Under the Posts – Oct 20-27

We realized last week that our ‘Under the Posts’ entries were spanning Sunday to Saturday and often splitting a weekend of rugby. So this week we’ll be transitioning to a Monday through Sunday week and that should give us better coverage!

This week’s big stories include the busiest year of women’s test rugby ever, the CANAM series returns with USA verse Canada in November, Canterbury wins the 2019 Farah Palmer Premiership Cup and gets a three-peat while Otago won the 2019 Farah Palmer Championship, we also catch up with Round 6 of Tyrrell’s Premier, Round 9 of the Women’s Premier League and Round 3 of the Energia Women’s All-Ireland League.

We have even more as we look at the rosters ahead of the Rugby X Tournament, returning to elite sport after pregnancy, GPS monitoring research, and Helen Buteme submits her resignation from Uganda Rugby.

Lastly we found a ton of #rugbyjobs and of course all the results we could find on Twitter are listed below. If you don’t see you results below, tag us on Twitter.

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2019 officially busiest year for test rugby https://buff.ly/31L34nu

12:00 PM – Oct 25, 2019
It’s been a big year for women’s test rugby with 60 matches already played and another 15-20 on the horizon. It’s officially the busiest non-World Cup year ever by far. That’s not all though, thirty five nations including two debutantes have played test matches.

A few years ago we were lamenting the death of test rugby (particularly 15s) with a lack of matches. As Scrum Queens notes, one change could be that World Rugby seems to be allowing more matches to shed the “uncapped internationals” label.

Also the launch of official test championships in Africa and (next year) South America has pulled teams back in to test rugby.

USA Women’s National Team XVs announce two-match November Test series against Canada https://buff.ly/2o96pz7

12:00 PM – Oct 26, 2019

USA to host Canada at Chula Vista in November https://buff.ly/2BBNGPL

6:00 PM – Oct 27, 2019
USA Rugby has announced a CANAM series (two-match tests) against Canada on November 20 and 24 in southern California. The USA women’s national team has played more games in a 13 month period than was played between the 2014 and 2017 World Cup.

There is some pride on the line as these two teams are tied at 19 wins all-time.

Canterbury forced to work hard to gain finals berth https://buff.ly/2VZ4QQA

12:00 PM – Oct 21, 2019

Black Ferns
Your Farah Palmer Cup Finals fixture is locked in!#Ours

16:45 PM – Oct 20, 2019
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Black Ferns
2017. 2018. 2019

Your Premiership Champions! @crfu

@GettyImages #FarahPalmerCup

38:32 PM – Oct 25, 2019
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Black Ferns

Incredible Premiership final in Christchurch this afternoon. Well played both sides #FarahPalmerCup #CANvAKL

17:52 PM – Oct 25, 2019
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Farah Palmer Premiership Final
Canterbury has claimed their third title in New Zealand’s Farah Palmer Cup. They faced Auckland who was back in the final after a few years off, their last appearance was in 2016.

Canterbury started the match quickly with two converted tries in under 15 minutes. Auckland answered back with a penalty goal and five points a few minutes later. At the half it was 17-10.

The second half was back and forth scoring with several lead changes. Canterbury defense held strong, eventually outlasting Auckland 30-20.

Farah Palmer Championship Final
In the Championship final, Otago narrowly defeated Hawke’s Bay 24-20. Hawke’s Bay led at halftime 8-7 but Otago showed their merit near the end of the match forgoing a penalty goal but instead scoring off a scrum move.

Tyrrells Premier 15s
Round six is complete

Some tight games and some big wins across the five matches on Saturday, have a read of our round-up for all the news ➡ http://bit.ly/2MRrfN4

3:07 PM – Oct 26, 2019
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Tyrrells Premier 15s

Results are in the book for Round Six and it is @Waspsladies who were the biggest overall winners this weekend after picking up a 0-62 victory at @WaterlooRugby

4:07 PM – Oct 26, 2019
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Round 6 of Tyrrell’s Premier sees the Harlequins and Saracens remain undefeated and on top of the table. They’re followed by Wasps and Gloucester-Hartpury with 20 points each while Loughborough (17 pts), Bristol (15) and Darlington (15) continue chasing.

Round 6 Results
Bristol 26 Richmond 18
Darlington 32 Worcester 2Firwood 0 Wasps 6Loughborough 27 Harlequins 36
Saracens 15 Gloucester-Hartpury 7

WPL Round-Up Week 9 https://buff.ly/31EfUUN

3:00 PM – Oct 21, 2019

2019: WPL Expert Picks – Round 10 https://buff.ly/31H1FOQ

9:00 AM – Oct 26, 2019
Round 9 of the Women’s Premier League came off of a competition-wide by and there were three teams in contention for the East Conference’s second seed to the championship semifinals.

Teams have their last round of matches next week and then will head to Denver, CO for the 2019 WPL National Championships.

