Under the Posts – Women’s Rugby News for Dec 28-Jan 3

Under the Posts – Dec 28-Jan 3 begins with Outsports labeling World Rugby their ‘Asshole of the Year’, Scotland confirms Easson as their head coach, Great Britain has secured funding for their 7s teams, both Premier 15s matches are postponed, Oceania begins accepting applications for their 2021 World Rugby Women’s Leadership Development Scholarship, 12 player features and 3 media.

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Outsports held their annual Outsports Awards and while most of the accolades are considered to be positive and uplifting, the ‘Asshole of the Year’ isn’t that. The asshole of 2020 is World Rugby and we think it’s quite fitting. Rugby is about being inclusive and our governing body has chosen to exclude transgender female athletes. 

Weekly Women’s Rugby News

Test News

  • Scotland has named interim head coach Bryan Easson as the full-time head coach
  • Great Britain has secured funding for their 7s program through The National Lottery
  • Spain held a training camp for their men and women over the holidays

Competition News

  • Premier 15s was supposed to have two matches but both were postponed and will be rescheduled
  • Canada’s Alysha Corrigan and Emma Taylor will join the Saracens for the remainder of the season

Other News

  • World Rugby talks with Ada Milby about becoming the first female President of the Philippine Rugby Football Union (PRFU)
  • Oceania is accepting applications for the 2021 World Rugby Women’s Leadership Development Scholarship
  • Wasps’ Florence Williams has called out Adidas for their lack of available New Zealand Black Ferns apparel

Women’s Rugby Player Features

  • Saint Lucia’s Renetta Alecia Fredericks is profiled by The Voice
  • Ireland’s Neve Jones recently debuted and tells her story
  • Wale’s Jasmine Joyce is hoping to complete an Olympics and World Cup double in 2021
  • Canad’s Loramhel Mateo or Vanessa Cifuentes look to join the Philippine Volcanoes
  • Bermuda’s Deneka Borden discusses the four-year journey she took back to the international sevens circuit
  • England’s Amy Wilson-Hardy is featured by the Rugby Journal
  • Wales’ Tirion Thomas has almost single-handedly developed women and girls’ rugby in the Bala area and has been named as BBC Wales’ Unsung Hero for 2020
  • Goff Rugby continues to highlight All-Time Americans Liz Kirk, Phaidra Knight, Jillion Potter, Alycia Washington and Kim Magrini.

Women’s Rugby Media/Podcasts/Videos

  • USA’s head coach, Rob Cain speaks with DNVR Sports aboutembracing challenge during the pandemic
  • Ireland’s Ciara Griffin tells SportsJOE about playing on a broken le
  • Brazil’s Gabriela Pelligrini, Vitor Ancina, and Leonardo Crema on Greaux Rugby Podcast


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Featured News

Outsports has named World Rugby as the ‘Asshole of the Year’ for banning transgender women athletes for rugby. But first a bit about the Oustports Awards:

The annual Outsports Awards are for the most part representative of our positive, uplifting perspective of LGBTQ sports and the people who play them, coach them and support them. It’s how we honor our heroes, stars, role models and other inspiring people from across the community.

All but one award reinforces the message that we have spread for 21 years: Courage Is Contagious.

But just like in life, there’s always that one asshole determined to ruin a good thing. That’s what our Asshole of the Year Award is made to do: To call out those who stand in the way of progress, equality, individuality and love.

It’s worth mentioning that the runner-up for the award was to The Alliance Defending Freedom who the Southern Poverty Law Center labels as an extremist hate group. Really great company huh? 

If you want to take action against this ban, check out Rugby for All.

Women's Rugby News

Test News

Bryan Easson has been moved from Scotland’s women’s interim head coach to officially their head coach. 

“I am honoured and privileged to be appointed Scotland Women head coach,” said Easson, who has been involved with Scotland’s women’s performance programme for nearly two years.

“I have learned a lot about this group over the past few months, and alongside an excellent management team I look forward to continuing to help make improvements both on and off the pitch.”

The RFU, SRU and WRU confirm they have secured funding for GB Sevens teams for the 2021 season ahead of the Olympic Games. 

The deal has been made possible by an innovative commercial partnership with The National Lottery. The partnership means the GB Sevens teams have the perfect opportunity to build towards striking gold in the delayed Olympic Games. 

Spain men and women held a joint camp over the holiday break and they shared a few photos of the event.

Competitions News

The first Premier 15s matches of the year postponed due to a frozen pitch for DMP Durham Sharks vs Sale Sharks while Harlequins vs Saracens was postponed due to COVID-19 cases and exposures. 

Alysha Corrigan and Emma Taylor are the latest North American internationals to sign on with a Premier 15s club. The Atlantic Canadian duo have departed for England where they will join Sophie de Goede at Saracens for the remainder of the season.

Other News

Ada Milby admits becoming the first female President of the Philippine Rugby Football Union (PRFU) was not on her radar when she relocated to the country in 2012.

 In an ongoing commitment to promoting Women in Leadership, Oceania Rugby invites applications from across the region for the 2021 World Rugby’s Women’s Leadership Development Scholarship.

This exciting opportunity offers two scholarships of up to £10,000 that can be used to support a combination of leadership development opportunities ranging from formal or informal education, conferences, forums, mentoring and best practice study tours. Each scholarship is tailored to meet the development needs and leadership aspirations of the successful candidate.

Women’s rugby gear can be hard to find or if it’s available it’s limited in sizes or exorbitantly priced. Florence continues to call out the need to readily accessible apparel for the sport to grow. This is especially true the year of a Rugby World Cup.

Player Features


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