Under the Posts – Nov 11-17

This week is we look at all of the Internationals starting with New Zealand A and Samoa taking wins in the Oceania Rugby Championship, Czech wins their second European Trophy, England over France, Occitan over Spain, Italy and Japan draw and Wales defeats Scotland. 

We also cover NIRA finalists, NSCRO semi0finalists and USA Rugby DI and DII playoffs.

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Three matches took place this weekend in the 2019 Oceania Rugby Women’s  Championship. These matches are a pathway to the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup and are critical. Samoa took home the big win of the weekend.


  • Samoa 65 Papua New  Guinea 12
  • Australia 0 Tonga 0 – Cancelled due to concerns around measles outbreaks in Tonga
  • New Zealand A 53 Fiji 0

You can view all of the qualifying matches for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup here and the results here.

Czechoslovakia defeated Sweden 17-5 and has taken home their second European Trophy in a row. You can view all of the results of this tournament here.

In their second  matchup, France and England went down to the wire with England coming out on top 17-15. England scored first through their captain, Sarah Hunter. At the half, France trailed 17-3 but Camille Boudard scored in the 64th minute to make it 12-15. Two yellow cards, one for each  side and then Emily Scarratt  slotted a penalty to give England the win. 

Spain has had a phenomenal fall, winning 100% of their tests. They did falter a bit against French Occitan XV, a regional team losing 16-12. 

Italy and Japan drew 17-17 in an exciting matchup. Japan scored first though Kasai in the 9th minute. Italy answered at the 23rd and 35th minute taking the lead. Just before the half, Japan touched down to make it 12-10 Italy. The second half was a back and forth slog with the first points of the half coming at the 57th minute by Italy’s Cammarano. Japan brought it even at the 58th minute through Saito. 

A late try from Japan was disallowed and so the draw remained.

Wales lost to Spain this week but they bounced back against Ireland wining 15-13. Ireland led 10-0 at the half but Wales put in the work in the second half with a converted try from Harries and a penalty goal from Wilkins brought it even with 11 minutes to go. Ireland slotted a late penalty goal but Bevans scored at the death to give Wales the W.

NIRA has named their finalists in Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 competitions. Championships will be played in Cambridge, MA and will be available on ESPN+:

Sunday, Nov. 17 (ET)

  • Tier 3: Bowdoin vs New England
  • Tier 2: West Chester vs Brown
  • Tier 1: USMA vs Harvard

NSCRO has named it’s semi-finalists! Championships are returning to Life University in Marietta, GA on December 7-8. All matches will be live-streamed on the NSCRO Women’s youtube Channel.

  • Wayne State vs MSU Moorhead
  • Endicott College vs Lee University

DI QF PLAY-INS – Weekend of Nov 16-17

West – College Station, TX

  • Wyoming 64 Texas A&M 7

East – Poughkeepsie, NY

  • Northern Iowa 26 Davenport 89
  • Michigan St 19 Pittsburgh 55
  • Northeastern 0 USNA 46


Northeast – Poughkeepsie, NY

  • Youngstown St 12 Cortland 82
  • Vermont 5 Vassar 76
  • RIT 12 Colby 38
  • Delaware 10 Bryant 56

Mid-Atlantic – Poughkeepsie, NY

  • Syracuse 12 Bloomsburg 38
  • Hartford 21 Marist 19
  • Roger Williams 14 Temple 37
  • Fairfield 17 USCGA 47

Midwest – Columbia, MO

  • Kutztown 5 Cincinnati 29
  • Bye: Illinois
  • Miami (Ohio) 10 IUP 57
  • Bye: Colorado School of Mines

West – Columbia, MO

  • Mankato 37 UW Eau Claire 5
  • Bye: Winona St, Grand Valley St, UW Oshkosh

DI QFs and SFs and DII Round of 16 and QFs will be in Columbia and Poughkeepsie, NY​:

DI QFs and  SFs – Weekend of Nov 23

West – Columbia, MO

  • Air Force vs Indiana
  • Wyoming vs  Minnesota

East – Poughkeepsie, NY

  • UCONN vs Pittsburgh
  • Davenport vs Navy

DII Round of 16 and QFs – Weekend of Nov 23

Mid-Atlantic – Poughkeepsie, NY

  • Bloomsburg vs Hartford
  • Temple vs Coast Guard

West – Columbia, MO

  • Winona State vs Mankato
  • UW Oshkosh vs Grand Valley State

Northeast – Poughkeepsie, NY

  • Vassar vs Colby
  • Cortland vs Bryant

Midwest – Columbia, MO

  • Cincinnati vs Illinois
  • IUP vs CO School of Mines


The Philippine women’s national rugby team, known as the Lady Volcanoes is preparing for the 30th Southeast Asian Games takes quickfire questions.


Kristi Kirshe is highlighted by Northeast Rugby Academy and her quick rise to Olympic Rugby.

Other News

Robyn Lock has her first cap and it came five years after a grade four cancer diagnosis. She talks with WalesOnline about what this  means to her and her journey.

Ireland’s youngest international player Beibhinn Parsons takes quick fire questions.

Fans have named Alena Tiron the best female rugby player in Russia.

Rugby Australia Awards has named their 2019 Award Winners. We’ve pulled out the female winners:

  • HSBC Volunteer of the Year: Ben and Selina Blyton
  • Joe French Award: Sharron Flahive
  • Rugby Australia Rookie of the Year: Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea and Jordan Petaia
  • Buildcorp Super W Player of the Year: Tayla Stanford
  • Buildcorp Wallaroos Player of the Year: Grace Hamilton
  • The Shawn MacKay Award – Women’s Sevens Player of the Year: Charlotte Caslick
  • John Eales Medal: Marika Koroibete

We applaud  Rugby Australia  for using great naming conventions and choosing female winners for non-gendered awards (hint World Rugby).

Kaitlyn Kelly shares her thoughts on the Premiership Rugby Scholarship.

England’s Abi Burton speaks candidly with NewsChain about body image and how she has dealt with it. 

“The beauty of rugby is that everyone is different shapes and sizes and as long as they play rugby well, no one cares about that. There are so many different positions that there’s something for every one really. Like I’m a different size to a winger and that’s fine because it suits me to my position [prop].”

Harlequins and England forward Shaunagh Brown says “putting more resources into urban areas” could encourage more women from ethnic minorities to play rugby. She believes that rugby needs to be more accessible and open it up to more people.


One rugby job this week from Morriston Ladies:


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