Round 9 Results
San Diego 36 Berkeley 20
ORSU 12 Glendale 4Beantown 39 Chicago NS 7
New York 36 Twin Cities 17

Replying to @IrishRugbySupp
STANDINGS: Women’s #EnergiaAIL table after Round Two:#PositiveEnergy #IrishRugby

2:04 PM – Oct 20, 2019
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Energia Women’s All-Ireland League entered Round 3 where U.L. Bohemian and Railway Union sit atop the table with 15 points apiece. They are chased by Old Belvedere (10 pts), Cookie (9) and Blackrock (5).

Round 3 Results
Railway 22 Old Belvedere 17
Cooke 12 Malone 7
U.L. Bohemian 38 Blackrock 1Galwegians 12 Suttonians 17

Scrumqueens – Women’s Rugby
France announce their team for @RugbyXOfficial – and a training week in Dublin prior to the event. https://twitter.com/FranceRugby/status/1186243986056286209 …

7:03 AM – Oct 21, 2019
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USA Women’s Sevens announce roster for RugbyX https://buff.ly/2p12EMw

6:00 PM – Oct 24, 2019

Ireland’s Men and women’s 7s squads to be put through their paces at RugbyX https://buff.ly/2MG1NK1

6:00 PM – Oct 23, 2019
A few squads have been announced for the upcoming Rugby X tournament on October 29, 2019. This brand new, fast paced version of the game is played on a smaller field and they’ve removed line outs, conversions and penalties.

The women’s competition includes England, Ireland, USA and France. Should be interesting as most teams are sending their core 7s players with a few debutantes.

The absence of sport science is hindering returning mothers https://buff.ly/2VVeYd2

6:00 PM – Oct 21, 2019
This article had social media buzzing and we found out that lots of fellow ruggers are researching pregnancy and returning to sport. While some view these topics as taboo they potentially affect 50% of the population and more research should be dedicated to the topic.

The article profiles the return of Jade Konkel, Sydney Leroux, Jessica Ennis-Hill Lizzie Diegan and Kara Goucher and their varied routes returning to elite sport.

Dr Amal Hassan, a specialist in pre- and post-natal exercise, believes the subject to be tragically neglected. “People are talking about pelvic health more, but not as much as they’re talking about menstrual health, which is definitely the No 1 health topic in women’s sport at the moment,” she says.

Exclusive: DMP Sharks study sheds light on why women’s rugby is different to men’s https://buff.ly/364QKlx from @TelegraphRugby

6:00 PM – Oct 25, 2019
Speaking of research, here is another fascinating article looking at men’s and women’s player’s training and performance using GPS sensors. Dr. Eddie Bradley, a sports scientist at the University of Sunderland, has spent the past three seasons monitoring Tyrrell’s Premier team, DMP Sharks. He collated data from players across 129 Tyrrells Premier 15s matches, analyzing their maximum speed, player loads and the total distance covered on a pitch.

At 4982m, the mean total distance was similar between the forwards and backs, with second-row players covering the most (5297 m) and outside-backs the least (4701 m). While backs covered a significantly greater distance on average at high speed running, the second and back-row covered greater distances jogging.

“There’s a general assumption in rugby that the forwards are going to be slower than the backs, and the backs are going to be faster than the forwards, who will put more work in than the backs,” said Dr Bradley.

“But the differentiation between forwards and backs in the women’s game is a lot smaller. It’s not as pronounced as in the men’s game, where you might get a centre playing down the wing, like Elliot Daly, but you don’t get forwards and backs transferring. It does seem there’s greater similarity across the fifteen players in the women’s game, which means the players can be interchangeable in a way and there’s really good examples of these in the Tyrrells.”

Uganda loses Buteme at the helm https://buff.ly/2W70vei

3:00 PM – Oct 27, 2019
We stumbled across this article about Uganda Rugby and Helen Buteme the other day. It appears that Buteme has submitted her resignation due to lack of continued support in the women’s rugby program. Buteme has been at the helm of Uganda Rugby for a decade and before that was a national player herself.

“Are Kenya Lionesses children of a lesser God?” We’re not in love with the title, but the article has good bones… https://buff.ly/2MnqFpK

9:00 AM – Oct 21, 2019
We’re not in love with this title but the premise of the article is true. Kenya recently qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics while receiving little to no support from their government.

“The sevens and 15s national teams have gone for three major continental and world tournaments without any support from the government.

First, it was during the World Rugby Sevens Series qualifiers in April in Hong Kong where the team reached the semi-finals and the 2021 World Cup Africa qualifier (15s) that was also the Rugby Africa Cup in August this year where the Lionesses finished second behind South Africa.

South Africa beat Kenya Lionesses 39-0 on August 17 at Bosman Stadium, Johannesburg in the Women’s 2021 Rugby World Cup qualifiers.

While Springboks qualified directly for Women’s 2021 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, Kenya got a second chance to qualify for finishing second in the four-nation qualifier.”

Tons of rugby jobs this week, give them a scan!

Job Vacancies #RugbyJobs – Harlequins Rugby Union https://buff.ly/2MQjRjJ

4:00 PM – Oct 21, 2019

Rockers Seeking Head Coach @rockersrugby #RugbyJobs https://buff.ly/31zXV1A

12:00 PM – Oct 22, 2019

Crawshay’s Rugby Club
Crawshays RFC are proud to announce this historic fixture versus Wales Women.

