Under the Posts – Feb 10-16 starts with our coverage of XVs including England ripping Scotland 53-0 in a makeup Six Nations match, Fiji defeated Super W’s Queensland 29-10 and Asia has postponed the 2021 WRWC Qualifiers due to the Coronavirus. We also take a look the solo Tyrrell’s Premier matches as well as Club and College rugby in the US.
In 7s news, it was revealed that the Olympic repechage will be June 20-21 in Dublin, World Rugby releases the details of a standalone Women’s World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series and Hong Kong postpones their 7s tournament due to the Coronavirus.
Misc news highlights Catherine Spencer’s best-selling book, rugby in Kosovo and all the podcasts from the week.
Six NationsThe postponed Six Nations England vs Scotland match was moved to BT Murrayfield and was a closed event. England coasted to a 53-0 win over the hosts. The video and photos from the events were unreal…Storm Clara was showing her wrath and the players looked miserable.
Other InternationalsFijiana are down under and have defeated Queensland 29-10 in their first match of the tour. Queensland had a bye for the first week of their local competition, Super W. Fiji will now face the Waratahs on Friday, February 21.
League Results & Updates
SmartSalary Smart Play | Week 01— Rugby Australia (@RugbyAU) February 18, 2020
Great scramble and team try from the Tahs! Katrina Barker intercepts a loose pass, offloads to two sets of hands before Maya Stewart opens the Waratahs account for 2020.
This play earns our @smartsalary Play of the Week. #SuperW pic.twitter.com/ExOsSHRhB5
Australia’s Super W returned this past weekend and 2020 was opened with wins by the Waratahs and Brumbies. The Brumbies started out the weekend and they rushed past RugbyWA 29-10 while Melbourne struggled to get going and eventually losing to the Waratahs 33-3.
All teams will be back in action this weekend.
Just one game for Tyrrell’s Premier this week as Richmond hosted the Saracens. Richmond could only muster one converted try to Saracens 42 points.
With this win the Saracens move back to the top of the table but with only a two point lead over the Harlequins it remains a close battle.
The league will again go on an extended break until March 21 once the Six Nations is over.
Some really cold matches this weekend but rugby continues to roll across the US. We also took a quick look at our CMS Standings page and here are some mid-season leaders:
- Frontier Red River – Glendale followed by Houston
- Midwest – Chicago followed by Minnesota
- Eastern – NOVA followed by Philadelphia
- Pacific South – San Diego and Tempe are tied
- Carolinas-Georgia – Savannah followed by August
- Empire – Village Lions followed by Monmouth
- Florida – Tampa Bay followed by Jacksonville
- Mid-America – St. Louis followed by KC Jazz
- Mid-Atlantic – Doylestown followed by Harrisburg
- Midwest East Gold – Buffalo followed by Pittsburgh
- Midwest East Green – Cincinnati followed by Columbus
- Midwest West – Palmer College followed by Milwaukee
- NERFU – Providence followed by Worcester
- Pacific Northwest – Emerald City Mudhens followed by Bend Lady
- Red River – San Antonio followed by Austin II
- True South – Louisiana followed by Knoxville
- Mid-Atlantic North – South Jersey followed by York & Lancaster
- Mid-Atlantic South – Maryland followed by Rappahannock
- NERFU – Amoskeag followed by South Shore
- Red River – They are piloting a 10s half field version of the game and Denton is leading the competition
The Rugby Breakdown brings us another weekly update on the Spring College Rankings. BYU is still on top followed by Virginia Tech and UCF.
Olympic repecharge reported to be planned for Dublin on 20/21 June - just a month before the @Tokyo2020. Report suggests that Dublin won a bid to host the tournament ahead of Biarritz, Monaco and Moscow. pic.twitter.com/pfhP1ASBNI— Scrumqueens - Women’s Rugby (@ScrumQueens) February 11, 2020
The Olympic Repechage sounds like it will be in Dublin on June 20-21. Ireland reportedly won the hosting gig over Biarritz, Monaco and Moscow.
Ellia Green shocked everyone when she posted a photo of herself in the hospital. Does this mean she’s out for the rest of the season and the Olympics? Australia says no,
“The ankle surgery was a general clean-up, and the expectation is while Green may miss tournaments in the next month or two as she rehabs, the 173 days before the start of the Aussie women’s title defence begins at the Tokyo Olympics should be more than enough to see the star flyer back on her feet and scoring tries.”
World Rugby first announced their new Sevens Challenger Series last month and only released details about the men’s events. We now finally have the details for a solo event (I guess ignore the Series branding? for now…) taking place in Stellenbosch, South Africa on March 28-29.
The 12 teams taking place in the inaugural event include Argentina, Belgium, China, Colombia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Scotland and hosts South Africa.
Even rugby events aren’t immune to the Coronavirus and Hong Kong Sevens has been postponed. The event has always been held in April but will move to October in the hopes that the virus will be contained.
Catherine Spencer’s book ‘Mud, Maul, Mascara’ is the #1 bestseller in the category of rugby books. If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, get it now…
This was published in late 2019 but we didn’t find it until someone shared it with us on Twitter. The story looks at war torn Kosovo and where only four rugby teams exist and one of them is a women’s rugby club.
The organization ‘Girls Rugby’ has been awarded a ‘Women Win International Exchange’ to Brazil in partnership with Empodera. This exchange program will be funded by the U.S. Department of State and will fund twelve (12) participants from the United States to travel to Brazil March 8th-14th and twelve (12) participants from Brazil to travel to the US May 2nd-10th.
“Girls Rugby is excited to participate in this exchange program with the U.S. Department of State, Women Win, and Empodera. Our mission is to empower girls to reach their potential through sport and to participate in an exchange that centers on female empowerment is truly an honor. We are working to build a great curriculum for both sides of the exchange to ensure participants make the most of their experience, which will include partnerships with other sport organizations in Brazil and the United States.” Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, Erin Kennedy