Another light week as we close out 2019…insane that another decade has come and gone! We’re highlighting Scrum Queens’ Team of the Decade, U18 action from USA, Canada and England, Spain will face Scotland on January 19 and Russia has won the first rugby snow title.
There’s some more news mixed in down below as well as a #rugbyjobs posting. Enjoy and Happy New Year!
The end of another decade…wow. Of course we look to Scrum Queens to give a review of where we started ten years ago and where we are today. We also had our annual piece on our top posts of 2019.
Here’s to another 10!
We covered this historic match but Jess Breach and others are calling for more women’s rugby matches to be played in larger stadiums. This was a double header with the Leinster men and 7,514 supporters enjoyed an 11-try event.
We’ve said it for years, “if you build it, they will come…” and if you’re under 30 you may not know what that is from. But look up Field of Dreams and keep building the dream with us. 🙂
Spain is facing Scotland on January 19 at the Juan Rojas Stadium, in Almeria. This is a huge match for both sides but in particular for Spain as they prepare for the 2020 Rugby Europe Women Championship. The winner of that tournament joins Italy, Ireland and Scotland in attempting to qualify for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup.
The @sudamericarugby calendar for 2020 reveals that the World Cup qualifier between Colombia and Brazil will be in March. Three rounds of continental sevens are also planned in May, September and November. pic.twitter.com/70yU2Ou3WH— Scrumqueens - Women’s Rugby (@ScrumQueens) January 4, 2020
South America has announced a 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup Qualifier between Colombia and Brazil, along with continental sevens planned for May, September and November and U18 7s in the summer.
England has named their U18 Talent Development Group (TDG) for the 2019/20 season. The group will come together for four more camps throughout the season, as well as receiving individual and group support outside the England contact time.
Canada and USA U18s were in action in the last few days of December in Chula Vista, CA. The teams played a scrimmage for their first match and the second was an 80 minute delight. Originally the match wasn’t going to be available for broadcast but an ingenious group of parents banded together and made the match available for everyone. Great job parents!
Nicole Wanamaker becomes the second American to join Crealia in El Salvador. She joins fellow Glendale standout, Hannah Stolba.
American International College (AIC) has seen a shakeup in their coaching ranks as Tara Roberts has resigned. She is replaced by T Fletcher who is also taking on the role of Director of Rugby.
Looks cold doesn’t it? Congrats are in order though as Russia has won the first official international European snow rugby title. Crazy as it seems, snow rugby has grown in popularity and thus the first snow rugby title.
Women’s Rugby Pod talks with Johnnie Hammond and Ali Donnely of Scrum Queens.