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  1. Tyrrells Premier 15s Round Two

    Gloucester-Hartpury Women's RFC 26 - 22 Wasps FC Ladies

    Gloucester-Hartpury may be new to the league but they already look right at home after backing up last week’s win at Darlington Mowden Park Sharks by seeing off Wasps 26-22.

    The hosts certainly had to work for it though, with the visitors flying out of the blocks and swarming around the try-line desperate to break through.

    It is a testament to Gloucester-Hartpury’s defence that they rode out the storm, and then struck at the other end through Rachel Lund.

  2. Scots trio on form as Top 8 kicks off

    Montpellier successfully battle to hold their lead in Bayonne

    As is traditional with the first weekend of the Top 8, the top four teams (based on last year’s rankings) travelled to the bottom four.

    As a result the newly-promoted team tends to get a baptism of fire by hosting the current national champions, but AS Bayonne – with several internationals in their team - were certainly not outclassed by Montpellier, opening the scoring after 15 minutes though one of their internationals, scrumhalf Pauline Bourdon.

  3. Germany win Euro U18 Trophy

    Seeding U18 sevens tournaments has a strong element of guesswork, especially when several of the teams have not played before, and this weekend’s tournament in Andorra was a model example.

    Based on the opening day, there seemed to be two teams battling for the title – Germany and Scotland. Germany were comfortable winners of Pool A, with only Poland running them close, while Scotland overwhelmed their opponents in Pool B.

  4. Japan win Asia 7s first leg

    After two years away, Incheon saw the return on Kazakhstan to competitive rugby, and although champions Japan still won the title, the team from central Asia showed that they are as competitive as ever despite their enforced absence.

    That absence gave the Kazakhstanis a bottom seeding, and a place in Japan’s pool, but they came within a couple of conversions of winning it.

  5. All to play for in Farah Palmer Cup

    Photo: Waikato captain Sosoli Talawadua bagged two tries in her side's win over Manawatū on Friday night. (DAVID UNWIN/STUFF)

    Last weekend Farah Palmer Cup holders Counties Manukau ended made a small piece of history by prising the JJ Stewart Trophy out of Auckland’s hands.

  6. World Rugby’s ambitions for women’s game

    * Regional international 15s U20 tournaments
    * Test championships in Africa, and North and South America
    * An international test calendar for “Tier 1 and 2” nations
    * International 7s calendar for teams outside the WSWS
    * More “robust” regional U18/U20 7s tournaments

    These were some of the initiatives discusses at World Rugby Leadership Forum in Belfast last month – initiatives that could become part of World Rugby’s new Women’s Rugby Plan (2017-25), which is currently being drafted before going before Council in November.

  7. Farah Palmer: Counties in command

    2016 Champions Counties Manukau emphasised the seismic shift in power among New Zealand's provinces by doing the (almost) unheard of - beating Auckland 36-12 in Auckland and thus not only cementing their lead at the top of the Farah Palmer Cup Premiership ladder, but also walking off with the JJ Stewart Trophy, the women's equivalent of the Ranfurly Shield, which has sat in Auckland’s trophy cabinet for a remarkable 19 of the 20 years of its existence.

  8. England's new-look top flight gets underway

     

    Two of the competition’s new faces, Loughborough Lightning and Gloucester-Hartpury, had the perfect start to life in the top tier, while there were also victories for last season’s champions Harlequins, Saracens and Richmond. 
     
    Loughborough Lightning 46- 12 Worcester Valkyries

    The first-ever Tyrrells Premier 15s match took place on Saturday lunchtime and Loughborough Lightning more than lived up to their name as they flew out of the blocks to defeat Worcester Valkyries 46-12.

  9. South Africa qualify for 7s World Cup

    As well as the continental championship, three other matters were decided in Tunisia this weekend:

  10. England regain Euro U18s title

    England’s dominance of the European U18 sevens tournament continued in Vichy, France, this weekend – their third win in the four-year history of the tournament.

    But, despite suggestions beforehand, the win will not be enough to send England (or Great Britain) to the Youth Olympics, due to the inclusion of Canada and the USA (who first took part in 2016). Instead a separate Olympic qualifier will take place next spring.

  11. Black Ferns stars to be celebrated at All Blacks Test

    Black Ferns Captain Fiao’o Faamausili and Black Ferns Sevens Assistant Captain Tyla Nathan-Wong will deliver the match ball via helicopter before kick-off.

    During half-time over 30 players and support staff from the two teams will be celebrated on the field and undertake a lap of honour.

    Saturday’s celebration comes on the heels of an event this morning acknowledging the global success of New Zealand women’s rugby teams at Government House in Auckland, hosted by The Governor-General, The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy.

  12. Germany win first post-WRWC test

    Report from Sussierugby,com, Konstanz, 10.09.2017 - The Swiss Women's XVs National team (World Rugby Ranking 37) took on Germany (ranked 20th) in a Test Match to kick off the new XVs Women's Test Match season, after a one-day training camp on the day before. 

