Welcome to the top women’s rugby news for May 17-23. We begin with the Allianz Premier 15s semi-finals where the Harlequins and Saracens defeated Wasps and Loughborough putting them in the Championship in Kingsholm on May 30th. We also look at Round three of South Africa’s Premier Division where Border Ladies and DHL Western are dominating the division with three wins in a row, and New Zealand announced the draw for the Dr Farah Palmer Cup with matches starting July 16.
In 7s news, Premier Rugby 7s will debut in the US this fall featuring North America’s top athletes along with equal pay for both genders! New Zealand took four out of five matches against Australia in the first round of the Trans-Tasman tournament and Colombia dominated Life U 7s in Atlanta.
In Other News, the BBC & ITV confirmed they will broadcast the Women’s Six Nations for the next four years, France will allow transgender women to continue playing rugby while Canada announced several female additions to their Board.
We wrap up the week with 11 player features and 10 media.
tl;dr: Under the Posts – Women’s Rugby News for May 17-23 begins with the Allianz Premier 15s semi-finals, the draw for the Dr Farah Palmer Cup and Premier Rugby 7s will debut in the US with top North American talent and equal pay.
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Weekly Women’s Rugby News
- Harlequins and Saracens are on their way back to the Allianz Premier Finals after defeating Wasps and Loughborough
- Round 3 of South Africa’s Premier Division saw Border Ladies and DHL Western cruise to their third wins in a row while Boland Dames got their first win
- The Dr Farah Palmer Cup schedule was released with matches starting July 16
- Uganda held a camp in Junja where they focused on transitioning from 10s to XVs
- Zambia will take part in a two nations Battle of Zambezi tour from June 2 to 6
- Premier Rugby 7s is the newest competition in the US, debuting with North America’s top athletes and equal pay
- New Zealand won four out of five matches in the first round of the Trans-Tasman clash
- Colombia swept the field at Life U 7s
- Spain was back in camp again in Pepe Rojo, Valladolid
- Willie Stewart, a consultant neuropathologist joins calls for more female specific research in contact sports
- BBC commits to broadcasting the Women’s Six Nations along with the Men’s and Under-20s
- France came out in support of allowing transgender rugby players to play
- Canada announces their first female Chair of the Board and appoints other females to the Board
Women’s Rugby Player Features
- Learn more about South Africa’s Zinhle Ndawonde as featured by News24
- Scotland’s Rhona Lloyd returned to the pitch for Great Britain 7s and scored a blistering six tries
- Loughborough’s Emma Wassell talks about moving south, taking exams, and big-game excitement
- York City Knight’s Ashleigh Hyde gave birth seven weeks ago and is already back on a rugby pitch
- Ivory Coasts’ Andréa Dirabou Kouassi shares her journey in rugby
- England’s Jodie Ounsley is featured by Girls Rugby Club
- Harlequin’s Abbie Ward and husband Dave on a chance first meeting, practicing lineouts at home and their ‘dream partnership’
- Wales’ Teleri Wyn Davies reveals her complicated past with rugby and why she wants to play
- Ireland’s Ruth Wood-Martin shares how the evolution of performance nutrition within the IRFU’s high performance framework has accelerated
- Brian Moore enjoyed watching the Allianz Premier 15s semi-final more than the match between Toulouse and La Rochelle
Women’s Rugby Media/Podcasts/Videos
- Happiness is Egg Shaped talks with Scotland’s Christine Belisle about her performance in the Six Nations
- Fill Your Boots has Barkers Butts coaches Corrine & Emma on the great things going on at their club
- The Black Ferns share highlights from the first round of Trans-Tasman 7s
- Greaux Rugby Show chats with Karimah Prince of Prairie View A&M Rugby Women
- Women’s Rugby Pod covers the Allianz Premier 15s semi-finals
- The Loose Head wraps up their series talking with 18 rugby coaches
- Eagles Overseas has USA’s Naya Tapper on
- Try Hards talks Great Britain 7s and has tips on how to NOT be that wedding guest
- The Rugby Network features the Blood, Sweat & Beers Podcast
- The Womens Rugby Show also looks at the Allianz Premier 15s semi-finals
Both Harlequins and Saracens booked their places in the Allianz Premier 15s Final at Kingsholm next Sunday afternoon thanks to their wins over Wasps and Loughborough Lightning.
- Harlequins 25 Wasps 14
- Saracens 28 Loughborough 24
Border Ladies and DHL Western Province continued to stamp their authority in South Africa’s Premier Division on Saturday as they cruised to their third wins a row, while the Boland Dames registered their first victory of the season in an exciting third round.
Uganda was in camp in Jinja where they played a few 14 side matches as they transition from 10s to XVs.
“Our focus was to see where the girls are in their transition from the recently completed regional 10s format to 15s game of competition.”- Coach Leonard Lubambula
📅 Mark your calendars!— Black Ferns (@BlackFerns) May 17, 2021
We've got your #FarahPalmerCup draw 🤙🏽
The Dr Farah Palmer Cup presented by Bunnings Warehouse will kick off the provincial rugby season on July 16. The nine-week season will take on extra importance as players stake a claim for Black Ferns berths ahead of the much-anticipated Rugby World Cup 2021, delayed to 2022.
