Under the Posts – Week of June 24, 2018

What a week this was! We had more tweets than we usually do because the news just kept coming. Highlights include Beantown picking up a new head coach, some hypothetical law changes, the USA Rugby Collegiate All-American camp, the 2018 Mitsubishi Electric Rugby Barbados World 7s launch, the Texas Rugby Union  All-Star weekend and will Charlotte Caslick move from union to league?

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Beantown announced that Mere Baker of New Zealand will be their head coach this season. A phenomenal pick-up for this WPL club as Baaker has been seen coaching all over the USA this past year!

Mere comes to us with an impressive background as a player, coach, and professional consultant. As a player, she won the National New Zealand 7s Championship in 2001 with Canterbury, helped win the World Cup in 2003 with the Kiwi Ferns of New Zealand, and won both the 15s and 7s Australian National Titles with Queensland in 2012. Her 8 years of coaching includes time as the head coach of KUSA international and 4 years as a player coach for Railway Union RFC in Dublin, where she developed many international and provincial players for Ireland, New Zealand, and USA. Mere has also held various coaching, talent identification, and performance review roles for numerous national camps, development programs, and individuals.

Mere is sure to bring a wealth of rugby knowledge and passion to Beantown as we prepare for the second season in our return to the WPL!!

This one drove lots of conversations, some in favor of the HYPOTEHTICAL law changes and others not wanting to rock the boat. What say you?

Ghana Rugby has announced the format of the 2018 Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) Sevens Tournament.

The tournament will be played in a format similar to the World Rugby HSBC Sevens Series with 12 men’s and six women’s sevens teams competing in three men’s and two women’s pools on Saturdays from the end of June to end of August 2018.

The women’s sevens team will play in the Accra section and will consist of Conquerors Sporting Club, Cosmos Buffalos RFC and Griffons RFC in Pool A while Dansoman Hurricanes RFC, Lions RFC and Griffons RFC 2 will make up Pool B.

Dartmouth hosted the USA Rugby Women’s 15s Collegiate All-Americans for their week long training camp.

Tickets are still available for the 2018 Rugby World Cup 7s…get yours today at https://www.rwcsevens.com/tickets.

The 2018 Mitsubishi Electric Rugby Barbados World 7s (MERBW7s) Tournament was officially launched at the Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados in St. Michael. Taking place December 8-9 at the world-renowned Kensington Oval, Barbados. If you’re looking for a new venue for your 7s team, look no farther than this tournament.

Gorgeous venue, good rugby and all in Barbados! If that isn’t enough…Some of the best Men’s and Women’s Club Rugby teams come from across the globe. Thirty-two teams including South Africa, Argentina, Scotland, England, Wales, Canada and the USA, as well as regional teams from Venezuela, French Guyana, Guadeloupe, St Lucia, Trinidad and of course Barbados have indicated their intention to compete in this year’s event, all vying fiercely for the US $30,000 prize money up for grabs.

Ali Donnelly of ScrumQueens penned an op-ed about Irish Rugby and their treatment of women’s rugby for the The Times (UK).

The Texas Rugby Union is looking to bring back the ITT/NASC style tournament of a few years ago. Join them for an epic weekend in Grand Prairie, TX on Dec 1-2, 2018.

Hosted by the Texas Rugby Union and the Grand Prairie Rugby Club at their rugby pitch, all matches will be LIVE streamed, lunch provided to all participating teams and there will be other matches throughout the day. Think of a festival atmosphere but competitive rugby is the focus!

Kendra Cocksedge of the New Zealand Black Ferns writes in her exclusive column about winning the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup and she looks forward to the future. New Zealand has bid to host the 2021 WRWC and their new sole sponsor Molenberg and so much more…

ScrumQueens gives us the overview ahead of the Euro Grand Prix 7s tournament in Marcoussis, Paris. This stop is the first of two that make up the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series. The second let will take place in Kazan, Russia on September 1-2.

POOL A Russia, Germany, Spain, Belgium
POOL B: Ireland, Poland, Scotland and Wales.
POOL C Italy, Portugal, France, England

In the Rugby Europe Women’s 7s Trophy Series Netherlands took the top spot with Ukraine and Sweden in second and third. 

We’ve heard there are #RWC7s coupon codes out there but we can’t locate any working ones. Trying to source them for ruggers that want to attend!

YSC received media passes and will be reporting LIVE from San Francisco. Will we see you there?

The National Rugby League is growing and teams are starting to approach union athletes. Charlotte Caslick of Australia is one of those with the Broncos looking to make her an very competitive offer.

Despite the Women’s Premiership starting out with just five games per season, it is understood the Broncos have offered the Brisbane-raised athlete a rookie contract with a sizeable third party component, reflecting her national profile and various endorsements with Land Rover, Asics and Pantene.

The offer was understood to be competitive with what Caslick was being paid as a full-time professional traversing the globe on the Women’s Sevens Series.

This latest tweet indicates that Caslick will be delaying a decision and we’re sure that Rugby Australia want to avoid her crossing over as well.

The French Rugby Federation announced Thursday the establishment of federal half-time contracts for 26 international players at XV.

After the professionalisation of the staff of the France Women’s team at the end of the 6 Nations tournament, the decision was announced to the FFR Steering Committee to offer 26 international players at XV a
federal contract , halfway through time, in order to promote their personal fulfillment, by living their passion while having a professional project ” , announced the FFR in a statement.

This decision is part of the reform of women’s rugby started last March, to consolidate the good results achieved in recent seasons. The French women finished third in the World Cup last August, and won a Grand Slam in the last six-nation tournament.

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