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  1. First blood to the Black Ferns

     

     

    While the scoreline suggests something of a rout, New Zealand were made to work very hard by an inexperienced Australian team and in the end it was the unstoppable Black Ferns maul which did most of the damage.

    New Zealand's driving lineout was outstanding and Australia had few answers to its power - and it was that outlet which helped deliver a hat-trick for the 53-Test skipper Fiao’o Faamausili.

  2. Australia & NZ shape up for Sydney test

    The game is the first of a two test series and is being played before the Bledisloe Cup opener and it is the first time the Wallaroos have played at home for for over a decade.

    The teams last met last year when New Zealand produced a 44-17 win, and with Australia having finished sixth at last year’s World Cup, on paper it all points to handsome New Zealand win. 

    But that prediction would ignore the impact of the feel good factor in the women’s game down under, following significant strides made off the field over the past year. 

  3. U20: Big win for England v USA

    (Report: RFU. Picture RFU/Neil Kennedy)

    With nine changes made to the starting 15, England were ahead with their first attack of the game inside the first minute as Lilian Stoeger-Goddard went over down the right wing, with Ellie Mulhearn and Sarah Beckett's two scores giving England a 24-17 half-time lead.

    A penalty try from a scrum got the scoring going in the second half, with Lucy Attwood and Cara Brincat adding scores as England ran in seven tries overall

  4. China retain Asia U20 title

    This years's Asia U20s, again held on Hong Kong (10-11 August) had a smaller field than in 2017. Japan again did not take part, and India - who sensationally reached the semi-finals last year - were also no-shows.

  5. NZ & Australia battle it out to host World Cup

    The 2021 tournament will be the first to feature exciting new format changes, including the extension of the tournament window from 23 to 35 days , the addition of a quarter-final stage and squad increases from 28 to 30 players, reflecting World Rugby’s commitment to accelerating the development of the women’s game.

    Within their submissions, the unions were required to outline their vision and mission for hosting the showcase event, reflecting World Rugby’s eight hosting objectives, which are: 

  6. What is going on in South Africa? Part 1

    South Africa should be one of the great powers of women’s rugby. A wealthy union, a great rugby tradition, and more female players (according to World Rugby) than any other country in the world.

    Between 2010 and 2014 South Africa’s test team beat the USA and Wales, regularly took part in summer tournaments in Canada and came within a point of beating England, while their U20s beat England, and their sevens team was a member of the World Series.

  7. U20: England open with 6-try win.

    Photo: Rugby Canada (Report: RFU)

    First half scores courtesy of Lagi Tuima, Lilian Stoeger-Goddard, Abigail Dow and Zoe Harrison, as well as six points from the fly-half's boot, handed England a 26-7 lead at the break.

  8. World Cup bids in for 2021

    New Zealand and Australia have both confirmed they submitted bids in time for today’s deadline and though neither France nor Portugal would confirm, it is understood they have submitted a joint bid.

    England and Wales, having shown initial interest, decided not to bid in the end. 

    New Zealand’s bid names Auckland and Whangarei as host cities. Under the plan matches would be played at Albany Stadium, Waitakere Stadium and Northland Events Centre, with Eden Park also available.

  9. Canada open U20 tri-nations with win

    United States U20s (officially the “Junior All-Americans”) lost the first match of the U20 Women's Tri-Nations Cup 36-12 to Canada. Despite a hard-fought effort, defensive errors and problems with the set piece proved costly, allowing the Canadians to run away with a six try win at Acadia University in Nova Scotia.

  10. Ambitious Colombia retain gold at CAC Games

    “Las Tucanes” rounded off a highly successful tournament with a 20-0 victory over neighbours Venezuela in front of a home crowd at the CAC Games in Barranquilla this week. Also among the medals were Venezuela and Mexico, who claimed Silver and Bronze respectively.

  11. England & Wales unlikely to proceed with WC bids

    It is likely that they will leave it to Australia, New Zealand and the joint bid between France and Portugal, to battle it out to win hosting rights.

    England and Wales had both expressed interest earlier this year in bidding for the rights, but with the deadline for formal bids looming on August 10 neither are stay in the running. 

  12. Clark hangs up her test boots

    The 37-year-old prop made 137 international appearances before going on to feature in her fourth Women’s Rugby World Cup last summer.

    She retires as the world’s most capped women’s international, ahead of England's Tamara Taylor and former Scotland international Donna Kennedy, who both have 115 caps.

    The Wasps loose-head prop made her England debut in 2003 and was awarded an MBE for Services to Rugby in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List, having been part of the 2014 winning World Cup squad.

  13. Sacrifices & challenges: player lives in an elite league

    Quelles conditions de pratique pour les joueuses Première Division Élite? (“What are everyday conditions for players in the Elite Premier Division”) is the result of over 200 interviews with almost all of the players from clubs in last season’s Top 8.

