Under the Posts – Sep 7-13

Under the Posts – Sep 7-13 begins with the XV Foundation’s Panel on Sept 18, IOC Vice President insists on Olympics games occurring in 2021, Oceania 7s is cancelled, 6 player features and 4 medias.

NEW – Each week we’ll give you our Under the Posts – Women’s Rugby News video update in 90 seconds or less. We went over time by a bit this week but we’ll keep at it!

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Featured Women’s Rugby News

XV Foundations is hosting a hour and a half virtual event on September 18 and will feature two panels of current and future world champions, a silent auction, and gear giveaways.

There is still time to register before September 18!

Weekly Women’s Rugby News

A big week for women’s rugby news including IOC Vice President John Coates tellng everyone that the 2021 Olympics will go on regardless of the pandemic, and the Oceania 7s have been cancelled.

Also, the Round 2 of the Farah Palmer Cup finished up with Auckland on top in the North and Wellington & Canterbury tied for first in the South. 

84 scholars have penned their names in a letter to World Rugby about their proposed transgender ban. We thought this excerpt was very powerful: “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. There is no peer-reviewed, scientific evidence to justify a ban which would only be harmful to trans and gender diverse people.”

Last, two-time Olympian Caster Semenya has lost her most recent appeal meaning she won’t be able to defend her title without altering her body. Caster was born a female but has a genetic condition that elevates the level of male sex hormones in her body.

Women’s Rugby Player Features

  • England’s Danielle Waterman calls time on her rugby career
  • Harlequin’s Zoe Saynor discusses her involvement in the club’s Pride match against London Irish in February
  • England’s Rocky Clark shares the brutal reality of retiring from international rugby
  • Wales’ Cerys Hale is focusing on becoming the best prop in the world during lockdown
  • Worcester’s Jemima Moss speaks of falling ill at 16 and the support she got from her team
  • England’s Jess Breach talks with the Rugby Journal about how women’s rugby reaches new audiences.

Women’s Rugby Media/Podcasts/Videos

  • ITV announces ‘Black Voices’, a platform for Black people to share experiences, stories and ultimately to educate. It includes England’s Maggie Alphonsi among others
  • Sue Anstiss is on The Game Changes talking about women in sports media
  • USA’s JD Stephenson talks Junior All Americans
  • 20×20 shares how looking at our past can dictate our future in sport
  • Wasps’ Florence Williams is on Women Who Sport talking about Dominos and rugby funding imbalances

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Featured News

We’re really excited about this panel hosted by XV Foundation! Thee panel includes Julie Foudy, Scott Burrell, Maryanne Sorensen, Kate Zackary, Jordan (Gray) Matyas and Kb Broughton.

There is still time to register before September 18 and make sure you get in on the silent auction!

Women's Rugby News

IOC vice-president John Coates is adamant that the Tokyo Games will start on their revised date of 23 July, 2021. 

“It will take place with or without Covid. The Games will start on 23 July next year,” said Coates, who heads the International Olympic Committee’s Coordination Commission for the Tokyo Games.

Due to the ongoing and dynamic nature of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Oceania Rugby Men’s and Women’s Championship scheduled to take place in November 2020 has been cancelled.

Italy are back on the pitch!

Ireland is as well!

Round 2 of the Farah Palmer Cup had some close matches but a few blowouts as well:

  • North Harbour 17 Bay of Plenty 67
  • Manawatu 10 Canterbury 36
  • Waikato 76 Taranaki 14
  • Tasman 0 Wellington 62
  • Northland 22 Auckland 29
  • Otago 29 Hawke’s Bay 20

The new Rugby Africa Women’s Advisory Committee (WAC) will provide positive gender inclusion practices with a focus on women’s rugby. 

Khaled Babbou, President of Rugby Africa states: “With the WAC we have set the institutional basis to scale up our efforts to be gender inclusive and meet our strategic goals for women in rugby where we aim at a minimum representation of 30% of women in leadership roles and where 40% of the registered players on the continent will be women by 2025.“ Andrew Owor, Vice President of Rugby Africa added: “We also aim at having four African teams in the World Rugby top 30 ranking, two teams in the women’s rugby World Cup and in the world series.”

WRCRA is doing a few features on early teams in the United States. This week they’re looking at the Eugene Housewives active between 1979-1989.

Sara Cox continues to break barriers and glass ceilings. But she insists it’s not about her but…

“It’s about the generation of girls behind me who say, ‘Do you know what? I’m interested in rugby because of her’.”

Noah Riseman has been researching Australia’s transgender history for the past three years. Riseman including Caroline Layt drafted an academic response to World Rugby’s proposed transgender ban.

Eighty-four scholars have signed the letter from over 60 universities in eight countries.

Two-time Olympian Caster Semenya has a genetic condition known as hyperandrogenism that elevates the level of male sex hormones in her body. A new rule instituted in 2018 by World Athletics, an international governing body, disqualifies her from competing internationally because of that condition.

Semenya has been fighting that rule since it was passed and a recnet ruling from the Swiss Supreme Court on Tuesday means Semenya won’t get to defend her title at next year’s Olympics unless she takes medication to lower her testosterone levels.

“I am very disappointed by this ruling, but refuse to let World Athletics drug me or stop me from being who I am,” Semenya said in a press release. “Excluding female athletes or endangering our health solely because of our natural abilities puts World Athletics on the wrong side of history. I will continue to fight for the human rights of female athletes, both on the track and off the track, until we can all run free the way we were born. I know what is right and will do all I can to protect basic human rights, for young girls everywhere.”

Player Features


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