Under the Posts – Oct 26-Nov 1 begins with England winning the Grand Slam, Canterbury takes their 4th Dr Farah Cup Title, England, Italy and France cancel amateur competitions, a feature on the Springboks, Asia’s ‘Unstoppable Asia’ campaign, USWRF 15 Under 30 Awards as well as 6 player features and a whopping 7 medias.
Weekly Women’s Rugby News
- England won the Six Nations last week and they completed the Grand Slam defeating Italy 54-0
- France v Ireland and Wales v Scotland were postponed due to positive cases and exposure
- Squidge Rugby takes a closer look at how Scotland drew with France – fascinating analysis!
- Samoa recently held a three-day trial camp as they prepare for their match against Tonga on November 14
- The final match of the Dr Farah Palmer Cup was one for the ages. Low scoring with a final of 8-7 in Canterbury’s favor, it was a defensive battle.
- It was an off weekend for Allianz Premier 15s but a rescheduled match between Bristol and Wasps took place
- Italy, England and France suspend amateur competitions due to increasing cases
- World Rugby shares the good work Bhubesi Pride Foundation is doing in Africa
- NBC News talks with Grace McKenzie and Joanna Harper about the recent World Rugby transgender ban
- Jacob Whitehead features the South Africa women’s rugby story for Rugby World
- Asia kicks off their second phase of ‘Unstoppables Asia’
- USWRF announces their inaugural 15 Under 30 Awards
- WRWCA features the first US Women’s Collegiate Championships
Women’s Rugby Player Features
- Kenya’s Esther Nduta Karanja is a match official but shares how she came to find rugby
- England’s Alex Matthews shares how switching from 7s to XVs was a challenge
- Bristol’s Rownita Marston and Simi Pam speak about what Black History Month means, personal experiences of racism, the importance of diversity and loving who you are
- Wales’ Jenny Davies was capped 74 times as a prop but now holds the whistle
- South Africa’s Zenay Jordaan joins the MyPlayers Board (a players organization)
Women’s Rugby Media/Podcasts/Videos
- World Rugby’s Katie Sadleir talks to Sean Maloney about growing the game across the world
- Scotland launched a new podcast series that will feature inspiring women, they started with Jade Konkel
- New Zealand’s Ruby Tui joins The Pod
- Women’s Rugby Show chats all things rugby and their favorite sporting highlights
- England’s Zainab Alema talks with Sky Sports about being muslim and playing rugby
- Ul Bohemian’s Head Coach Fiona Hayes chats with The Loose Head
England is already the 2020 Six Nations Champion and they’ve addd another Grand Slam. This weekend they ran in eight tries for a bonus-point in Italy and secure a record 15th Grand Slam to go with their 16th championship win.
NEW VIDEO: The biggest shock result in test rugby of 2020 took place this weekend. An impassioned Scotland battled to a draw against a world-class France XV, in a match too many were considering a foregone conclusion. So, how did Scotland pull it off?https://t.co/X6zdoi7QWN pic.twitter.com/ZdvrYOUOBM— Squidge Rugby (@SquidgeRugby) October 28, 2020
Squidge Rugby breaks down how Scotland tied France (which is awesome) or you can also view the official highlights. An amazing comeback that deserves another look.
We were looking forward to a 3 match weekend but France v Ireland and Wales v Scotland have been postponed.
In the case of France v Ireland, the postponement comes after a number of French players tested positive for COVID-19.
With regards to Wales v Scotland, four Scottish players have withdrawn from the squad after they were identified as ‘close contacts’ with members of the France team they played against on Sunday 25 October and who have since tested positive for COVID-19 in France.
A three-day trial camp has boosted the Samoa women’s rugby team in the lead up to their repechage qualifying match against Tonga.
The finals for the Dr Farah Palmer Cup didn’t disappoint. It was a defensive affair on both sides but Canterbury scored a try in the 56th minute of injury time to claim their fourth title.
Dr Farah Palmer Cup Championship
- Canterbury 8 Waikato 7
England cancels Adult Competitive Leagues (Level 3 and below for Men, Level 2 and below for Women) for the 2020/21 season due to COVID-19. For now this excludes the Allianz Premier 15s competition.
Allianz Premier 15s was on a break this week but the rescheduled Bristol Bears vs Wasps match took place. Wasps took the win with a hefty 64-10 scoreline.
From tomorrow all contact sport in Italy will cease apart from professional football. Italian #wrugby championship has been suspended by @Federugby until 24 January. At present ITA team remain in camp and international games will go ahead. Rules will be reviewed on 24th Nov.— Scrumqueens - Women’s Rugby (@ScrumQueens) October 26, 2020
Italy has suspended their championship until January 24. They are in camp for Six Nations and will remain in a sort of bubble with a review of COVID-19 status on November 24.
France suspends all domestic amateur rugby until January with the possible exception of #wrugby elite league depending on the content of government decree due to be published tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/2mmO8IxNmG— Scrumqueens - Women’s Rugby (@ScrumQueens) October 29, 2020
France also made the call to suspend amateur competitions until the beginning of January 2021 except for National, Federal 1, Elite Women and Espoirs clubs.
There is a caveat that they may make further determinations about the exceptions but we haven’t seen any further news yet.
Learn more about the ‘World Rugby Spirit of Rugby’ Bhubesi Pride Foundation (BPF) and how they are using rugby as a tool for change in Africa.
NBC News jumps into the transgender rugby players debate. They profile Grace McKenzie, a member of the Golden Gate Women’s Rugby Club in San Francisco and Joanna Harper, a researcher studying trans women athletes at England’s Loughborough University.
Why haven’t South Africa made as big an impact in women’s rugby as they have in the men’s game? Jacob Whitehead reports for Rugby World.
Asia Rugby "Unstoppable Asia" Campaign— Asia Rugby (@asiarugby) October 29, 2020
As part of the second phase, Asia Rugby has launched the ‘Unstoppable Asia’ Campaign shining the spotlight on stories of remarkable Women in rugby in Asia.https://t.co/A5OhEhikKl pic.twitter.com/ajVy9zA0Vd
In 2019 World Rugby launched the global ‘Try and Stop Us’ campaign highlighting the inspirational stories of fifteen ‘Unstoppable’ women from around the world.
As part of the second phase, Asia Rugby has launched the ‘Unstoppable Asia’ Campaign shining the spotlight on stories of remarkable Women in rugby in Asia. Asia Rugby has also Launched a dedicated page for the Campaign at https://www.asiarugby.com/unstoppable/.
U.S. Women’s Rugby Foundation Inaugural 15 Under 30 Awards - Read more using link in our bio! pic.twitter.com/p2uEkGcy4a— Your Scrumhalf Connection (@yscrugby) October 31, 2020
The U.S. Women’s Rugby Foundation has announced their inaugural 15 Under 30 Awards. They created these awards to highlight those who exemplify the best qualities of rugby and bring those qualities to the field, to their teams, to the sport and to local and global communities.
WRCRA continues their look into the history of women’s rugby in the US. They recently looked at the first Women’s Collegiate Championships and chatted with Roshna Wunderlich and Colleen Lanigan.
It was great to chat coaching to Fiona Hayes, head coach of @ulbohemianrfc Women and Energia Women's AIL Coach of the Year 2020.— The Loose Head (@TheLooseH) October 27, 2020
If every coach had the energy Fiona has there would never be a dull training session again.
Looking forward to releasing the episode soon. pic.twitter.com/dEO5G5Fvyb