Australia named Preferred Candidate for Rugby World Cup 2029
World Rugby has today announced Australia as preferred candidate to host Rugby World Cup 2029.
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Saturday’s victory in the second round of the TikTok Women’s Six Nations sees the sides swap places with Wales the higher-ranked of the two teams in eighth position.
Wales have gained further ground in the World Rugby Women’s Rankings powered by Capgemini thanks to their second consecutive victory in the TikTok Women’s Six Nations 2022.
A week after victory over Ireland lifted them back into the Top 10 of the rankings, Ioan Cunningham’s side have climbed another place as a result of their 24-19 win over Scotland in a Cardiff Arms Park thriller.
With just over three-quarters of a rating point riding on the outcome, Wales move up to eighth on 73.63 points with Scotland dropping down to ninth on 72.72 points.
🔥WHOAH. WHAT A TRY!@Alishabutchers1➡️@ffionalicelewis #HerStory pic.twitter.com/XIafUoHxx0— Welsh Rugby Union 🏉 (@WelshRugbyUnion) April 2, 2022
In what was a great advert for the women's game, Scotland belied their underdog status to race into a 19-7 lead at the start of the second half after Lana Skeldon’s early score was followed by a brace from Rhona Lloyd.
But buoyed by the support of a record 4,875 home crowd, Wales responded strongly with Sioned Harries, Kelsey Jones and Ffion Lewis adding to Carys Phillips’ earlier try.
Wales then withstood a fierce late onslaught from the visitors to hold on for a victory that makes them the higher-ranked of the two teams.
The win will also give Wales the psychological edge ahead of their Rugby World Cup 2021, played in 2022, Pool A encounter against Scotland in Whangarei on 9 October.
With France seeing off Ireland 40-5 and England completing a 74-0 victory over Italy in the other round two games, there were no further changes in the rankings.
Lydia Thompson was the star of the show with a hat-trick as the Red Roses recorded their 20th consecutive win.
England remain the world’s number one team on 96.26 points, while France stay third on 88.43 points.