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This week the big women’s news includes tension around paying rugby players, the Women’s Rugby Pod has launched, Spain tours South Africa, and we round up the WPL, Farah Palmer Cup, Tyrrell’s Premier, French Elite and the Asian Sevens.
Exeter Chiefs create professional women’s rugby team https://buff.ly/2HUyiSg
4:00 PM – Sep 15, 2019
Women’s Premier 15s: Exeter launch side in bid for league licence – BBC Sport https://buff.ly/2HEZTGZ
9:00 AM – Sep 16, 2019
The Exeter Chiefs have announced that they are creating a new professional women’s team with a plan to gain admittance into Tyrrell’s Premier 15s ahead of the 2020-2021 season.
Susie Appleby of Glouceseter-Hartpury takes the reins as head coach and will be assisted by Amy Garnett, former England and Saracens player.
Exeter are setting the team up nicely with an initial investment of £500,000 with between £1M and £1.5M if they get into Tyrrell’s.
We’re thinking this will prove to be difficult but not impossible. Starting a new club is always a challenge but they’ve got a healthy investment and a set of ambitious goals. We’ll be watching this club closely as they hit the ground.
Exclusive: Concerns over competitiveness of Premier 15s with clubs set to pay players https://buff.ly/30WCAjc
6:00 PM – Sep 20, 2019
Exclusive: English women’s club rugby players to be paid for the first time https://buff.ly/30S26Gh
3:00 PM – Sep 19, 2019
SARACENS TO DOUBLE INVESTMENT IN WOMEN’S TEAM – Saracens https://buff.ly/2LjmGKk
6:00 PM – Sep 18, 2019
Along with the announcement of a new club that will pay players (Exeter Chiefs), several other teams have made similar announcements. Saracens are introducing retainers and matches fees while Worcester will pay may fees. Harlequins do not pay players but offer benefits like accommodation.
This is fantastic news but there is some concern that there is a gap growing between those who pay and those that can’t or don’t have the support of a men’s Premiership side. The concerns also are outside of funding, some clubs are concerned about development for their players.
Steve Hill, the Richmond director of rugby said: “If it becomes a minimum standard to pay your players, whether it is an official minimum standard or it becomes the only way to exist, that is a very different model to when we went into the Tyrrells Premier15s two years ago.”
‘I did six months labouring and then a year on a dump truck’: Harlequins’ Chloe Rollie on her rise to professional rugby https://buff.ly/2Q355uJ
3:00 PM – Sep 15, 2019
Chloe Rollie of Scotland speaks to Telegraph UK about her rise in professional rugby. Two years ago she was working on an excavation site where she did either manual labor or dump truck duties.
Now she’s one of the few players on a Scottish contract and also suits up for the Harlequins in Tyrrell’s Premier 15s.
Watching players move from their amateur to professional has been fascinating and we expect more as we’re seeing a major increase in funds for the women’s game.
Scotland must end chicken-and-egg cycle to develop women’s game https://buff.ly/34zTzKs
6:00 PM – Sep 15, 2019
BREAKING | Scotland Women name squad for South Africa tour. 🏴🇿🇦#AsOne
235:06 AM – Sep 16, 2019
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Alasdair Reid of The Times UK gives us a quick look into Scotland’s efforts around qualifying for the 2021 WRWC. Scotland recently expanded their Autumn Test Series with tests against Wales and Japan in November. They’re already traveling to South Africa from September 30 to October 6.
Scotland has a new coach in place and he will be keen to learn about the squad and make adjustments. Th South Africa tour will be particularly important as it will be a good warmup for the rest of their test matches.
Women’s Rugby Pod
**BREAKING NEWS** Women’s Rugby Pod launches this week! A truly global podcast, dedicated to the latest news & views from the women’s game, join @RachaelBurf12, @JohnnieHammond & guests. @Premier15s @WomenSportTrust @Womens6Nations @EnglandRugby @ScrumQueens @womensrugbyclub
35:13 AM – Sep 16, 2019
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Join Rachel Burford and Johnnie Hammond on the newly created Women’s Rugby Podcast. Looks like they’ll be covering Tyrrell’s Premier 15s as well as rugby all over Europe.
Springbok Women’s players Tayla Kinsey and Sizophila Solontsi look ahead at Saturday’s Test against Spain in Despatch! #womenunite @Springboks
2:06 AM – Sep 17, 2019
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Karthy tackles Springbok selection – Northglen News https://buff.ly/2LBBtAo
12:00 PM – Sep 17, 2019
Karthy Dludla was recently selected for South Africa’s matches against Spain and Scotland. South Africa boasts more test matches this year than ever before and their last test match at home was in 2013.
South Africa has struggled with consistent union support and that has affected their 7s players and 15s. They’ve qualified for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup and a for the first time ever, the South Africa stop will include men and women’s for the 2019-2020 HSBC Sevens Series. Will this usher in a new era for South Africa women’s rugby? We hope so and are watching earnestly.
