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Tayla Kinsey eager for Women's World Cup

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The attention in rugby has been on England hosting the 2015 World Cup, with fans awaiting the arrival of this international tournament, but in France kick-off is fast approaching for the Women's Rugby World Cup.

The tournament begins on the first of August and preparation has been long and gruelling, especially in this heat, but the women of the sport are going out to prove a point and achieve their dreams.

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Tayla Kinsey & South Africa

One player who can't wait to get started is 20-year-old Tayla Kinsey, as the South African will be representing her country in her debut senior tournament.

But speaking to South Africa Rugby's website, the scrumhalf stated how this will be a true honour, as the youngster will be hoping to help her country win their first World Cup.

"The last few years have been amazing," said Kinsey.

"Earlier this year I was selected for the squad to tour London and France and then the Rugby World Cup squad. This all happened very quickly, which was a surprise, and to be honest I never thought it would happen so soon. But it is a great honour to be here and to be able to represent my country on the biggest stage."

South Africa have been drawn in Pool C, the pool of death, as awaiting in their group are Australia, Wales and hosts France, as the nine teams in the tournament will all qualify for the knockout stages but will be ranked from first to ninth place in the final standings.

The Springboks will be hoping for an improved World Cup from their 2010 campaign with their opening fixture coming against Australia.
In the last World Cup South Africa finished third in their group behind New Zealand and Australia, before losing to Wales in the ninth place play-off match 29-17.

Women's RWC

This tournament will be the seventh World Cup having been started up in 1991, as New Zealand are the current champions having won the cup for four consecutive years and will be looking for a fifth championship this summer.

But in hindsight this will be a great tournament for the women's game and publicity that comes with it, as the women of the sport can showcase their talents and keep their doubters quiet.

This tournament could also acknowledge the recent case of April Miller and how the teenager was banned from the men's game in Southland, New Zealand, making the point that women stand as much of a right playing the sport as men do, and gender shouldn't come into the frame.

Sky Sports will be broadcasting the tournament in France and again the televised competition can only improve the nature of the sport and the amount of people who go to attend matches.

All nine teams taking part all have something to prove; they will be representing their countries on the highest stage, but also women's game as they'll be hoping fans can get behind them and support a growing sport that is set to become a talking point over the next couple of weeks.

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