Video: Eleven-try victory not enough to ensure qualification

Despite securing a 63-8 win over Sweden this afternoon (see previous report) the bonus point victory wasn't enough to see the Scots through to next year's World Cup, as Samoa edged the Netherlands and Spain beat Italy, meaning that Spain and Samoa take the two available spots, with Scotland in third place.

Head coach Karen Findlay said: "Competitions are competitions and we knew it was going to be hard. The only thing we could focus on was doing the job within our control. We never wanted to be in a position today where our fate was in other people's hands.

"Today the players did everything we possibly asked of them. We had a game plan - to go into the wide channel - and they stuck to it. We scored 11 tries so I was absolutely delighted for them as a team today."

 

Twelve teams will take part in Women's Rugby World Cup 2014 in Paris. There are six automatic qualifiers: reigning world champions New Zealand, 2010 runners up England, 2010 bronze medallists Australia, 2014 hosts France plus USA and Canada by virtue of their top six placing at WRWC 2010.

Ireland and Wales, as the two highest placed teams on aggregate from the 2012 and 2013 6 Nations (outside of automatic qualifiers England and France), have also secured their places. The top two teams from the Madrid tournament (Spain and Samoa) qualify, with the two remaining sides coming from yet to be determined Africa and Asia qualifiers.