Under the Posts – Aug 31-Sep 6

Under the Posts – Aug 31-Sep 6 features the sad news that Hamilton & Sydney 7s are canceled,  Iran, Lao and Nepal rugby have submitted applications to World Rugby, 84 academics have written to World Rugby raising concerns over the proposed ban on trans women, the first weekend of the Farah Palmer Cup took place, and we’ve got 2 player features and 2 medias.

Weekly Women’s Rugby News

Our weekly women’s rugby news roundup starts with the announcement that World Rugby has cancelled the Hamilton and Sydney stops for the 2021 HSBC 7s. They also announced they are injecting $2.5 million to optimize teams’ Olympic preparations for Tokyo Games.

Asia Rugby in close coordination with all the relevant parties have submitted to World Rugby the Membership Applications of Iran Rugby Association, Lao Rugby Federation and Nepal Rugby Association.

Iran Rugby Association and Lao Rugby Federation are currently Associate members of World Rugby and are applying for Full membership; Iran became a member World Rugby in 2011 and has made huge strides in promoting the game of Rugby in Iran.

The Perception Agency has been dropping truth bombs and they have trained their sights on England. The England Men’s 15s players will be taking a 25% pay cut on their Match fee as a result of the pandemic. This amounts to $510,283 (£396,750) and that could have covered the entire annual salary of the England Women’s 7s squad for 1 year with a WHOPPING $150,117.15 (£116,750) leftover. 

The Farah Palmer Cup started this weekend with Counties Mankukau, Auckland and Waikato taking home the first wins over North Harbour, Taranaki and Northland.

84 Academics have written to World Rugby raising concerns over the proposed ban on transgender women. 

Women’s Rugby Player Features

  • New Zealand’s Fern Ruahei on training for a World Cup during a pandemic
  • USA’s Kristen Thomas speaks with Team USA about the importance of education of on racial injustice, police brutality and black culture

Women’s Rugby Media/Podcasts/Videos

  • Grace McKenzie speaks with The Trans Sporter Room about organizing a petition to stop a proposed ban on transgender athletes by World Rugby
  • England’s Emily Scarratt tells BT Sport why #IAMENOUGH is important to rugby

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Women's Rugby News

World Rugby announced that the Hamilton and Sydney HSBC 7s stops will not take place in 2021 but will return in 2022. They also announced a funding boost of US$2.5 million to optimize teams’ Olympic preparations for Tokyo Games.

Asia Rugby in close coordination with all the relevant parties have submitted to World Rugby the Membership Applications of Iran Rugby Association, Lao Rugby Federation and Nepal Rugby Association

Perception Agency threw down some amazing perspective on Twitter this week. Click through to read the thread.

The first week of the Farah Palmer Cup in New Zealand is in the books! Counties Manukau set the pace as they ran out 89 points against North Harbour in the biggest scoreline of the weekend.

Waikato outlasted Northand 18-5 and in the last match up of the weekend, Auckland blanked Taranaki 38-0.

England’s Red Roses and Premier 15s competition moves to Stage 2. This means that they have adapted training regimes to minimize the risk of face-to-face contact. They’ve done some pretty cool analysis and determined areas where contact can be avoided. 

Wasps Ladies director of rugby Giselle Mather speaks with Rugby World about how the pandemic is affecting Premier 15s.

We’re about to start the second cycle of the Premier 15s. In years one to three, the biggest change was the product on the field. The enhanced physicality, conditioning and skill levels are obvious, but the tactical strategies employed show the different styles of each side.

Now years four to six begin. Exeter and Sale replace Richmond and Waterloo; both new sides are coupled with men’s sides and have serious financial backing. It brings the elite women’s game to new regions, allowing girls in the South-West and North-West to see their heroes playing and the pathway that exists.

We’ve mentioned the open letter to World Rugby on their proposed trans ban. It has been co-signed by 84 leading academics from a range of fields including sport, public health and sociology, also questions the science behind the proposed ban and warns it will discriminate against vulnerable people.

“We are opposed to World Rugby’s proposed ban of an entire population group from playing women’s rugby: non-binary people assumed male at birth and transgender women,” it says. “There is no peer-reviewed, scientific evidence to justify a ban which would only be harmful to trans and gender diverse people.”

Loughborough Lightning and Scotland’s Rhona Lloyd opens up about the recent Ireland women’s rugby jersey issue and how she is seeing some positives from it.

Player Features

Media

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