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It seems the women’s rugby game has out done the men’s game, in one area at least.

The 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup wrapped up in Ire­land at the weekend with New Zealand claim­ing the hon­ours with a vic­tory over Eng­land in the fi­nal.

World Rugby are hail­ing the event as a ma­jor step for­ward for the women’s game and have un­veiled a stat which sug­gests the women have provided an added bonus for spec­ta­tors over that of the men’s game.

Anal­y­sis has shown that on av­er­age the ball was in play 10 per cent longer than in men’s matches, one of many stats re­leased by World Rugby to high­light what a suc­cess the tour­na­ment in Ire­land was.

World Rugby chair­man Bill Beau­mont has hailed the World Cup as ‘‘spe­cial and ground­break­ing’’.

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