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'Cheap and nasty' - The World Cup final complaint irking fans

By Ian Cameron
New Zealand's players lift the trophy after winning the New Zealand 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup final match between New Zealand and England at Eden Park in Auckland on November 12, 2022. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP) (Photo by MARTY MELVILLE/AFP via Getty Images)

While the general response to the Rugby World Cup final in Auckland has been overwhelmingly positive, there’s one element of the event that has exorcised even seasoned journalists.


England’s Test-record 30-match winning run came to an abrupt end after the Red Roses were beaten 34-31 by New Zealand in the final at Eden Park on Saturday.

The tournament has been hailed as a triumph for the women’s game, with attendance records tumbling and an unprecedented amount of interest in the flagship event.

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However, there was at least one snag for some viewers. Many don’t feel the current Women’s Rugby World Cup trophy is fit for purpose.

Veteran rugby journalist and broadcaster Sonja McLaughlan wrote: “Given growth of women’s game think it’s high time that trophy got an upgrade.”

When pushed on her view, which was held by many, she described it as ‘cheap and nasty’. “It’s not about size although as bloke understand why that’s your first thought. Just looks cheap and nasty.”

Old Sulians RFC wrote: “Either the World Cup trophy is small or the Black Ferns are all bigger than Martin Bayfield.”


Another fan wrote: “That trophy is an insult. They’ve just won the Rugby World Cup and it’s that small.”

“Anyone else think the women’s rugby World Cup trophy could be a lot better? Like that doesn’t look like a WC trophy,” opined another.

“I’m sorry but what a piss poor trophy that is for the women’s rugby World Cup,” wrote one irate fan, who was clearly unimpressed with the cup.


“Anyone else think they seriously need to upgrade that women’s rugby World Cup trophy? It’s a world cup! not a coffee cup,” penned another fan.

Given the near-unanimous objections online, it may be in line for changing ahead of the 2025 Rugby World Cup.

additional reporting PA


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Pecos 613 days ago

It's been the same size every tournament. Why complain now? Trolling for those likes eh!!?

Graham 615 days ago

Is it just fans of 6 times runner up England that are complaining? I haven't heard any complaints from 6 times winners New Zealand.

Godfrey 615 days ago

That English prop that scored a hat trick of rolling maul tries would have no trouble lifting a cup ten times the size of the cup the Black Ferns lifted last night but have any of these critics considered the cup is like our Ruby - petite and powerful.

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Shaylen 4 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

These guys will be utility players Nick it cannot be helped because coaches cannot help themselves. Rassie looks at players like these and sees the ability to cover multiple positions without losing much. It allows the 6-2 or 7-1. He wont change his coaching style or strategy for one player. At provincial level players like these are indispensable. If there is an injury to your starting 12 but your back up 12 is a bit iffy then a coach is going to go with the back up 10 who is gold and who can play a good 12. Damian Willemse for the Springboks is an obvious case, for the Stormers its the same. Dobson plays him at 12 or 15, with Gelant in the team he plays 12 but if Gelant goes down he doesnt go for his back up 15, he just puts Willemse there. With Frawley its the same at international and provincial level. He just slots in wherever. Frans Steyn made a career out of it. He was much maligned though as a youngster as he never fully developed into any role. He then went to Japan and France to decide for himself what kind of player he was, put on muscle and retained his big boot, ran over players and booted the ball long and came back into the Springboks after about 3 years away and was then certain about how he wanted to play the game no matter what position. Coaches cannot help themselves because they only want what is best for their teams and that means putting your most talented players on even if it means you cause them some discomfort. Sometimes players need to decide how they want to play the game and then adapt that to every position and let the coach decide how they want to use them.

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Jon 10 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

I think the main problem here is the structure of both countries make up. They are going to have very similar.. obstacles(not problems). It will just be part of the evolution of their rugby and they’ll need to find a way to make this versatility more advantageous than specialization. I think South Africa are well on the way to that end already, but Ireland are more likely to have a hierarchical approach and move players around the provinces. Ioane is going to be more than good enough to lock up one of those available positions for more than a few years I believe though. Morgan would definitely be a more long term outlook. Sacha to me has the natural footwork of a second five. Not everything is about winning, if a team has 3 players that want to play 10s just give them all a good go even if its to the detriment of everyone, this is also about dreams of the players, not just the fans. This is exactly how it would be in an amateur club setting. Ultimately some players just aren’t suited to any one position. The example was of a guy that had size and speed, enough pace to burn, power to drive, and speed to kick and pass long, but just not much else when it came to actual rugby (that matched it). New Zealand has it’s own example with Jordie Barrett and probably shows what Reece Hodge could have been if the game in Australia had any administration. Despite the bigger abundance of talent in NZ, Jordie was provided with consistent time as a fullback, before being ushered in as a second five. Possibly this was due to his blood, and another might not have been as fortunate, but it is what it was, a complete contrast to how Hodge was used in Australia, were he could have had any position he wanted. When it comes down to it though, much like these young fellas, it will be about what they want, and I think you’ll find they’ll be like Hodge and just want to be as valuable to the team as they can and play wherever. It’s not like 63 International Cap is a hard thing to live with as a result of that decision!

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