Spain start S African tour with a win. https://buff.ly/2Qf3jqt
4:00 PM – Sep 16, 2019
Myners takes positives from Spain XV defeat https://buff.ly/2QfE47B
12:00 PM – Sep 16, 2019
Spain has taken home the first match against South Africa in their 3-tour event, 17-5. Spain used their powerful forwards and strong scrum to seal the win. South Africa played several young players in an effort to expose them to international rugby.
USA Rugby WPL Round-Up Week 5 https://buff.ly/30k4epd
3:00 PM – Sep 16, 2019
Glendale 98 ORSU 0
Berkeley 24 San Diego 18
Beantown 3 New York 2Chicago NS 7 Atlanta 2Atlanta sits atop the East conference while Life West remains on top in the West.
#England7s | Your England Women’s Sevens squad for the 2019/20 season 🌹
More here: http://bit.ly/2kLMNzj
6:12 AM – Sep 16, 2019
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Rugby Union Russia
W7: Preparations have begun for the 2019/20 Women’s @WorldRugby7s with Coach @LisKuzin bringing together a wider group to hit the ground running. There’s a little “welcome back” in there somewhere…
13:01 PM – Sep 17, 2019
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Hong Kong Sevens to keep World Series men’s qualifier for 2020 https://buff.ly/2PHc90
3:00 PM – Sep 20, 2019
Squads for the 2019-2020 HSBC Sevens Series are slowly coming out. We’ve seen England and then this quick tweet from Russia so far.
We also received confirmation that Hong Kong will include men and women’s tournaments on the 2019-2020 HSBC Sevens Series. All matches will be played at Hong Kong Stadium over three days.
Fixtures Confirmed For Women’s Interprovincial Finals – Irish Rugby https://buff.ly/2LzgPRl
9:00 AM – Sep 17, 2019
The teams are all set for the IRFU Women’s Interprovincial Championship for Senior and U18.
U18 3rd/4th – LEINSTER v CONNACHT
U18 FINAL – MUNSTER v ULSTER
Senior 3rd/4th – ULSTER v MUNSTER
Senior Final – LEINSTER v CONNACHT
French Elite league returns with big wins https://buff.ly/2ApklYo
3:00 PM – Sep 17, 2019
French Elite returns for it’s second season and they’ve expanded from a “Top 8” to an “Elite League” of 16 teams.
Lons 3-29 Bobigny
Bayonne 64-3 Rouen
Stade Francais 22-11 Chilly Mazarin
Grenoble 20-62 Montpellier
Blagnac 77-0 Caen
Lyon 0-53 Toulouse
Rennes 36-0 Lille
Bordeaux 17-70 Romagnat
Last minute Zambian Victoria Cup win https://buff.ly/2QtnbGH
4:00 PM – Sep 17, 2019
The Victorian Cup has returned and in two matches, Zambia has outscored Zimbabwe 40-33. The two matches are the first international matches for these teams since 2007.
Both teams are looking towards the 2025 Women’s Rugby World Cup as they weren’t included in the Rugby Afrique invitational Africa Cup, critical to qualifying for the 2021 WRWC.
Japan wobble, but still win in China https://buff.ly/2LSej7T
6:00 PM – Sep 17, 2019
The second leg of Asian Sevens took place in Hiuzhou this past weekend. Japan lost on opening day, snapping a winning streak since October 2016 but was able to remain on top for the title win. They defeated China 22-17 with two back to back tries near the end of match to seal the deal.
Counties go top in Farah Palmer https://buff.ly/2Aoreci
9:00 AM – Sep 18, 2019
Counties Manukau are on top of the table in the Farah Palmer Cup Premiership even after a loss to Wellington. Canterbury may have something to say about that when they come off their bye week though.
North Harbour 10 Hawke’s Bay 39
Taranaki 22 Tasman 3Manawatu 12 Waikato 1Northland 7 Otago 40
Bay of Plenty 19 Auckland 28
Wellington 38 Counties Manukau 3
One last Storm season for Itunu https://buff.ly/2zPlwQi
9:00 AM – Sep 20, 2019
Linda Itunu retired last year but has found herself back in a Auckland Storm jersey this year. She confesses that it was all due to Anne Richards of the Barbarians, inspiring her to consider one more year as a mentor to the Storm’s younger players.
Angela Ruggiero appointed independent member on World Rugby’s Executive Committee https://www.world.rugby/news/445684 from @WorldRugby
12:00 PM – Sep 18, 2019
World Rugby has appointed Olympic gold medalist, former International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board Member, and CEO of Sports Innovations Lab’s Angela Ruggiero as an independent member on its Executive Committee.
What a mouthful, but really it means that Ruggiero will serve four years on the committee and they’ll be looking to use her influence and experience to help make decisions.
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “Alongside her strong business acumen and sport governance roles, Angela is perfectly placed to call upon her experiences as an athlete and more recently an athlete representative to advise our strategic direction on crucial areas such as fan engagement, player welfare and growing the global game. In what has been a ground-breaking year for women in rugby with the launch of our ‘Try and Stop Us’ campaign, we are delighted to welcome such an outstanding female leader to help us achieve our mission of a game for all.”
