Under the Posts – Oct 12-18

Under the Posts – Oct 12-18 features England coming out against the transgender ban, Six Nations matches this weekend, the Rugby Europe Women’s Championship matches are cancelled, the Semi-finals are set in the Dr Farah Palmer Cup, Round 2 of Allianz Premier 15s, the IRFU and Belgium suspend play, 6 player features and 5 medias.

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Featured Women’s Rugby News

We continue to highlight the injustice of the new World Rugby transgender ban. We must keep rugby for all and we applaud England for coming out against the ban. We also feature an article from 2018 by Parker Molloy who breaks why trans women don’t have an advantage.

Weekly Women’s Rugby News

International News

  • A few changes to the Six Nations schedule for October 24-25:
    • Oct 24 – Ireland vs Italy 12:30 CST
    • Oct 25 – Scotland vs France 9:20 CST
  • Spain has announced their side for the first Rugby Europe Women’s Championship match against Russia on October 24
  • Senirusi Seruvakula has been offered the position of Head Coach of the Fijiana XVs

Competition News

  • The semi-finals for the Dr Farah Palmer Cup are set. Here’s to hoping we can watch online!
    • Semifinal 1: Canterbury v Auckland, Saturday 24 October
    • Semifinal 2: Waikato v Manawatu, Sunday 25 October
  • Ireland has ceased the Energia Community Series after one week of competition due to ongoing spread of the coronavirus
  • Belgium joins Ireland is suspending play for the same reason
  • England’s Allianz Premier 15s wrapped Round 2 with a three-way tie between the Harlequins, Saracens and Loughborough

Other News

  • World Rugby is letting the fans have their say and vote for the men’s and women’s 15s and sevens players of the decade; voting ends October 25
  • Fiji continues to develop female coaches and recently held a special World Rugby coaching course
  • The Indian Rugby Football Union (IRFU) will begin compensating their top players for attending training camps as well as supporting them with insurance and nutritional support
  • Australia’s Charlotte Caslick crossed over to Rugby League recently and has suffered a lumbar spine injury that has ruled her out of the Rugby League Finals

Women’s Rugby Player Features

  • England Rugby is celebrating Black History Month and is featuring:
    • Paula George – 75 caps and former Captain
    • Maxine Edwards – 45 caps and former Captain
    • Maggie Alphonsi – 74 caps and Rugby World Cup winner
  • New Zealand’s Dr Farah Palmer is content to stay behind the scenes if if the top competition is named after her
  • England’s Zoe Aldcroft was recently named RPA’s Women’s Sport player of the year
  • Canada’s Maria Gallo will be taking part of the World Rugby’s Coaching Internship Program

Women’s Rugby Media/Podcasts/Videos

  • The Women’s Rugby Pod Show is breaking down Allianz Premier 15s each week
  • Sky Sports chatted with England’s Tom Mitchell and Abbie Brown about preparing for the Olympics without support from the RFU
  • The Rugby Hive Podcast chats with USA’s Alev Kelter
  • Wales Jasmine Joyce talks about preparing for the rescheduled Six Nations matches
  • Eng;and’s Tamara Taylor talks about her shock departure from the Durham Sharks

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Featured News

Transgender women will still be allowed to play women’s rugby at all non-international levels of the game in England for the foreseeable future. The RFU believes more work is needed to assess the science, as well as investigating whether there are safe ways to allow trans women to keep playing the sport they love, rather than ban them from the domestic game. This position, it is understood, is supported by a number of other countries, including the US and Canada.

We were sent this article by Parker Molloy on Upworthy from 2018. Sure, it’s a few years old but it’s powerful and worth the read.

Women's Rugby News

Test News

A few small changes to the rescheduled Six Nations matches, mainly Ireland vs Italy is moved to October 24th and all matches have had their kick-off times adjusted. 

France and Italy have announced their rosters ahead of their fixtures.

Spain has announced their roster for their match against Russia in the Rugby Europe Women’s Championship on October 24. Spain cut their assembly short due to two players contracting coronavirus so all of these upcoming games could be in Jeopardy…

Senirusi Seruvakula has been offered the position of Head Coach of the Fijiana XVs. This is an interesting announcement as most Unions hold their coaching decisions much closer to the chest. 

Competition News

The semi-finals of the Dr Farah Palmer Cup have been determined! 

  • Semifinal 1: Canterbury v Auckland, Saturday 24 October
  • Semifinal 2: Waikato v Manawatu, Sunday 25 October

After one round of play, Ireland has suspended their Energia Community Series. They have done this in consultation with their local government as an effort to continue curbing the spread of COVID-19.

Round 2 has concluded in England’s Allianz Premier 15s with a three-way tie at the top of table between the Harlequins, Saracens and Loughborough. 

Belgium has also suspended play due to COVID-19 cases. They will reassess on November 2 with a goal of restarting on the 8th if possible.

Other News

Fans are invited to have their say and vote for the men’s and women’s 15s and sevens players of the decade, along with the try of the decade to celebrate a special edition of the World Rugby Awards in 2020. Voting closes October 25.

Fiji continues their focus on developing female coaches and they’ve just completed a World Rugby level 1 women’s coaching course.

The Indian Rugby Football Union (IRFU) has entered into a three-year agreement with the Odisha state government. This agreement will allow the national men’s and women’s team players to be paid for the first time ever. 

Players will be paid for participation in camps and tournaments and the core group of national players have been promised insurance and nutritional support.

Australia’s Charlotte Caslick had recently crossed over to Rugby League and had already made an impact. But an injury to her lumbar spine will require her to recover for at least a month and will rule her out of the rest of the season.

Player Features


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