6 Players to Watch in the Women’s World Cup
With the Women’s Rugby World Cup kicking off tomorrow we wanted to share our six players to watch. From dynamic props and elusive scrum halves, to inspirational leaders, you won’t want to miss seeing these players in action.
Sarah Bern is without a doubt one of the most dynamic players in the world’s number one top team. Known not only for her power in the scrum and domination in contact, Bern also has the ability to excite the crowd with her illusive lines and quick feet. With experience in the back row and even the centres, Bern is not a standard prop and it is not unusual to see her make breaks through the middle of the pitch. With England being the team to watch this tournament we are excited to see the impact she can make. Tune in to watch England take on Fiji at 04:45 on 8th October.
A new member of the 15s squad Norkett is a recent convert from the 7s game and we can’t wait to see the influence she will have on this newly professional welsh side. Norkett helped Wales secure their best finish in the 6 nations this year since 2009. Having only converted to rugby from netball in 2017, the journey Norkett has been on has been an inspiring one so far. Although she may not have as much experience on the international stage, Norkett will be one to watch this tournament. Wales play Scotland in their first game at 05:45 on 9th October
Centre / Full Back
Kelter is one of the most destructive ball carriers in the tournament, and definitely one to keep an eye out for. With experience as an elite ice-hockey and soccer player, her athletic background makes her a force to be reckoned with. She has been a stand out player in the Allinaz Premiere 15s for Saracens. If her achievements on the 15s field were not enough she also has the title of the first ever American Woman to score a try in an olympic games. Watch out for Kelter in her first game against Italy at 00:15 on Sunday 9th October.
A Talisman for the French team, Sansus has made her name as a scrum half who can rip defences apart. She is not only a fantastic player but also one that her team look to for leadership from the front. Although she has the ability to run herself, look out for how she puts her teammates through holes in the defensive line, she even made the most assists in the most recent TikTok Six Nations. Her efforts did not go unnoticed and she was awarded the accolade of being the Player of the Tournament. With her recent announcement that she will retire after this tournament, she is on a mission to make a big impression this autumn. France have their first game against South Africa at 02:15 on Saturday 8th October.
2022 Wales player of the year, Alisha Butchers is not one to miss in this year’s World Cup. With an incredible work ethic Butchers has the ability to create seemingly impossible opportunities for her team. Not one to shy away from the contact, she punches well above her weight in the back row. She has been instrumental in the performance of her club Bristol Bears and having recently been made professional by the Welsh Rugby Union, we are all waiting to see how much more she has to give. Watch Butchers in a home nations fixture against Scotland at 05:45 on Sunday 9th October.
Fly Half / Centre
With 57 caps for Italy, Rigoni is a captain who can draw from her experience when leading her side. Being a threat both with the ball and by her kicking game, Rigoni is a crowd favourite who plays with flair and is always an exciting player to watch. Italy have once again proven their resilience and, with a recent win away against Wales in the Six Nations, they come into this tournament with confidence and a determination to prove their ability. Watch Italy against the USA at 00:45 on the 9th October.