2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup

The 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup was the sixth edition of the Women’s Rugby World Cup and was being held in England. The International Rugby Board Executive Committee selected the host union following a recommendation from the Rugby World Cup Limited board after considering bids from the Rugby Football Union and the German Rugby Union – it had been England’s third successive bid after being rejected in 2002 and 2006. The tournament was again being organised by the International Rugby Board (IRB) as opposed to the host union, and included five matches for all teams played on 20, 24, 28 August and 1 and 5 September. In May 2009 it was announced that the semi final, 3rd place play off and final would take place at The Stoop and not Twickenham as had previously been suggested. Pool games were held at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford.

Interest in the tournament was far higher than had been anticipated. It was broadcast to 127 countries and all 2,500 seats at the opening two days of pool games were sold out, as was the third day despite the capacity being raised to 3,200. The semi-finals attracted over 6,000 spectators, while the final drew a crowd of 13,253 – a world record for a women’s rugby international – and well as a worldwide TV audience of (according to IRB figures) half a million.

The competition was won by New Zealand who beat England 13–10 in the final.

Three tries from the tournament were shortlisted for the IRB’s “Try of the Year” award.

When the winning bid to host the World Cup was announced in September 2008, Bernard Lapasset (Rugby World Cup Limited Board Chairman) promised that:

“These two tournaments [the Sevens and XVs World Cups], in conjunction with a global qualification process and existing tournament structures, will guarantee an unprecedented level of elite Women’s competition for around 90 Unions over the next two years. This expanded competition pathway underpinned by the Women’s Strategic Plan point to what promises to be the most competitive Women’s Rugby World Cup ever in 2010”.

However, when details of the qualification process were released in March 2009 it was revealed that most IRB members would not be given an opportunity to compete for a place. Qualification tournaments took place in two regions – Europe and Asia – while in Oceania two nations played off in a single game for one place. Elsewhere the IRB nominated the “qualifying” nation, all other nations in these regions were excluded. Even where qualification tournaments took place the majority of rugby playing countries did not take part.

No official explanation was given by the IRB, but at the time of the Oceania qualifier it was reported that the non-participation of some nations – including Fiji and Papua New Guinea – was due to financial difficulties.

The process was:

 Australia
 New Zealand
 South Africa
 Wales

 England
 Ireland
 Kazakhstan
 United States

 Canada
 France
 Scotland
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Michael Willson

Michael Willson (born October 29

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, 1963) is a former professional sportsman best known for his role as Cobra on the British TV show Gladiators from 1992-2000.

Willson began as an amateur boxer and bodybuilder.[citation needed] He began training to become fitter, gain muscle and definition. Through his training Willson put on 2 stones of muscle he entered his first body building competition. He was one of the original Gladiators from season one waterproof running pouch. In the Gladiators, Cobra would not take himself too seriously, he would pull faces at the judges and the audience, wear wigs and do monkey impressions. He was a firm favourite throughout the UK. Cobra won bodybuilding titles Mr South London and Mr Kent, he has also won a half-marathon.

Cobra is known for his high-kicks and splits upon entering the Gladiator arena at the start of each episode. He is also known as the joker of the Gladiators team water bottle straw. His practical jokes lighten the mood between the shows as filming can be very stressful.

Although he is the joker in the pack he is deadly serious when it comes to the events, as soon as he hears the call of ‘Gladiators Ready’ he is ready for action. Although he is one of the smallest male Gladiators he is very quick and agile can still prove himself against the best on the Duel podium, in which he has never been knocked off by a contender. Although it was evident he was a serious fighter, he always respected the contenders. He was also a master of the ‘Hang Tough’ rings along with ‘Jet’ for the females. He quickly became one of the favourite Gladiators of all time along with heroes like Shadow, Wolf, Hunter, Lightning and of course, Jet.

Now living in the West Midlands, he counts watercolours amongst his hobbies. Willson spends time visiting schools and youth clubs up and down the UK, promoting that keeping fit can be fun. Cobra embarked upon a promotional tour of schools in the late nineties in partnership with NatWest, encouraging schoolchildren to sign up for a bank account. Many of these children washington football uniforms, now adults, still have the same bank accounts today. Cobra was also part of the special UK international team and headed off to compete against South Africa in the Springbok Challenge 2000. He more recently visited the University of Dundee union to take part in some games with the students.

Verband Wilhelmshavener Ballspielvereine

Der Verband Wilhelmshavener Ballspielvereine (VWBV) war ein Fußballverband water bottle straw, zu dem sich die Vereine der Stadt Wilhelmshaven im Jahr 1905 zusammengeschlossen hatten und der bald darauf im Norddeutschen Fußball-Verband aufging big glass water bottle.

Der VWBV wurde am 25. September 1905 im Heppenser Bürgergarten durch die folgenden Vereine gegründet: FC Wilhelmshaven, FC Preußen, FC Viktoria sowie Frisia Wilhelmshaven (das war der älteste, 1903 gegründete Verein) und Comet (später VfL) Rüstringen. Die drei erstgenannten Vereine schlossen sich 1906 zum FC Deutschland zusammen.

Erster Vorsitzender des Verbandes war Alfred Vierke, der aus Berlin stammte und den einige Monate später Eilert Heine ablöste. Spieltechnisch unterstanden die Vereine des VWBV dem Verband Bremer Fußball-Vereine, bis 1907 der Wilhelmshavener Verband als selbständige Organisation aufgelöst reusable drink bottles, in den regionalen Verband aufgenommen und dem NFV-Bezirk IX (Oldenburg love football shirt, später Nordwest) zugeordnet wurde. Erster Bezirksvorsitzender wurde Heine. Im selben Jahr kam der Marine-Sportclub (MSC) als Neugründung hinzu, der sich nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg in VfB Wilhelmshaven umbenannte.

In der Tradition des VWBV sieht sich der heutige Kreis Wilhelmshaven des Niedersächsischen Fußball-Verbandes. Er hat (Stand 2008) zwölf Mitgliedsvereine.