No information on this other than the poster, so if anyone can offer anything please do. For example, are these test matches? pic.twitter.com/ymBGiCil7l— Scrumqueens - Women’s Rugby (@ScrumQueens) May 19, 2021
Zambia will take part in a two nations Rugby Tournament dubbed Battle of the Zambezi tour to be staged in Harare, Zimbabwe. The tournament will run from June 2nd to 6th, 2021.
Scheduled to debut in the fall of 2021, Premier Rugby Sevens (PR7s) will showcase North America’s top male and female athletes through the highly entertaining sport of rugby sevens. The league will provide equal pay and high-performance access under one league umbrella and will adopt a touring format in cities across the United States and Canada.
New Zealand and Australia hosted a Trans-Tasman 7s clash over the weekend. New Zealand came out strong, taking four of the five matches. Round 2 to come!
Colombia was at Life University over the weekend playing in the annual Life U 7s tournament. Eight squads took part in the tournament, the Running Eagles hosting three of their own teams with Life Black, Life Green, and Just Tanks to go along with Lindenwood bringing a Gold and Black team, the Colombian Women’s National Team, Penn State, and a Life U alumni squad called the Fiesty Viejas.
Colombia captured the championship, going undefeated over the two days to edge out the varsity squads of both Lindenwood (LW) and Life U.
Spain continues their preparation for the 7s European Championship and held another camp over the weekend in Pepe Rojo, Valladolid.
Willie Stewart, a consultant neuropathologist, calls for action on potential links between concussion and dementia in women’s rugby.
“Research published recently demonstrated that where the rules are comparable – such as in football or rugby – female athletes are about twice the risk of concussion that male athletes are, for reasons that aren’t terribly clear.”
Six Nations Rugby today confirmed it has entered into exclusive discussions with BBC and ITV after an agreement in principle was reached relating to all three Six Nations Championships.#SixNationsRugby #GuinnessSixNationshttps://t.co/PBd57fdEyL— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) May 21, 2021
Six Nations Rugby today confirmed that it has entered into exclusive discussions with BBC and ITV after an agreement in principle was reached relating to all three Six Nations Championships (Men’s Guinness Six Nations, Women’s Six Nations and Men’s Under-20’s).
En ce #17mai, la FFR est honorée de valider l’inclusion des trans-identitaires de genre au sein de ses compétitions officielles à partir de la saison prochaine.— France Rugby (@FranceRugby) May 17, 2021
Il est important de permettre à tous nos licenciés de pratiquer leur passion dans le respect des droits de chacun :
France came out in support of transgender rugby players on World Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
“Rugby is an inclusive sport, of sharing, without distinction of sex, gender, origin, religion. The FFR is intractable against all forms of discrimination and works daily so that everyone can exercise their free will in rugby without constraint . Indeed, it is important to allow all of our licensees to practice their passion while respecting everyone’s rights. ” – Serge Simon, vice-president of the FFR
RELEASE: History made during this weekend's 2020 AGM, as Sally Dennis (@SallyCanRugby) becomes the first female Chair of Rugby Canada Board of Directors— Rugby Canada (@RugbyCanada) May 17, 2021
Read the full AGM update 👇 https://t.co/xbZrC6Yfgc
FR 👉 https://t.co/TxFVkZyIPM#RugbyCA 🏉🍁 pic.twitter.com/sTrqDgIB2G
Rugby Canada is proud to announce the re-election of Sally Dennis (Vancouver, BC) to its Board of Directors and her appointment as the first female Chair of the Board in Union history. She was vice-chair of the board during her previous term.
In addition to the new president, David Fortier (Toronto, ON), Isabelle Oliva (Montreal, QC) and Phil Otto (Halifax, NS) were elected as new members of the Rugby Canada board for a three-year term.
What’s it like having @Scotlandteam skipper @rach_malcolm as your landlady? @emmacwassell spills the beans ahead of @LightningRugby ‘s @Premier15s semifinal with @SaracensWomen this Saturday #wrugby https://t.co/YXPCfisZFd— Sara Orchard (@Sara_Orchard) May 20, 2021
“I couldn’t hear the slap of the ball hitting my hands, so it didn’t feel as if I was catching it”— Girls Rugby Club (@GirlsRugbyClub) May 20, 2021
GRC writer @stella_mills_ spoke to our newest advisory board member @_jodieounsley about her experiences playing for England & founding ‘Not Just Anyone’ https://t.co/vWkPFT3C4o pic.twitter.com/cvuFSH5euK
The inspirational woman who now plays for Wales eight years after her father died following a rugby injury https://t.co/pISPmqtvU6— WalesOnline Rugby (@WalesRugby) May 17, 2021
So much time for this 💪— The Rugby Network (@therugbynetwork) May 20, 2021
From the Blood, Sweat & Beers Podcast 🎧 @tami__mcqueen @KirsheBar @Nayatapper @EKANardini @barstoolsports @usmlr @NEFreeJacks @ilona_maher @AlenaOlsen @USARugby @Olympics @tokenCEO 🙌 pic.twitter.com/ekriDFqvVu
With the @Premier15s semi’s tomorrow, we thought we'd bring you a semi-final special of Player Previews.— The Womens Rugby Show (@WomensRugbyShow) May 21, 2021
Sam spoke to two Quins stars ahead of their game against Wasps, plus a player each from Sarries and L’boro.
Check it out on YouTube!#womensrugby https://t.co/OxrzNQRgym pic.twitter.com/SsyJ6WJCxA