Ireland Women left with just one November Test after being ‘let down badly’ https://buff.ly/2Nob7E
12:00 PM – Sep 19, 2019
We’ve covered quite a bit over Ireland and how their players and some coaches are speaking out about their lack of 15s international tests. Ireland’s Director of Rugby, Anthony Eddy is the latest to speak out as they will just have one test match in 2019.
Originally rumors were that they would play Spain and Wales, but now they’ve announced they will only play against Wales on November 10.
Red Roses announce 2019 Quilter Internationals https://buff.ly/2ZAfeml
3:00 PM – Sep 18, 2019
England Women reveal autumn schedule https://buff.ly/2LIm2p
4:00 PM – Sep 21, 2019
In sharp contrast to Ireland, England announces that they will play three matches this fall.
Saturday 9 November – France Women v England Women
Saturday 16 November – Quilter International: England Women v France Women
Saturday 23 November – Quilter International: England Women v Italy Women
France win European U18s https://buff.ly/30WWoTB
9:00 AM – Sep 21, 2019
France were crowned the 7’s Girls U18 European Champions. On their way to the title, France scored 255 points (41 tries) and only conceded 3 tries. England was runner up and Russia defeated Wales in the third-place match.
Kudos to Scrum Queens for hunting down all the details, this was a tough one!
Four teams announced for RugbyX tournament https://buff.ly/2MYtrTZ
12:00 PM – Sep 21, 2019
Team line-up and draw for inaugural RugbyX tournament at The O2 confirmed https://buff.ly/2ZOyKw
6:00 PM – Sep 21, 2019
The first “RugbyX” tournament will take place in October and offers equal prize money for women’s and men’s teams. The short-format, full contact version is a law trial that will be played on a 55mx32m artificial grass pitch.
Along with the pitch size, quick-tap restarts on the goal line and no conversions make this event unique. Lineouts will be replaced by quick throws and matches will only last 10 minutes.
This is World Rugby’s latest effort to continue building fans of rugby in different formats. Think of touch rugby, beach rugby etc. Will be interesting for sure…
The Return of the Springbok Girl – World Rugby Museum: from the vaults https://buff.ly/302HZUO from @wrugbymuseum
3:00 PM – Sep 21, 2019
The Springbok Girl painting has been returned to the World Rugby Museum. In 1906 South Africa went on their first international tour to Europe. The team had taken to calling themselves ‘De Springbokken’ but local press misquoted them as the ‘Springboks’. But how does the painting come in to their journey? Click on the link to learn more!
HEAD COACH, WOMEN’S RUGBY:@SeattleSaracens are looking for a #WRugby Head Coach. Come be a part of one @USARugby’s hotbeds with strong youth, collegiate, club, & @USMLR presences + @bcrugbyunion competition. #rugbyjobs https://twitter.com/MacKinnonCarly/status/1153717452783538177 …
HEAD COACH, WOMEN’S RUGBY:@SeattleSaracens are looking for a #WRugby Head Coach. Come be a part of one @USARugby’s hotbeds with strong youth, collegiate, club, & @USMLR presences + @bcrugbyunion competition.@yscrugby @ScrumQueens @EmilieBydwell
9:04 AM – Sep 16, 2019
The Seattle Saracens are searching for a women’s rugby head coach. All interested candidates can submit their resume and references to Seattle Saracens Women’s General Manager, Marty Quick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow us using the hash tag #rugbyjobs to see more rugby job offerings.
Below are all the results we found throughout the week. Don’t see your team? Make sure to tag us on social media!
Brown Women’s Rugby
RECAP: Bears topple AIC, 54-19! #GoBrunohttp://brownbears.com/news/2019/9/21/womens-rugby-topples-aic-54-19.aspx …
5:49 PM – Sep 21, 2019
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80’: PENALTY TRY! A penalty try is awarded to @SeattleSaracens. Final score is 59-5 to @SeattleSaracens over our #BLRCWomen
2:41 PM – Sep 21, 2019
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Chicago Lions Rugby
Lions Women’s D1 – 12@MetropolisRFC Women – 12 #uncaged
1:12 PM – Sep 21, 2019 · Chicago, IL
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Queens Womens Rugby
And that’s GAMEEEEEE!!!!
Queens – 4Mount – 1
Look at these Queens showing the preseason poll who’s boss! Never underestimate us💪🏼#queensrugby #winners #rugby
112:56 PM – Sep 21, 2019
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Koenig adds a try on the final play of the game and the Bobcats are off to 1-0 start in NIRA play! #OnAMission #BobcatNation
12:48 PM – Sep 21, 2019
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Vassar College Rugby
The Vassar women beat Sienna!!! 12-12:14 PM – Sep 21, 2019
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Lessons learned… next job. #GoBigGreen. 3 tries from Ramsey, 2 from Ihensekhien & 1 from Ada. Bitter & Johnson with 1 conversion a piece.
11:39 AM – Sep 21, 2019
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Dartmouth women’s rugby teams open fall seasons after successful spring campaigns https://buff.ly/2I9fA9y