Under the Posts – Sep 14-20

Under the Posts – Sep 14-20 kicks off one year until the 2021 Rugby World Cup, USA Rugby XVs is in camp, England 7s players are crowdfunding, 4 player features and 4 medias.

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Featured Women’s Rugby News

We are officially one year out from the 2021 Rugby World Cup! This tournament will be the first women’s edition to be played in the southern hemisphere.

Weekly Women’s Rugby News

Tons of women’s rugby news this week including:

  • Oceania XVs have also been cancelled
  • Italy’s competitions will return in early November
  • USA Rugby announces a daily training environment and 8-day mini camps
  • Scotland and Wales have named their training squads ahead of the rescheduled Six Nation matches
  • Samoa Rugby is hosting a month of women’s rugby activities
  • France is playing but over half the matches have been canceled due to COVID-19
  • Farah Palmer Cup Round 3 keeps Auckland on top in the North and Wellington & Canterbury tied for first in the South
  • England 7s players are crowdfunding for the 2021 Olympics
  • Ann Heneghan was elected the first ever female President of Connacht Rugby
  • Wales’ Siwn Lillicrap is confident that contracts will come
  • Premier 15s will begin local matches and official fixtures are expected by the end of the month
  • Black Ferns will have no test this year but instead three domestic matches

Women’s Rugby Player Features

  • Australia’s Chloe Dalton on her teammates cherishing what would have been the start of the 2020 Olympics
  • Scotland’s Rhona Lloyd almost gave up rugby at age 16…
  • Ireland’s Ciara Griffin speaks with Rugby World about her packed schedule
  • England’s Shaunagh Brown shares her journey to rugby and the racial diversity she experienced

Women’s Rugby Media/Podcasts/Videos

  • USA’s Naya Tapper chats with ‘We Run This’
  • Scotland’s Hollie Davidson talks through her rugby journey and how she came to hold a whistle
  • England’s Sarah Hunter is on the Women’s Rugby Podcast
  • Ulster’s Keelin Brady talks about training during a pandemic

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Featured News

We start our featured women’s rugby news celebrating one year to go until the 2021 Rugby World Cup!

The 2017 Rugby World Cup was groundbreaking and the anticipation leading up to New Zealand is electric. We look forward to Fiji’s tournament debut, a new quarter-final stage and matches being played at three world-class venues.

Plans for the tournament include potential isolation of arriving teams. New Zealand has kept tight control on the COVID-19 virus and that will extend to future sporting events.

Women's Rugby News

The Oceania XVs Championships were scheduled for November but have been cancelled. The Rugby World Cup Repechage Qualifier between Samoa and Tonga which was to be played during the Championship has however been retained and is planned for Auckland in November.

Italy XVs looks to be returning to rugby soon with the women’s competitions beginning in early November.

USA Rugby XVs are preparing to gather in Glendale, CO for an eight-week daily training environment (DTE) starting September 19. They are also hosting two 8-day mini camps throughout October.

Interim Scotland Women Head Coach, Bryan Easson, has named his training squad for a two-day camp.

The Samoa Rugby Union is celebrating the growth of rugby among women and girls with a month of activities, as part of ‘Oceania Unstoppables – Women in Rugby Month’.

The events begin with a Equal Playing Field Community 7s Festival, running from September 2-5 which includes a Girls Leadership Forum, a Girls Rugby Careers Expo and the Equal Playing Field Community 7s Tournament.

France has begun their elite competition but half of the matches were cancelled due to COVID.

England’s men and women’s 7s players have lost their contracts and are turning to crowdfunding. They’ve raised an impressive $16k already.

Ann Heneghan was elected the first ever female President of Connacht Rugby.

“It is a great honour to be elected as President of Connacht Rugby. Having been involved with the Supporters Club at a time when the future of Connacht Rugby was in jeopardy, it is particularly pleasing to see how the Province has grown and flourished over the intervening years.

Wales announced in July that they hoped to bring their senior women’s squad to semi or fully professional. Captain Siwan Lillicrap feels confident that in her career it will happen.

Round 3 of the Farah Palmer Cup keeps the top teams in the same place, Auckland on top in the North and Wellington & Canterbury tied for first in the South.

England’s elite women’s rugby competition, the Premier 15s, is expected to start its 2020-21 season on October 10 with clubs “playing locally where possible”. It is rumored that Premier 15s fixtures will be released at the end of the month.

The Black Ferns have lost any chance for a test and instead will play 3 domestic matches. The events include a possibles vs probables and two matches against the New Zealand Barbarians.

Interim Lead Coach, Darren Edwards has named a 35-strong squad as they continue to prepare for the rescheduled Six Nations matches.

Player Features


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