Under the Posts – Week of Feb 19, 2017

#RedRoses secure bonus point win over Italy at The Stoop.

The headlines last week covered the third round of the Six Nations, an escalating controversy with the IRFU and buildup to #USA7s.

As a reminder, we are doing weekly posts recapping the top women’s rugby news. Can’t wait a week? Join us on Twitter or on our Facebook page as we will be posting daily.

Seven members of the 2016 National Champion Quinnipiac women’s rugby team were honored by the National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) as All-Americans for the 2016 season.

Mason Johnson (Olympia, Washington), Ilona Maher (Burlington, Vermont), Maggie Myles (Emmitsburg, Maryland), Flora Poole (Christchurch, New Zealand), Emily Roskopf (Pleasanton, California) and Hailey Wyatt (Breckenridge, Colorado) all earned All-American status for the second consecutive year while Tayler Schussler (Westminster, Maryland) received honorable mention for the first time in her career.

Marywood University is starting a rugby program including a men and women’s team in the 2018 to 2019 academic year. A nationwide search to hire a full-time rugby coach will commence immediately with hopes of hiring the coach by mid-2017 for a full year to recruit prospective student-athletes to the teams. The coach will also enhance the Sports Information office by serving as a Assistant Sports Information Director.

RIP Dan Vickerman of Australia

Brazil dominated South America 7s, reaching the final with ease and only finally conceding a try when the title was all-but won. Brazil had big wins over Uruguay, Venezuela and Paraguay on their way to the final.

South Korea have won Asia’s Development 7s in Vientiane, Laos. This is Asia’s annual Development Sevens which brings together the continent’s rising rugby nations, and also acts as a qualification tournament for the senior championship series. This year seven teams took part: South Korea, India, Philippines, Malaysia, Laos, Nepal, and Pakistan.

A quick video gives us more insight into Pakistan’s new women’s rugby team.

The USA Falcons, a USA developmental team went undefeated through six matches to win the Cup at the Okinawa Sevens invitational tournament. The tournament included two Japanese teams, Netherlands and development teams from the USA, France and Australia.

There seems to be quite a bit boiling under the surface over in Ireland and the news that Sene Naoupu, Alison Miller and Hannah Tyrrell have been pulled from the Six Nations squad has only fueled the fire. Many are questioning why in a 15s World Cup year would these players be pulled for the HSBC 7s Tournament?

An opinion piece about the IRFU and their lack of consistency in choosing experienced players vs capping as many as possible. Includes the below chart:

Then this. Anthony Eddy, the IRUF’s director of women’s and sevens rugby, has explained his decision to withdraw three key players from Ireland’s Six Nations squad. He insists that it won’t weaken Ireland for Sunday’s game and stressed that it would give others opportunities, a word which was used repeatedly.

He also said that Tierney was in full agreement with the decision.

“It was always the plan, we knew a long time ago that there would be difficulty during this time to manage the squad,” he said.

“Tom and I sat down months ago around this and looked at sort of strategising and what we believed was best around development opportunities as well as having some success.

Fiona Coghlan weighs in on the IRFU controversy – “We don’t want to be jacks of all trades and masters of none – and longer form should be priority in year we are hosting World Cup”.

“Our goals for Las Vegas are consistency and continuity. When the team plays with their heart and smarts they have proven to be hard to beat; we need to ensure that we bring that focus to every game,” said Head Coach Allan Bunting. The team from Sydney remains largely unchanged except for the addition of Cheyelle Robins-Reti.

Atavus is searching for a Marketing Director and Accounting/Auditing Intern. Two ends of the spectrum but check out the open positions!

The Rugby Players Association (RPA) have launched a new campaign aimed at removing stigma surrounding mental health and providing support to those that need it. #LiftTheWeight

Rugby in Greece relatively unknown sitting well behind football, basketball and volleyball in terms of popularity. However the sport is growing and Panathinaikos rugby club player/coach Lina Norman is leading the charge.

Premiership Rugby is searching for a Communications Manager!

When #7NamesFor7NewPlanets was trending last week…we played along!

Our Round 3 predictions!

Skill levels in international rugby union are ‘miles behind’ other professional sports, claims Welsh Rugby Union consultant Ben Ryan.

Of course Scotland had to ruin our prediction game (see above) but what a way to end a seven year drought.

A very controversial red card was given to England’s Katy McLean. She will miss the next match and the disciplinary committee could rule with more time off.

Jen Kish weighs in with a great point…

A yellow and red card slowed England down but they still overcame Italy in Round 3.

Match report from England rugby.

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