    The report – co-written by Safi N’Diaye, the Secretary General of the union – aimed to give a factual assessment of the reality of rugby at the top level.

  14. Tunisia complete Youth Olympics line-up

    The African qualifier for the Youth Olympics was the last one of the six regional qualifiers and was played as part of the African Youth Games in Algiers.

    Unfortunately, at least partly we suspect due to cost (Algiers is a long way for most of Africa’s rugby nations to travel), the eventual turnout for was very low indeed.

  15. The All-Round World Championship

    Of the 16 countries that took part in last weekend’s Sevens World Cup in San Francisco, a remarkable nine were also represented in Dublin for the XVs World Cup last year – nine countries that can reasonably be described as the core for women’s rugby worldwide, especially as they filled the top six places in both competitions.

  16. Scotland award eight contracts

    Jade Konkel, Chloe Rollie and Lisa Thomson, who played together at Lille Metropole Rugby Club Villeneuvois (LMRCV) last season are all recontracted while Sarah Bonar, Megan Kennedy, Lisa Martin, Helen Nelson and Lana Skeldon have also signed what Scotland are calling '2021' contracts - highlighting the aim of securing qualification for Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021.

    Rollie, who scored three tries in this year’s Women’s Six Nations, continues her playing career at LMRCV and is joined in Lille by Scotland  captain, Lisa Martin.

  17. How the USA taught New Zealand to play

    Photo: The first USA national team

  18. France & Portugal mull joint World Cup bid

    With the deadline for bids looming on August 10th, the two countries have already expressed an interest individually in hosting the tournament alongside England, Wales, New Zealand and Australia. 

    Given Portugal were something of a surprise inclusion in the earlier stages, a joint bid makes sense and would bring the added benefit to World Rugby of helping to bring the game to a relatively new audience. 

  19. Ireland U18s unbeaten champions

    The University of Birmingham was the venue for the second and final leg of the inaugural Under-18 Women's Home Nations Sevens Series, and Ireland were looking to keep up their winning form from the opening tournament in Edinburgh two weeks ago.

  20. World Cup 7s - the marmite format that worked

    When the new format was announced for this World Cup, there was both excitement and scepticism.

    Could a tournament at this level provide a true and fair representation of the quality of all sides if a poor opening game resulted in a straight knockout from the competition? And if so, could it make up for that via the excitement it would surely generate? Would it offer, as World Cups should, a chance to celebrate the lower ranked teams or would it more equitably siphon the teams off into the right levels earlier than how regular pool play might?

  21. Sublime NZ simply too good

    New Zealand became the first team to claim back to back World Cup 7s titles as they added the trophy in San Francisco to the crown won in Moscow in 2013.

    France finished second, having reached their first ever World Cup final, Australia third and hosts USA fourth. Having been knocked out by Ireland in the opening game, England went onto win the Challenge Cup though faced the ignominy of finishing 9th, highlighting both the brutal format of this competition and a reminder of the challenges they are having in turning their resources into success.

  22. Birmingam hosts Home Nation U18s

    England will include three players named in the England Women U20 side to tour Canada next month feature in the squad. Amelia Harper (Loughborough Lightning), Bethany Wilcock (Trojans Rugby) and Jessica Cooksey (Winscombe) all travel to Nova Scotia for the three-match tour with Cooksey having also played in first Home Nations leg in Edinburgh earlier this month (7-8 July), where England finished runners up to Ireland.

  23. Kish hails "unreal" World Cup format

    What have you been up to since retirement?
    Since retirement I have been focusing on my Personal Training business, helping people achieve their fitness goals. I have gone back to the grass roots in rugby and took on an assistant coaching position with my club rugby team The Edmonton Rockers. I also have had many visits with my surgeon and am waiting for the call to get my hip repaired.!

  24. World Cup Squads revealed

    This event was delayed a year so it wouldn't clash with the 2016 Olympics  and it features an innovative knockout format at meaning that teams will have to win every match to be crowned World Cup winners. Teams only know who their first game is against.  Although this World Cup has been going since 1993, it is only the third edition to feature women's teams, with Australia winning back in 2009 and New Zealand winning in Moscow in 2013.

    Teams in order of seeds. 

  25. Women's 7s World Cup: looking back

    Looking back at the last two World Cups brings into sharp contrast how far and how fast women’s rugby has changed in the past decade.

    The first Women’s Sevens World Cup was nine years ago, but a different age.  Only one nation – the Netherlands – had a professional programme and most nations had only played a handful of tournaments. Japan were the most experienced sevens nation, having played in barely a dozen tournaments in the previous 10 years.

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