Women’s rugby: European Championship starts on Tuesday

From Tuesday to Saturday, Belgium will host the “Four Nations” European Championships 15-aside women’s rugby tournament.

The tournament will be played in both Waterloo and Brussels.

The Belgian team is ranked 21st in the world, and is coached by Xavier Bossert and Renaud Labardant. Belgium will play against the Netherlands (which is 14th in the world rankings) in Tuesday’s semi-finals (at 8 p.m.) at the Pachy stadium in Waterloo. Prior to Belgium’s match, the other major clash, at 6 p.m, is the semi-final between Germany (20th in the world) against Spain (10th in the world).

The losers of each match will play for third place on Friday at 7 p.m. in Waterloo. The final is scheduled to take place on Saturday at 1 p.m., at the “Petit Heysel” in Brussels. It will be the curtain-raiser for the matches of the Black Devils against Germany in the Rugby Europe International Championships.

The “Four Nations” tournament is one European level below the “Six Nations”, which brings together, as for the men’s tournament, England (2nd in the world), France (3rd), Wales (7th), Ireland (8th), Italy (9th) and Scotland (with a global ranking of 12th). Belgium is ranked 13th amongst the European nations in women’s rugby.

The author: Michel DEURINCK

Michel Deurinck, born in Brussels in 1950, started his career in the Belgian civil service, dedicating over 30 years to public service. Upon retirement, he pursued his passion for journalism. Transitioning into this new field, he quickly gained recognition for his insightful reporting on politics and culture. Deurinck's balanced and thoughtful approach to journalism has made him a respected figure in Belgian media.

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