Under the Posts – Jan 27-Feb 2 starts with the 2020 Six Nations where we saw England defend their title defeating France 19-13. In the other two matches of the weekend, Wales narrowly lost to Italy 15-19 and Ireland battled Scotland but won 18-14.
In other XVs news, Fiji will travel to Australia to play Queensland and Waratahs and we catch up with USA Club Rugby and College Rugby. Most other International leagues are on hold for the Six Nations.
7s brings us all the Sydney 7s glory where New Zealand won another title, their fourth in a row…can they be stopped?
#IrelandWomen— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) January 30, 2020
Here’s the Ireland team to play Scotland in the opening round of the @Womens6Nations at a Energia Park on Sunday. #shouldertoshoulder #cantseecantbe #womens6nations pic.twitter.com/Psuol0hHaO
Our feature in women’s rugby this week is the start of the 2020 Six Nations. This was perhaps the best start to the tournament with all three matches tightly contested with a margin of 4-6 points between teams.
Ireland started off the weekend strong battling Scotland to an eventual 18-14 win. Wales attempted to weather a strong Italian side but narrowly lost 15-19 while England snuck by France 19-13.
We may have seen the Championship match on opening weekend…but we shall see. Week 2 will see France vs Italy, Scotland vs England and Ireland vs Wales.
Fiji are traveling to Australia to play two Super W teams, Queensland and Waratahs. These matches will be part of Fiji’s 2021 RWC campaign and i their first international tour in a long time.
Sunday February 16
- Queensland Reds vs Fiji, Ballymore Stadium, 3pm AEST
Friday February 21
- NSW Waratahs Women vs Fiji, UNSW Fields Daceyville, 6:30pm AEDT
League Results & Updates
USA Club rugby is in full swing with matches in the Pacific North, Pacific South, Red River, and South.
Ranking season returns! The first #wrugby DI Spring College Ranking of 2020 includes an overview of the leagues & watch list: https://t.co/KQhdGaNnbO— The Rugby Breakdown (@TheRugbyBD) January 27, 2020
DII spring rankings to come next Monday, when more of the leagues activate
PC: J. Dalton Photography pic.twitter.com/UJSCTIqaFY
Jackie with The Rugby Breakdown provides the first DI Spring College Ranking of the year. BYU comes in at the top, read on to see who else is included in the top 10.
Also from The Rugby Breakdown, we learn that the National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) will group member institutions according to their NCAA divisions. Tier I and Tier II will dissolve, and teams will compete in Divisions I, II and III.
Japan took up camp in Guam as they prepared for Sydney 7s. With the recent Men’s 2019 RWC in Japan, they’ve seen a new rush of fans and support for the sport.
“Before the World Cup, there were not a lot of people interested in rugby. That’s because it was not one of our major sports, but now lots of people are interested in the sport,” Kagawa said. “I think the attention is getting bigger and bigger and that affects our women’s team. Now, people are following the women’s team.”
Great Britain women’s sevens coach Scott Forrest talked to World Rugby about plotting a path to Tokyo 2020 for Great Britian 7s while balancing his day-to-day commitments in Scotland.
New Zealand were back to back winners as they took Sydney 7s over Canada this weekend. They also wrote a chapter into the history books as they became the first to successfully defend the HSBC Sydney Sevens title.
The title is their fourth in a row on the 2020 series after also lifting the silverware in Dubai, Cape Town and on home soil in Hamilton last weekend, taking their total to an incredible 26 titles in 42 series events.
We’re proud to announce today that YSC Rugby is an Official Ambassador to @TheRugbyShow! The two-day gathering July 11-12, at Ricoh Arena in Coventry, England is for fans and players of all ages. #TheRugbyShow https://t.co/wsZLlDMT1L pic.twitter.com/1SJ7vTB0ip— Your Scrumhalf Connection - Women's Rugby (@yscrugby) January 28, 2020
We were super pumped to announce we have become an Official Ambassador to The Rugby Show!
The Rugby Show is a two-day gathering July 11-12, at Ricoh Arena in Coventry, England for fans and players of all ages. It offers a unique opportunity to tap into the minds of recent MMA convert James Haskell, Premiership regulars Jimmy Gopperth and Tommy Taylor and former RFU head groundsman Keith Kent to name a few…
As the teams prepare for a weekend sees France take on England the latest round on #wrugby's greatest rivalry, @LydzFursey takes us back to the first "le Crunch" in 1986 when Great Britain who took on the French in the first time. https://t.co/0hsLIiwP0j pic.twitter.com/id3tP7BxiK— Scrumqueens - Women’s Rugby (@ScrumQueens) January 29, 2020
Lydia Furse for Scrum Queens takes us back to the first “le Crunch” in 1986 when Great Britain took on the French for the first time.