Under the Posts – Jan 20-26

Under the Posts – Jan 20-26 features Hamilton 7s and a history making performance by the Black Ferns. In XVs news, England brings clarity to their Women’s Performance Pathway, Papua New Guinea announces their training squad ahead of their clash with Tonga and we have updates on Energia AIL semi-finals and more leagues begin play in USA Club Rugby.

In  7s we feature Hannah Tyrrell and an article from The Irish Times.

Misc News includes World Rugby Museums ‘Rugby and the Olympics’ Exhibition and a piece on Heather Fisher’s journey to rugby and he Toyko 2020 aspirations.

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This week we’re featuring Hamilton 7s as the HSBC Sevens Series has it’s first stop of 2020. The Black Ferns were host and at the end of two days of competition they were also the Champions. They defeated Canada 24-7 for their first gold ever on home soil.

The Super Session continues to be a hurdle as those teams that typically go 2-1 in pool play now find themselves falling directly into the 5th/6th and lower matches. 

It’s a quick turnaround as teams now travel to Sydney 7s in Australia for the second stop of this round.


England continues to refine their Women’s Performance Pathway and this new graphic makes it even easier to understand. Loving it!

Papua New Guinea has announced their training squad ahead of the 2020 Women’s Rugby World Qualifying match against Tonga. You may remember that Tonga was removed from the Oceania Championship due to health concerns around the measles. World Rugby announced that they would still have a chance to qualify for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup. 

The winner of the qualifying match will face Samoa to decide who qualifies for the Rugby World Cup repechage. The date and venue hasn’t been confirmed yet but PNG is in camp and will make final selections soon.

International XVs Competitions

Both semi-finals of the Energia Women’s All-Ireland Cup served up some classic knockout rugby with UL Bohemian and Old Belvedere the last teams left standing in the 2020 competition.

The Energia Women’s All-Ireland Cup Finals Day takes place on Saturday March 21st, 2020. 

USA Rugby covered SoCal, Red River and South club matches this weekend. We’re in very early days of spring rugby but you can view the standings here: https://scrumhalfconnection.com/2019/10/14/2019-2020-d1-d2-d3-usa-rugby-womens-club-standings/.

Tyrrells Premier teams Saracens and Harlequins will host ‘The Duel’ at Allianz Park on Saturday, April 18. We imagine these teams will still be at the top of the table in April and this will be a fantastic match!


Hannah Tyrrell of Ireland speaks with The Irish Times about about playing on a contract for 7s and preparing for XVs. 

Misc News

The World Rugby Museum at Twickenham Stadium has launched a new exhibition focused on ‘Rugby and the Olympics’. 

The unique exhibition showcases the leading role that Rugby Union has played in the birth of the modern Olympic movement. From Pierre de Coubertin’s formative experiences at Rugby School, the introduction to wheelchair rugby in the Paralympic games and Fiji’s first Olympic gold medal. It spans the history of rugby at the Olympics in both the XVs, Sevens, men’s and women’s game. The exhibition also looks ahead to the upcoming XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo.

Always fun to dive into the data and we did that last week. We looked at our website and available social media data. Follow our thread if you’d like a closer look!

The Rugby Journal has started a section highlighting legends of the game. Heather Fisher is the first female and they chose a fantastic athlete and human. The feature begins at the start, with Fisher on the sled but then covers how she came to rugby and her hope of being included in Tokyo 2020.

At the recent Women’s Rugby Coaches & Referees Association Conference longtime YSC supporter, Monica VanBuskirk moderated a panel  ‘USAR Board, Congress and Committees Updates’. It featured panelists Julie Lau, Phaidra Knight, Jenny Lui, Audrey Billingsley and Rosalind Chou. They gave an update on the dire situation USA Rugby is in…

Episode 19 includes England’s captain Sarah Hunter and Ireland’s Anna Caplice chatting about the 2020 Six Nations. 

The Women’s Rugby Show covers Wasps vs Bristol this week. 

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