Under the Posts – Nov 9-15

Under the Posts – Nov 9-15 looks at the cancelled Six Nations and the Rugby Europe Championships, Samoa defeated Tonga 40-0 to advance to the final qualifications for the 2021 Rugby World Cup, South America hosts Valentin 7s, England defeats France, the Black Ferns beat the NZ Barbarians, Round 5 of Allianz Premier, USA announces Stars vs Stripes matches, Emily Scarratt speaks out about inequity, 5 player features and 7 media.

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Featured Women’s Rugby News

This week we learned that the remaining Six Nation and Rugby Europe Championships are cancelled. This is really putting the pressure on qualifiers for the 2020 Olympics and the 2021 Rugby World Cup. There is still time as Scrum Queens tells us, but it is getting tight. The cancellations point to the continued inequity in sport as the men finished their Six Nations campaigns and some teams are beginning the Autumn Internationals. As the men are professionals they receive support and funding to make sure their events occur and the women are pushed to the side because of their amateur status. The solution here is pretty simple…

Weekly Women’s Rugby News

Test News

  • France hosted England and stayed with the visitors for the first half but then seemed to run out of steam; England won 33-10
  • Samoa defeated Tonga 40-0 in the Oceania Rugby Championships and will now move on to the Final Qualification Tournament for the 2021 Rugby World Cup
  • South America is hosting the Valentin 7s on November 27-29 in Montevideo

Competition News

  • The Black Ferns defeated a New Zealand Barbarians side 34-15, they will play a second match this weekend
  • The Harlequins and Saracens still sit at the top of the table in Allianz Premier 15s
  • USA announces two Stars vs Stripes matches as they conclude training camp and highlight Women’s Rugby Week
  • Australia has penned a three-year broadcast deal that would include Super W matches

Other News

  • England’s Emily Scarratt joins her teammate Rachael Burford in asking for recognition and respect for women’s sport
  • Old Glory announces Bri Kim as an assistant coach of their girls and boys MLR Academy teams
  • Fiji’s Cathy Wong received the 50th Anniversary of Independence commemorative medal
  • Australia’s Sharni Williams and Shannon Parry have re-committed to 7s

Women’s Rugby Player Features

  • England’s Laura Keates talks with In the Cheap Seats about returning to International rugby
  • Ireland’s Nichola Fryday shares how the Irish are adapting to losing their Six Nations matches
  • Netherland’s Tamara van Leeuwen is profiled by Rugby Americas North
  • Ireland’s Kathryn Dane is the recipient of a prestigious Irish Research Council grant to fund her PhD research at Trinity, a study that will look into injuries related to tackling in women’s rugby
  • Ireland’s Lindsey Peat shares why she continues competing

Women’s Rugby Media/Podcasts/Videos

  • RAN rugby is hosting more forums starting November 17, 24 and December 1
  • The Womens Rugby Show was at Wasps vs DMP and provides a recap
  • Ireland’s Jenny Murphy chats with The Loose Head about her injuries and her journey
  • YSC’s Wendy was on The Rugby Rant talking about the newly announced MLR Grassroots Development Plan
  • England’s Dylan Hartley is joined by Sarah Beckett and Amy Cokayne to talk about rugby journeys, national anthems and pre-match routines
  • England’s Bryony Cleall and Duncan Johnson talk with Glass Half Full
  • England’s Stephen Jones is joined by Alex Lowe, Adam Hathaway and Lawrence Dallaglio on The Ruck
  • The Women’s Rugby Pod highlights the England vs France matches

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Featured News

With cases, hospitalizations and deaths rising around the world due to the pandemic, it’s no surprise that the Six Nations won’t be completed.

Surely this means the men’s Six Nations is being suspended as well?? Of course not, the women are amateurs and so “successful completion is impossible”. We are so exhausted by the blatant sexism and inequity in our sport. Beyond that, women’s sport is being gutted across the world while sports organizations find funding and support for the men.

Shortly after this announcement, Rugby Europe also announced that the Rugby World Cup 2021 European qualification tournament is also postponed.

This really brings the 2020 Olympics and the 2021 Rugby World Cup into jeopardy in our eyes. We believe the Olympics will occur in some form but we have major doubts about the RWC. If there isn’t funding or support for the Six Nations or RWC qualifiers, what will have changed by 2021? Sure it’s over two years away but we’ll be incredibly surprised if it goes off. We’re happy to be proven wrong here.

Women's Rugby News

Test News

France and England are hosting a 2-match series. England took home the first win of the series 33-10. The return fixture is this Saturday and will be available to watch on BBC2.

Samoa booked their place in the Final Qualification Tournament for Rugby World Cup 2021 with a 40-0 defeat of Tonga at the Trusts Arena in Auckland.

The South American Women’s Sevens will be played on November 28-29 in the framework of the XXVII Valentín Martín Nin in Montevideo.

Teams include Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica and the host Uruguay. The teams must arrive in Uruguay with the different medical studies carried out and will be quarantined for seven days, preparing in a health bubble.

Competitions News

New Zealand continues their World Cup preparation with the Possible vs Probable match last week and now back-to-back Ferns vs NZ Barbarian matches. In the first match of the series, the Black Ferns defeated the New Zealand Barbarians 34-15.  

Round 5 had some of the closest score lines of the year. Harlequins and Saracens remain at the top of the table with 25 points each. 

USA has had around half their training squad in camp for almost two months with the rest of the squad joining them this week. They will host a two-game series on November 18 and 21. The event forms part of Women’s Rugby Week, a celebration of the past, present and future of the game across USA Rugby’s digital channels.

Australia has penned a three-year partnership commencing in 2021 deal with Nine Entertainment Co. All Super Rugby AU matches will be live and ad-free on video-on-demand streaming service, Stan, alongside Super W and all matches of Super Rugby Aotearoa.

Other News

England’s Rachael Burford spoke out last week and now Emily Scarratt is adding her voice.
“We’ve taken such huge strides in the sport. There are so, so many positive stories of girls and women, from five years old to 40 years old, who have taken up rugby. Without wishing to sound too dramatic, it has changed people’s lives. That’s the thing we need to be spreading, not the other stuff that appears on social media. We have an excellent platform at the moment to show what a great sport it is. Hopefully lots of people will get on board with that.”
Bri Kim has been named to the MLR’s Old Glory Academy Staff as an assistant coach. With her appointment Old Glory solidified the existence of a girls and boys academies. Cathy Wong has been involved in Fiji rugby for over 28 years. She recently received the Fiji 50th Anniversary of Independence commemorative medal. Speaking about the women’s side in Fiji, Wong described the achievement as “a very big deal”, the indomitable Wong is now looking forward to seeing the team become the flagbearer for 15s rugby in her native country under new head coach Senirusi Seruvakula.
Australia has confirmed captain Sharni Williams and Shannon Parry have re-committed to helping the team defend the women’s rugby sevens Olympic title at Tokyo 2020.
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