Player Ratings – France vs Denmark

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Player Ratings – France vs Denmark In a do-or-die battle, it was Denmark who prevailed to survive Group B and progress to the main round with a deserved 20:18 win. Japan 2019’s group of death claimed its biggest casualty in the form of defending champions France, who must now face the ignominy of the President’s Cup on Sunday. Here are …

“I’m just so glad we don’t have to play the President’s Cup”

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VIDEO: Sandra Toft and Trine Østergaard speak to Chris O’Reilly about their dramatic victory over France on the final day of the preliminary round. The 20:18 success for the Danes was hard-fought and wrought with nerves, but goalkeeper Toft and right wing Østergaard kept cool heads to help steer Denmark to the main round and consign 2017 champions France to …

A dream come true for Heba Aly, Japan 2019’s only female head coach

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A dream come true for Australia’s Heba Aly, Japan 2019’s only female head coach By Chris O’Reilly After a six-year absence from the Women’s World Championship, Australia were dropped back into the deep end, in one of the toughest preliminary round groups of all-time, featuring five former champions. What a way to welcome the Aussies back to the party. But …

Tomac: “I wanted to calm things down”

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VIDEO: Norway battled through a tough Angola challenge to maintain their perfect record at Japan 2019. Centre back Marta Tomac spoke to Chris O’Reilly in the aftermath of the 30:24 win about which areas troubled them most, her impact after coming on and what to expect from the Group A “final” against the Netherlands on Friday.

Dynamic Dutch blast past Serbia

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Match of the day – Serbia vs Netherlands By Chris O’Reilly With the Netherlands’ shaky start to Japan 2019 and Serbia giving Norway a serious test two days ago, this was a highly anticipated clash. However, only one side was at the races today and it was the speedy Dutch. Before the match There was so much at stake coming …

Player Ratings – Germany vs France

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Player Ratings – Germany vs France France have finally arrived at Japan 2019 as their 27:25 win over the previously perfect Germans means their World Championship title defence lives on, at least until Friday’s showdown with Denmark. Here are the ratings for all players involved and the two head coaches, with everyone rated on a scale from 1 (the worst) …

Zaadi believes France have rediscovered their good vibes

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VIDEO: Grace Zaadi felt a mixture of joy and relief following France’s 27:25 victory over Germany in a must-win match on Wednesday. The Franch playmaker tells Chris O’Reilly about how the pressure they felt led to France not being their usual selves and breaks down what worked for them against the previously unbeaten Germans. France’s win keeps them in the …

McAfee: “These opportunities are amazing”

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VIDEO: Shortly after Australia produced their most promising performance of Japan 2019, Madeleine McAfee gave her reactions to Chris O’Reilly. The Australian playmaker spoke about the positives taken from the 34:17 loss to Korea, how her team are dealing with the challenges which come with their first World Championship appearance since 2013 and what they hope to achieve in the …

Behnke and Bölk buzzing after big win

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VIDEO: Germany’s top scorers in the 26:25 win over Denmark, Julia Behnke and Emily Bölk gave their immediate reaction to the tense encounter to Chris O’Reilly on Tuesday night in Kumamoto. The victory ensures their perfect run at the World Championship continues and now they look forward to another big clash against France in fewer than 24 hours.