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  1. Women's voices to be strengthened at World Rugby Council

    In a historic decision, the game's governing body is set to increase the number of people who may sit on Council – its highest decision-making body – from 32 to 49, with the 17 new representatives to be women.   

  2. Sweden too strong for British Police XV

    Report with thanks to Swedish RFU and British Police

    Sweden played their usual game, making good use of a strong front five, mobile back row and quick runners in the back line. The difference in this game was the opponent’s game plan. Did Sweden had to defend over the whole width of the field in Helsinki, whereas the Police women more “up front”. Making use of their big forwards the Police kept the Swedish pack very busy stopping the attacks, rather than attacking themselves.

  3. An exciting taste of the future

    Canada were well beaten in the first test going down to their biggest ever defeat to England barely two days after getting off the plane. With the benefit of that experience and the luxury of three days to prepare for this game, Canada put in a much-improved performance that makes the final test at Twickenham on Saturday all the more interesting.

  4. Hunter to win 100th cap for England

    With just four days between the two games, there is no surprise to see a raft of new faces involved, with England on a high after their 79-5 win at Allianz Park. 

    In Canada's changes, aptain Laura Russell moves to the second row to replace Ngalula Fuamba, while Manitoba’s Emily Tuttosi wins her first start on debut for Canada.

    In the backs, Jess Neilson moves to scrum half, Brianna Miller slots in at fullback and Montreal’s Anais Holly is set to start at flyhalf. Emmanuela Jada has moved to the wing for Nadia Popov who remains on the bench.

  5. France win against new-look Italy

    The Italian’s aggression caused serious problems for France, who now took the lead with a great individual try from Manuela Furlan. Nonetheless, France battled back with a penalty from Boudon and a try from Banet giving them a narrow 15-14 lead at halftime.

  6. Belgium “start a new adventure“

    Photo and report: Sportkipik.beLaurent Lefebvre

    Last spring, the Belgian management team announced a fresh start. New coaches - Xavier Bossert and Renaud Labardant – were appointed with a new training program, which started in September.

  7. England trounce Canada in first test

    England were far too good for an inexperienced Canada outfit, winning 79-5 in London in the first of three Autumn tests.

    Out-capping Canada with 834 caps to 162, England used all of their experience to expose Canada’s naivety in the wide channels and the hosts were simply too slick and too accurate throughout. 

  8. Preview: England v Canada

    While both sides have named a raft of new faces, it is Canada who are the lightest on experience with some 162 caps in their matchday squad compared to England's 834.

    Seven players are in line to make their England debuts, while 14 players could represent Canada for the first time. 

  9. England launch ambitious player growth plans

    England have set out ambitious plans to have 50,000 more active women's rugby players by 2021 - almost doubling their current active player base with a wider ambition to have 100,000 women engaging in the sport in various formats. 

    There are currently 27,500 existing active players in England and today's new Women and Girls Action Plan. sets out targets to engage 100,000 women in the game and then converting 25,000 of them into regular players. 

    England are also aiming to have 350 more adult women's teams by 2021, a significant boost to the current figure of 512. 

  10. Brazil win South American 7s

    Brazil’s remarkable run in the South American sevens continued this weekend as they lifted their 13th South American title in 13 attempts (they did not take part in 2015). They have still never lost a match (played 70, won 70), average over 30 points per game (2,372 points), and on average concede less than two (124 against - so roughly a try conceded every three games).

  11. Barbarians win first ever outing

    A first-half penalty try and then second half tries from Ireland international Ailis Egan and England's Georgina Robert's secured the Barbarians' victory in Limerick - the final try showcasing true Barbarians style with a great flourish in the lead up. 

  12. Barbarians make history

    Report from  Kate Rowan, Daily Telegraph

    There was a sense of irony that the first try scored by the Barbarians Women in their inaugural fixture against Munster Women was a penalty try, given the club’s philosophy of exciting and free-flowing rugby.

    But second half tries from replacements Ailis Egan and Georgina Roberts were both fine examples of Barbarian rugby.

  13. Ferns on top down under

    The Ferns have lifted their first title of the season – and continued their post-Olympic run of wins over rivals Australia in Suva, Fiji.

    A near-full strength Black Ferns were too strong for the Olympic champions – who were still trying out some “discoveries” from the recent Uni Sevens series - in a final played in very wet conditions, so much so that the plate final was called off.