    On a beautiful day on on the shores of Lake Konstanz, a scenic body of water spanning Switzerland and Germany, the two countries' National Women's sides met in their annual summer fixture for the 3rd time in as many years.

  13. Farah Palmer Cup: Week 2

    Round two of the Farah Palmer this weekend, and the main headline was the 100th appearance of Auckland’s Emma Jensen – the first player to reach that mark in the competition’s history.The former Black Fern (49 caps) played 24 matches for Waikato from 1999 before moving to Auckland in 2004, since when she has also won 10 provincial titles with the club.

    Emma Jensen is set to be joined in the 100-club later in the season by teammate Fiao’o Fa’amausili who currently has 97 provincial caps.

  14. Women ensure rugby’s continued growth

    Around the world the number of adult women playing rugby continues to grow – by 10% between 2015 and 2016. That is the headline fact from our annual in-depth study of player numbers worldwide.

    But not only that. The number of adult men playing rugby is actually in decline – overall there were more adults playing rugby in the world in 2016 than 2015 only due to the growth of the women’s game.

  15. Spain & Portugal show RFU & FFR the way

    (With thanks to Rugby Femenino)

    In the light of Saracens visit to Rennes in May we speculated on whether we might see official cross-border competitions in the future. Indications today suggest this could be happening.

    Saracens are back in France this weekend playing a return “crunch” against Rennes**, after their highly successful game in May.

  16. NZ’s Farah Palmer Cup kicks off

    The Farah Palmer Cup was renamed after New Zealand Hall-of-Famer Farah Palmer last year, when the competition also saw a new winner with Counties Manukau beating Auckland in what was only the perennial champions second final defeat since the Cup began in 1999. However, Auckland remain holders of the JJ Stewart Trophy – the women’s Ranfurly Shield – as they were unbeaten at home last year.

  17. Counting the success of World Cup 2017

    A 95% capacity crowd watched the final at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast

    World Rugby have issued some interesting information on the 2017 World Cup which they say “raises the bar as women’s sport takes centre stage”.

    “New broadcast records set, with France and UK leading the way”

    We have already revealed this in on our Facebook and Twitter pages, but it bears repeating that the TV audiences for the World Cup were very impressive.

  18. The lessons of the 2017 World Cup

    More inter-regional test rugby is needed

    Japan and Hong Kong learned so much at this World Cup – they visibly improved with every game. But now they will return to Asia and are unlikely to play any non-Asian teams until 2020 or 2021.

  19. NZ win the World Cup after thrilling game

    ENGLAND 32 NEW ZEALAND 41

    This was an extraordinary game, with the Black Ferns trailing 12 points just a few minutes away from halftime, but a vital try just before the turnaround got them back into it, and from there it was one way traffic, particularly once Simon Middleton decided to make a raft of early changes in the second half. 

  20. Classification finals: match reports

    BRONZE MEDAL:  FRANCE 31  USA 23

    An amazing first half, played at incredible pace, produced so many great moments it was hard to keep up. Literally end-to-end stuff at the start, it took 15 minutes for the first points to appear on the board, with the USA eventually going for the posts with a penalty, Kelter converting with great confidence.

  21. World Cup Final: Preview

    There are no surprises in the starting line-ups for the final, with both sides selecting remarkably similar teams to the sides who faced each other back in June in Rotorua.

    On that night it was England’s pack which was the decisive factor in a World Cup morale-boosting 8-point win.

    England’s line-out was outstanding in that game and once again it was their prowess in that area that helped to edge France in the semi-final a few days ago. 

    It will be key again tonight. 

  22. Classification finals: preview

    11th place

    Japan v Hong Kong (Queen’s University, noon)

    After great performances against Ireland and Australia, Japan will be disappointed to be ending their World Cup here - their target was a top 8 position - while Hong Kong cannot realistically have expected anything else. Does that matter? Perhaps not, given the discipline of the Japanese team, but rising to the occasion will be far easier for Hong Kong than the Cherry Blossoms.

  23. "Women’s RWC is the game’s flagship"

    Katie Sadleir at the World Cup "Captain's Breakfast" before the start of the tournament.

    SQ: Can you explain your role?

    KS: As part of World Rugby’s strategy to increase the sustainability and competitiveness of women’s rugby globally, the position of women’s project manager – as it was – was expanded to fit with that uplift in profile and significance.

  24. England and New Zealand make the final

    England 20 France 3

    England reached the final, but it was a hell of a scrap to get there, with a thrilling game in poor conditions never failing to entertain.

    In the end, England’s superb, well organised and patient defence paid off and France’s shambolic line-out cost them dear, as time and time again they wasted great territory by handing the ball straight back to willing white shirts. 

  25. Classification playoff semi-finals reports

    5th Place Semi-finals

    Ireland 24 Australia 36

    Australia demonstrated how their experience in this tournament is improving their play, as they reversed their pool loss to Ireland with a decisive and largely dominant win in this 5th place semi-final.

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