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With a second-place finish at the womens rugby World Cup, Canada showed it deserved a place among the sports elite teams. Blair Walsh Jersey .Figuring out how to stay there is the next challenge, and it could be a big one.The Canadian womens team received unprecedented exposure during its run to the final of the World Cup, which ended in a tough 21-9 loss to England on Sunday. Canadas games were televised live, and winger Magali Harveys brilliant 100-metre try against France in Canadas semifinal win made highlight reels across the country.But even after such a successful tournament, head coach Francois Ratier said in an interview after the final that its possible the team might be forgotten after what he called its 15 minutes.It remains to be seen how Rugby Canada builds on the historic World Cup performance, the precedent set by the sustained interest in womens soccer after Canadas bronze-medal performance at the London Olympics could serve as a possible model.I think the fact that it was shown on TV is going to make a huge difference, because women around the world and especially in Canada got to see what we were doing on the field and see what it was all about, Harvey said on a conference call Wednesday. So Im hoping that its going to promote the sport and push females around Canada to try that sport or any other sport.But as helpful as the exposure is, there are hurdles. Ratier said fundraising for the team was a considerable obstacle and getting fixtures against quality teams is a challenge for Canada, but not European teams.Ratier said Wednesday one of the key challenges facing Canada over the next three years is developing depth. While Canadas roster has star power — Harvey won the IRB womens rugby player of the year award, while captain Kelly Russell, who Ratier calls Canadas best player, was a finalist — heavyweights like New Zealand, England and France have more overall depth and can overcome injuries and fatigue easier.Its increasing the depth in certain positions, and making sure that when we have an injury we can replace her with a (quality player), Ratier said. Its identifying more talent and developing more players in the key positions. This is the key for the next three years.And those players will likely have to incur a substantial cost to participate in the next World Cup. Ratier estimated that Canadian players spent around $10,000 out of their own pockets to attend the World Cup and the preparation tournaments leading up to it.Ratier said its a big commitment considering we are playing teams that are funded, like New Zealand, England and France.When you see the French who are paid 120 euros a week when they are away, its not big but at least they can survive, he said. For us, some of the girls had to resign from their job to go to this World Cup.Money doesnt appear to be an issue for Harvey, who said she doesnt think about the big contracts athletes of her calibre get in mainstream professional sports.I do it for the love, I do it for the passion, and I do it because I love representing Canada, she said.But representing Canada is not always easy, especially in the three years that follow a World Cup. Ratier after Sundays final that Canada has trouble lining up quality opponents at the same time that France and England are playing in the prestigious Womens Six Nations Championship.There are also some lingering infrastructure issues compared to countries where rugby is considered a top-tier sport for women. Harvey said she was offered little guidance when she first got into rugby in high school, though she added the level of coaching in Canada is improving.It was pretty scary because there were no coaches who knew how to play rugby so they would just put you on the field and tell you to play, she said. Now its getting better. Coaches are more informed and teach you more. Chris Carson Jersey . Both sides came closest to scoring in the first half, when Roma had a goal from Mattia Destro waved off for offside and Inters Rodrigo Palacio headed high. "A draw was a fair result. Neither squad had many chances," Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic said. Paul Richardson Jersey . Both sides came closest to scoring in the first half, when Roma had a goal from Mattia Destro waved off for offside and Inters Rodrigo Palacio headed high. "A draw was a fair result. Neither squad had many chances," Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic said.Wichita, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - The 11th-ranked Wichita State Shockers face a stern test on Tuesday night, as they entertain the Alabama Crimson Tide at Koch Arena. Alabama is sporting a 6-2 record, and the team has won three of its last four games. A 65-53 triumph over visiting Tennessee Tech on Saturday was the most recent, and a win in this contest would even the Tides road record at 1-1 after it dropped a 97-84 decision at Xavier in its only other true away game back on Dec. 6. Wichita State took its stellar 6-1 record into Saturdays clash at Detroit, and while it wasnt pretty, the Shockers put another tally in the win column by claiming a 77-68 triumph. That victory evened the teams road record at 1-1, and it was its third straight win overall. WSUs lone setback of the campaign happened at Utah on Dec. 3 (69-68 OT). This is the second straight season in which these two teams have met, and Wichita State won last years matchup in Tuscaloosa, 72-67, to knot the all- time series at 3-3. Alabama got off to a slow start in its recent bout with Tennessee Tech, leading 37-36 at the break. The Golden Eagles scored only 17 points in the second half, as they were held to a season-low 53 total points. Rodney Cooper used an 11-of-14 effort at the free-throw line to tally a game-high 23 points, while Levi Randolph was the only other UA player to hit for double figures as he chipped in 10 points to go with five assists. As a team, the Crimson Tide shot 6-of-14 from 3-point range and committed only nine turnovers, while Tech shot just 34.6 percent from the field overall and was more than doubled up in points fromm the charity stripe, 25-12. Rees Odhiambo Jersey. Despite his lackluster showing in the last game, Randolph continues to pace the team in scoring with his 17.8 ppg, and he ranks second on the team in rebounding with 5.1 rpg. He is first in assists with 24, and steals with 14. Other solid contributors include Cooper (13.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg), Ricky Tarrant (13.4 ppg) and Shannon Hale (9.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg) for a team that is generating 78 ppg and allowing 71.4 ppg, while coming up even in the rebounding battle (+0.1) and slightly ahead in turnovers (+2.4). Wichita State shot only 41.3 percent from the floor, yet still posted a double-digit win at Detroit over the weekend. The Shockers nailed nine treys, missing 19 more, and got a double-double performance from Darius Carter as he finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Ron Baker was high man with 19 points and he grabbed seven boards, while Fred VanVleet and Tekele Cotton chipped in with 11 points apiece. WSU wound up on the plus side of the ledger in rebounding (42-35), committed 10 turnovers to 13 for the Titans, and outscored its hosts at the foul line, 16-7. Baker is averaging 18.5 ppg as the team leader in scoring, but he gets help from three other starters, as the Shockers light up the scoreboard for 78.1 ppg in hitting 46.6 percent of their field goal attempts, which includes a 37.6 percent showing from long range. Defensively, Wichita State is putting the clamps on in allowing only 59.9 ppg, with foes converting only 41.3 percent of their total shots. 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