  14. Ireland appoint head coach

    Adam Griggs takes on the role with experience in the women's game, having previously coached Leinster women. He takes on the part time role alongside his day job as a Community Rugby Officer with Leinster. 

    He has been the Leinster Women's Head Coach since 2016, guiding the province to the 2016 Interprovincial Championship, and where he also worked as Assistant Coach with the Leinster U19s. 

    He also has other coaching experience in the men's game guiding Old Wesley to the Ulster Bank League Division 2B Play-Offs as a player-coach last season.

  15. Wales win Remembrance match

    Welsh coach Rowland Phillips had selected an exciting and experimental line-up for the fixture, including naming his World Cup flanker Lleucu George at fly-half.  "After the World Cup, we discussed individual players and it was felt that, with Lleucu's skillset, we could develop her into a fly-half," explained Phillips before the game.

  16. Top 8: Leaders maintain record – just

    Both of the leaders travelled to Toulouse this weekend, to take on the city’s two Top 8 teams.

    Leaders Montpellier began on Saturday against Toulouse, in third – and the first half largely belonged to the home team, with a try and two penalties at halftime being only partly cancelled out by a Banet try for the champions. 11-5 the score.

  17. Barbarians side packed with experience

    A 23-strong squad with 1,019 international caps between them will make life very difficult for the hosts. 

    There are seven different nations represented. Veteran New Zealand scrum half Emma Jensen flies in from Auckland to take part while Canada provide Kelly Russell and Amanda Thornborough.

    There are seven players from Ireland and four from the Old Belvedere club in Ailis Egan, Marie Riley, Jackie Shiels and Nora Stapleton

  18. Autumn internationals 2017

    Spain and Scotland meet this weekend (Photo: SRU)

    International rugby is back this month with international teams playing in eleven matches. Including games played at the end of last month, 12 international teams will have taken the field in 15 games, including seven full test matches.

    The story so far…

  19. England win Elche 7s

    Wilson Hardy scores the championship-winning try for England

    Although very much a warm-up tournament, featuring squads with a mixture of experienced players and rising stars, last weekend’s Elche 7s was the first chance three of Europe’s World Series teams have had to play in a competitive two-day tournament this season.

    Spain, England and Ireland were joined by Wales, Belgium and a local club selection for a round-robin five-game tournament, followed by a final between the top two ranked teams.

  20. Farah Palmer: Canterbury win first NPC

     Rebecca Todd scores the championship-winning try in the 78th minute

    Canterbury may have finished second in the regular season, but most of their struggles had come early in the season when their Black Ferns were largely absent. Once restored to full strength they had become the team to beat, accounting for final opponents and holders Counties Manukau in week 4.

  21. England close to securing new player payments

    The RFU had previously paid its squad on a full-time basis with short term contracts ending at the recent World Cup. That decision was met with criticism, given it left England's players out of a job just days after reaching the World Cup final.

    The structure suggested would be novel for the women's game. 

    Meanwhile head coach Simon Middleton has named his squad for the three-Test Old Mutual Wealth series against Canada.

  22. Top 8 already a two-horse race?

    Toulouse score against Lille - but injury-hit Lille still win the game (Photo: Aubin Lipke)

    Only one bonus point separates last year’s Top 8 finalists as they maintained their 100% records last weekend.

  23. IRFU outline strategic review process

    The reaction to that decision has included a club protest at the weekend as well as a 33-strong test player group writing to Rugby Players Ireland to ask them to represent them in talks with the union. That has now been agreed by the IRFU.

  24. Irish players seek union representation

    The letter expressed concerns about the governing body’s “lack of respect and ambition” for the women’s game and follows a “#legacy” wrist band campaign, which took place over the weekend.

    Today the IRFU chief executive Philip Brown held a meeting with RPI chief executive Simon Keogh where they discussed the issues. 

  25. Czech Republic v France Militarie

    Czechia 17 - France Militaire 27 (half time 0 : 12)

    The match was curtain raiser to the men’s match, Czechia v Supa Barbarians (South Africa), and it was played on the main Czech rugby stadium, Markéta. The tickets were valid for both matches so we don’t have the exact number of visitors for the women’s game, but there were approximately 200 of viewers both Czech and French, cheering very loudly.

    The day was sunny and warm, which is very unusual in Czechia in this part of year.

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