Come and join us at Eugene Park, home of Ebbw Vale RFC, at 2.30pm on Saturday 23rd Novembet for what promises to be a great spectacle of rugby.#WeAreCrawshays

812:43 PM – Oct 21, 2019
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NZ Rugby is seeking a Head of Health, Safety and Welfare #RugbyJobs https://buff.ly/2qqxrCH

9:00 AM – Oct 23, 2019

Head of Athletic Performance – Northern Suburbs Rugby Football Club Ltd #RugbyJobs https://buff.ly/35SvAXI

12:00 PM – Oct 23, 2019

WANTED: Strength & Conditioning – Hunters Hill Rugby Union Football Club #RugbyJobs https://buff.ly/2N1iwGU

3:00 PM – Oct 23, 2019

Rugby Australia Program Coordinator, Events & Operations #RugbyJobs https://buff.ly/2p52SlR

4:00 PM – Oct 23, 2019

Rugby Australia Head of Events & Operations #RugbyJobs https://buff.ly/33SDCxI

9:01 AM – Oct 24, 2019

Rugby Australia Head of Marketing #RugbyJobs https://buff.ly/32ASb9c

3:00 PM – Oct 24, 2019

Samoa Rugby General Manager High Performance #RugbyJobs https://buff.ly/2MBVwPQ

4:00 PM – Oct 24, 2019
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Winona State University Black Katts have another undefeated season – Winona Post https://buff.ly/33ZmVRg

6:00 PM – Oct 26, 2019

Lichfield Ladies RFC
FT Loughborough 0 – 53 Lichfield Reds

11:17 AM – Oct 27, 2019
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Empire GU Rugby Res
Long Island 0,
Morris 66,#SportLoMo Official Results

11:45 AM – Oct 27, 2019
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Bonymaen RFC Ladies
What an effort from the girls tonight!

Swansea 53-17 Bonymaen

POTM – Georgia Stevens

We now have 2 weekends off before we welcome Pencoed to Parc Mawr on the 10th November @Bonymaenrugby

4:34 PM – Oct 24, 2019
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Chicago North Shore
And that’s game! 49-0 Atlanta, much better 2nd half for North Shore. Now to win the 3rd half, and the recovery!

11:42 AM – Oct 26, 2019
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Harvard Women’s Rugby Readies for Ivy Postseason after 5-1 Campaign | Sports | The Harvard Crimson https://buff.ly/361BW7c

12:00 PM – Oct 24, 2019

Empire GU Rugby Res
Monmouth 57,
Long Island 17,#SportLoMo Official Results

8:54 AM – Oct 21, 2019
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Beantown RFC
And that’s game. Good fight by Beantown. Final score 32-1
7:40 PM – Oct 27, 2019
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The Rugby Breakdown
3 Championship SF-bound teams win their final @WPLRugby regular-season games:

Atlanta 49-0 Chicago North Shore
Glendale 38-12 San Diego
Life West 54-21 ORSU

4th seed determined SUN btwn New York & Beantown#wrugby

10:32 PM – Oct 26, 2019
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3:42 PM – Oct 26, 2019
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DC Furies Rugby Club
Penalty ends the game. Final score Furies 18-24 Raleigh

12:49 PM – Oct 26, 2019
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Glendale Merlins RFC
MERLINS WIN!!!! The @GlendaleMerlins close out the @WPLRugby regular season finale with a strong performance against @SDSurfersRugby ! Up next is Nationals where a champion will be crowned! Come out to @infinitypark this Friday!#GlendaleMerlins #MerlinsMagic #WPLrugby

5:57 PM – Oct 26, 2019
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Empire GU Rugby Res
Village Lions 42,
Union W 0,#SportLoMo Official Results

12:48 PM – Oct 26, 2019
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Empire GU Rugby Res
Morris 54,
Danbury W 0,#SportLoMo Official Results

1:21 PM – Oct 26, 2019
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80′ | And that’s full time here at Allianz Park.

Gloucester-Hartpury 7-15 @SaracensWomen

Thank you Saracens for a great game! Also to all the Glos supporters who made their way to Allianz and also you fans on twitter, we really appreciate the support.

2:36 PM – Oct 26, 2019
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We are not done!!! Final play of the game Bitter scores and converts. 41-22 final score. WE ARE IVY CHAMPIONS

11:36 AM – Oct 26, 2019 · Boston, MA
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Empire GU Rugby Res
New Haven 52,
Monmouth 7,#SportLoMo Official Results

1:34 PM – Oct 26, 2019
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Empire GU Rugby Res
Village Lions 37,
Union W 0,#SportLoMo Official Results

3:20 PM – Oct 26, 2019
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Rugby People
Full time at Loughborough @LightningRugby 27 – 36 @HarlequinsWomen pics to follow

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10:22 AM – Oct 26, 2019
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Women’s Club Rugby
Wins today for @CheltTigersWRFC & @BWRFC in Tier2 – Thanks for DMing scores @SheffLadiesRUFC & @BWRFC

11:17 AM – Oct 27, 2019
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