We’re back to our regularly scheduled programming this week! Lots of big news this week including RFU contracting process under fire from players, WRWC 2021 big hosts drop out, using Tinder to recruit players, coach announcements for Chicago NS and Atlanta and lots of USA Rugby Club 7s updates.
We covered RWC 7s pretty indepth last week but more and more great content keeps coming out. Feast your eyes upon the best tries!
Best tries from the women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens https://t.co/dD3r6f3YhQ— YSC Rugby (@yscrugby) August 1, 2018
Perhaps the biggest story of the week comes from England where it was revealed that the women’s players are hesitant to speak up about concerns over contracts. You may remember in late 2017 when the RFU didn’t renew contracts and some players have been in limbo since then.
Exclusive: The England women’s rugby team have reached such a crisis point in their negotiations with the RFU over turning professional that the players are considering refusing to sign contracts for the new season, reports @owenslot https://t.co/35jqs46xbV— Times Sport (@TimesSport) August 2, 2018
Few thoughts on this – there is clearly an issue (which tbh seems unintended) with how the contract situation has been communicated in recent weeks & that is obviously frustrating for players but easily cleared up. More worrying/interesting are other concerns raised here— Scrumqueens #wrugby (@ScrumQueens) August 2, 2018
Elite players should not feel they cannot speak up/out & this piece suggests some deep cultural problems in the camp. Clearer comms on contracts is fixable – but this element will be much more worrying for coaches/management.— Scrumqueens #wrugby (@ScrumQueens) August 2, 2018
Really sad/shocking revelations here about pay dispute in women’s rugby and a team that have felt scared to speak outhttps://t.co/E1AoNkrzSK— owenslotTheTimes (@owenslot) August 2, 2018
Some players suffered a loss of earnings to play for England. The talk is of a “dictatorial” environment with a “lack of trust and respect”. Players are considering whether or not to sign new contracts.https://t.co/E1AoNkrzSK— owenslotTheTimes (@owenslot) August 2, 2018
Another bombshell in the news this week was that England and Wales may be pulling out of the WRWC 2021 bidding process. This leaves hosts applications from Australia, New Zealand and a potential joint bid between France and Portugal.
England & Wales unlikely to proceed with WC bids https://t.co/njQrCCooW1— YSC Rugby (@yscrugby) August 2, 2018
World Rugby continues to look at tweaking the tackle law (Law 9.13) and the recent trials at the U20 Championship provided more evidence that lowering the tackle height is the right thing to do. They will continue testing the upcoming U20 Trophy in August. No changes domestically for the USA yet but anticipate that the tackle height could be changed to go below the chest line very soon.
World Rugby approves RFU tackle height trial as part of wider evidence-based commitment to injury-prevention in the tackle https://t.co/CNiAiLtqjv— YSC Rugby (@yscrugby) July 29, 2018
We had to read this title a few times to make sure that “Tinder” wasn’t a typo. Seems like an odd place to be recruiting players but it seems to have worked for the University of Georgia women’s rugby club. Josephina Tam, co-captain at UGA came up with the idea and put it into practice. Teams are always looking for ways to find new players and social media has been one way to do this. But UGA took it one step further and maybe more teams will too?
Tinder A Match For Rugby Recruitment https://t.co/xQaABGl7sV— YSC Rugby (@yscrugby) July 30, 2018
The Atlanta Harlequins have announced Rosalind Chou will be joining Kitt Wagner on the coaching staff. It’s a star studded affair over in Atlanta and with the WPL starting soon we couldn’t be more excited for them.
[PRESS RELEASE] Harlequins Announce New WPL Assistant Coach Rosalind Chou pic.twitter.com/nKy5V8IBGW— ATL Harlequins WRFC (@AHWRFC) July 30, 2018
Chicago NS has also announced a new coach, Parisa Asgharzadeh has taken over. Another great hire!
Help us give a big Congratulations to our new Head Coach Parisa Asgharzadeh! We can’t wait to see what you have in store for us. For more information on Parisa, read our blog post below!GET EXCITED!!!https://t.co/zbTm1TYOvq https://t.co/zbTm1TYOvq — Chicago North Shore (@northshorerugby) August 1, 2018
Women’s National Team to Assemble for High Performance Training Camp https://t.co/tsIzado1Jl— YSC Rugby (@yscrugby) July 30, 2018
The USA Women’s National Team held their first camp of the year with new coach Rob Cain in Chula Vista, CA. 62 athletes attended and they are preparing for their fall tests against New Zealand, a to be named “A” level opponent and Ireland in November.
Young Players Fill USA Women High-Performance Camp https://t.co/W01K5UG552— YSC Rugby (@yscrugby) August 1, 2018
The WPL held their All Star event in Denver over the past week as well. The East squeezed past the West 33-24. Several players left that weekend and went straight to the USA Rugby High Performance Camp in Chula Vista.
Successful camp in the books ☑️Our Women’s National Team will return in full force this November @TheRugbyWeekend 🇺🇸 ➡️ https://t.co/aQOHVx6lN4 pic.twitter.com/EQr3AKIsjs — USA Rugby (@USARugby) August 3, 2018
We get so tired of having these conversations…Will Carling has published an intriguing op-ed that is worth a read. If anything it gives us hope that one day the genders will be on equal footing.
“Once I had got over my inherent male machismo and chauvinism, even I realised that as a game [women’s rugby] it was bloody good to watch.” https://t.co/eqPo9wuYAV— YSC Rugby (@yscrugby) August 3, 2018
One of the surprises was a bit of drama from the Frontier region. The region only had two qualifier events and one of them was halted and couldn’t be completed because of weather. In the first tournament of the season the KC Jazz defeated Rocky Mountain Magic and should have held the edge? Not quite! The Frontier Committee determined that Rocky Mountain had the edge with point differential and they were awarded the seed. A tough break for the KC Jazz but perhaps Frontier will have more than two tournaments next year?
Committee Decision Puts Rocky Mountain Magic Into Club 7s Nationals https://t.co/qgyOaCQRvp— YSC Rugby (@yscrugby) July 31, 2018
The Pacific Coast Championship has concluded and once the dust settled, Life West, WAC and Berkeley have stamped their tickets to Nationals.
Pacific North 7s Champions Crowned https://t.co/VbiuI2EVWf— YSC Rugby (@yscrugby) August 1, 2018
In the Red River Conference, ARPTC broke into two teams this year and qualified both of them. There were challenges from the Austin Valkyries and HARC that shows 7s is developing in the area but ARPTC was to strong.
Austin Huns and American Rugby Pro Finish 7s Season in Winning Fashion https://t.co/a6pjuM5kd0— YSC Rugby (@yscrugby) August 2, 2018
Pyrz Talks ARPTC Progress https://t.co/dlIVI3AvlU— YSC Rugby (@yscrugby) August 3, 2018
Tyrrells Premier 15s champions Saracens Women have appointed Alex Austerberry as their new head coach. The 34-year replaces Rob Cain who took up the position of USA Rugby Women’s head coach last month. Austerberry will leave his position as Performance Pathway Officer for the Rugby Football Union (RFU), a role which saw him develop and nurture young talent through the Talent Development Group (TDG) and other programmes.
There’s a new head coach at @SaracensWomen 👍Here’s who will be taking charge of the reigning #Premier15s champions for the defence of their title 📝 https://t.co/8qS1Tho5fq pic.twitter.com/g6oqwf8oma — Tyrrells Premier 15s (@Premier15s) August 1, 2018