們將拭目以待。"

主教練西蒙-米德爾頓也已經連續兩次輸掉了世界盃決賽,他還沒有確認是否要繼續掌舵。

米德爾頓的統治包括創紀錄的30次測試連勝和連續四次六國賽冠軍,他的合同到2023年女子六國賽結束。

斯威尼告訴BBC電台5號現場,在世界盃之後,"有一些連續性是很重要的",並補充說,"在某些時候有一位女性 "領導英格蘭隊 "會很好"。

他說,在RFU的雷達上有 "很多教練 "可以接替米德爾頓,並證實他將在主教練回到英格蘭後討論他的未來。

自從2019年給予紅玫瑰隊全職合同以來,RFU在投資女子橄欖球方面一直處於領先地位。

其他球隊,包括威爾士和新西蘭,現在也在效仿,使他們的女隊成為職業球隊。

黑蕨隊今年早些時候才獲得合同,斯威尼說,儘管相對缺乏投資,但他們贏得了世界盃,這 "有點令人失望"。

隨着比賽的發展,紅玫瑰隊和新西蘭世界盃都是在虧損的情況下進行的。

但斯威尼說,英格蘭隊的決賽失利 "不會改變對投資的看法",並補充說周六在伊甸園公園的70%的球迷是新西蘭橄欖球的新追隨者,女子橄欖球 "對比賽的整體健康有好處"。

世界橄欖球協會首席執行官Alan Gilpin說,新西蘭比賽的成功 "給了我們更多投資的信心"。

  • 無 "你永遠無法克服它" - 米德爾頓

你下次什麼時候能看到英格蘭隊的比賽?

兩周後,英格蘭隊的球員可以回到他們的俱樂部參加英超15強賽--這是世界上最具競爭力的女子國內聯賽,該聯賽也受益於RFU投資的增加。

她們的下一次國際比賽將在2023年3月26日開始的2023年女子六國賽中進行。

在這次比賽中,英格蘭隊將在紐卡斯爾和北安普頓進行巡迴賽,然後在特威克納姆對陣法國的第一場獨立比賽中,這很可能是決勝局。

特威克納姆比賽的門票已售出約2萬張,斯威尼相信這一數字將達到4萬張--球場容量的一半。

RFU還希望它能在2024年舉辦世界橄欖球的新女子比賽WXV,為2025年的主場世界盃做準備。

斯威尼的目標是在2025年世界盃上實現收支平衡,並說 "我們將填滿特威肯漢姆 "的決賽,"並希望半決賽也是如此"。

在此之前,計劃在全國各地的不同地區舉辦比賽,斯威尼說這將是 "有史以來最好的女子世界盃"。

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Last updated on .From the section Rugby Union

England captain Sarah Hunter said the latest Rugby World Cup made her feel like "finally people are just waking up to how great our sport is".

The tournament in New Zealand was the best-attended women's World Cup ever, breaking the attendance record for a women's matchday twice - the opening-day attendance of 34,235 surpassed by the 42,579 sell-out Eden Park crowd for the final.

A turning point for women's rugby, but there is more to come.

Here, BBC Sport explores some of the main questions concerning the future of the game and England's team after their fifth World Cup final loss to New Zealand.

Will the England team change after World Cup defeat?

None of the Red Roses have announced their retirement since the final, but 37-year-old Hunter has already confirmed she will stop playing before a home World Cup in 2025.

Abbie Ward - a key player in England's formidable line-out - says she will "100%" continue until the next World Cup, while star centre Emily Scarratt, who is 32, is undecided.

She said losing a second successive final to New Zealand was "certainly a driving force to win a World Cup".

Scarratt said: "I said to my mum when I saw her and gave her a big hug: 'Brace yourself, we might have to do another three years of this.'

"It's definitely not a decision to be made now. We'll see."

Head coach Simon Middleton has also lost two World Cup finals in a row, and he is yet to confirm whether he wants to stay at the helm.

Middleton, whose reign has included a record 30-Test winning streak and four successive Six Nations titles, has a contract until the end of the 2023 Women's Six Nations.

Sweeney told BBC Radio 5 Live it was "important to have some continuity" after the World Cup, adding it "would be good to have a woman" leading England "at some point".

He said there was "a raft of coaches" on the RFU's radar to succeed Middleton and confirmed he would discuss the head coach's future when he is back in England.

The RFU has led the way in investing in women's rugby since giving the Red Roses full-time contracts in 2019.

Other sides, including Wales and New Zealand, are now following suit in making their women's teams professional.

The Black Ferns were only given contracts earlier this year, and Sweeney said it was "a bit disappointing" they won the World Cup despite a comparative lack of investment.

With the game still growing, both the Red Roses and the World Cup in New Zealand were run at a loss.

But Sweeney said England's final loss "won't change the views on investment", adding 70% of the fans at Eden Park on Saturday were new followers for New Zealand Rugby and women's rugby "is good for the overall health of the game".

World Rugby chief executive Alan Gilpin said the success of the tournament in New Zealand had "given us confidence to invest more". • None 'You never get over it' - Middleton

When can you next see England in action?

In two weeks, England's players can return to play for their clubs in the Premier 15s - the most competitive women's domestic league in the world, which is also benefiting from increased RFU investment.

Their next international outing will be in the 2023 Women's Six Nations, which starts on 26 March 2023.

In that tournament, England will tour the country as they play in Newcastle and Northampton before a first standalone fixture at Twickenham against France in what is likely to be the decider.

About 20,000 tickets have been sold for the Twickenham game, and Sweeney is confident that number will reach 40,000 - half the stadium's capacity.

The RFU is also hopeful it can host World Rugby's new women's competition WXV in 2024, in preparation for a home World Cup in 2025.

Sweeney is aiming for the 2025 World Cup to break even and says "we will fill Twickenham" for the final "and hopefully for the semi-final as well".

Before that, the plan is to host matches in different regions around the country in what Sweeney says will be "the best ever women's World Cup". • None The English - an epic Western drama starring Emily Blunt and Chaske Spencer • None Watch the incredible new drama from the creator of Peaky Blinders

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