Under the Posts – October 7 to Oct 31

Our team had an absolute cracker of an October and as a result missed some of our weekly posts. So we’ve done a quick summary of October 7 to October 31 in an effort to get back on track. 

It was a big few weeks with the USA Rugby WPL, Farah Palmer and Wales Regional Championships all crowning winners. Respectively San Diego, Canterbury and Osprey took home titles. Also, the agenda announced for the first annual Women’s Rugby Coaches and Referees Association (WRCRA) conference in Charlotte NC. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, hurry as registration closes soon!

World Rugby made their appointments for the November internationals and plenty of teams announced their training squads as well.

The Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires finished with New Zealand on top, France in second and Canada taking third. 

Lastly, Glendale hosted the first stop of the HSBC Sevens Series and New Zealand took home the first title of the year. 

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The Women’s Rugby Coaches and Referees Association (WRCRA) first annual conference will be held Dec 7-9 in Charlotte, NC. This year’s conference is focused on:

  • Shifting the narrative to explore new leadership models
  • Amplify the movement through a collective and powerful voice
  • Tangible tools for action and inclusion
  • Abundant opportunities for career progression

This year’s speakers include Nicole Lavoi, Katie Sadleir, Phaidra Knight, Donna Duffy, Kathy Henderson, Jen Gray, Emilie Bydwell, Phaidra Knight, Kathy Flores, and Pam Kosanke, as well as coaches, referees and players from across the country. Space is limited to ensure that participants get to engage with speakers and colleagues.

Emma Tonegato and Ellia Green, have become the final two Rio veterans to re-commit to Australia through to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

For coach John Manenti, keeping the pacy pair in his squad is a massive boost and represents the final piece of the puzzle as far as retention plans go.

Finland hosted Switzerland in the revived European Trophy tournament earlier in the month. This was the 17th test match for both teams, and the third time they had met, with both previous games going Switzerland’s way. Switzerland kept up their winning ways, taking this match 15-5.

World Rugby has made their match official assignments for fifteen women’s test matches scheduled in November. 11 match officials and five TMO’s have been appointed from seven different unions.

World Rugby is hoping to build a Rugby Championship-style competition for women sooner rather than later, according to women’s rugby boss Katie Sadleir.

It would be unlikely for the Southern Hemisphere to exactly replicate its Rugby Championship for women, with South Africa and Argentina having little presence when it comes to Women’s XVs, but World Rugby is looking at options to introduce a regular competition similar to the Six Nations.

Heather Fisher has announced her retirement from international rugby. She hasn’t ruled out a return but says “By taking some time out I am hopeful that if an opportunity arises to represent my country again, I will come back much stronger and ready to go.”

The Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires have finished with New Zealand on top, France in second and Canada taking third.

Ospreys Women have been crowned Wales’ regional champions for a second year running.

Japan has swept the Asian 7s Series with another cup win over Hong kong, 31-0. The results from the series mean that Japan, Kazakhstan and Hong Kong will compete at next year’s World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series qualifier in Hong Kong when a core team place on the 2020 series will be the prize for the winner.

Canterbury rugby defeated Counties Rugby and defended their Farah Palmer Championship.

USA Rugby has named interim head coach Chris Brown as the new official head coach of their women’s sevens squad. He has a quick turnaround as the squad will be playing in Denver in a week.


Go rugby! #USAW7s #HSBC7s

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The first stop of the 2018-2019 HSBC Sevens Series kicked off in Denver this weeknd. YSC was on hand with our little boy Cole, who LOVES him some rugby. He insisted on being in the front row and cheering everyone on.


So close to the USA bench!! #usaw7s #hsbc7s

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On Day 2, The Rugby Breakdown caught this amazing photo as the USA upset France to move into the Cup Final.

The Irish Rugby Football Union today outlined its strategic objectives to grow and develop the Women’s game over the next five years with the launch of its Women in Rugby Action Plan 2018-2023, which is a pillar component of the overall IRFU Strategic Plan 2018-2023.

World Rugby has revealed the shortlists for the Men’s and Women’s Sevens Players of the Year 2018 awards in association with HSBC, which will be presented at the World Rugby Awards at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo on 25 November.

The shortlists feature players from four nations, including three previous recipients of the prestigious award, with five of them having featured in the dream teams for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2018 or Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018.

The nominees for the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Player of the Year 2018 in association with HSBC are: Michaela Blyde (New Zealand), Sarah Goss (New Zealand) and Portia Woodman (New Zealand).

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