Stanislav Cherchesov’s side came into this tournament in their lowest-ever Fifa World Ranking slot at 63.
They were drawn alongside European champions Portugal and the best North America has to offer in Mexico.
It was always going to be a stretch to qualify, particularly with three points on offer for every team against New Zealand.
Britain's royal family continue to figure strongly in the thoughts of the 17-year-old mademoiselle, a tennis star in the making.
Scholars have long debated how much of the Hebrew bible was composed before the destruction of Jerusalem and the Kingdom of Judah in 586 BCE.
While scholars agree that key biblical texts were written starting in the 7th century BCE, the exact date of the compilation of these books remains in question.
This indicates a high literacy level within the Judahite administration and provides a possible stage-setting for compilation of biblical texts.
Credit: Michael Cordonsky (photographer), Tel Aviv University and the Israel Antiquities Authority.