Welcome to the top women’s rugby news for June 21-27. It was a huge week for 7s, the Black Ferns, USA, and Russia all took home trophies for Oceania 7s, Quest for Gold 7s and the Europe 7s Championships.
In more 7s news, Kenya was replaced by Mexico for the USA event and instead entered their Olympic pre-departure bubble. Reuters listed their five players to watch ahead of Tokyo and the list includes Australia’s Charlotte Caslick and New Zealand’s Portia Woodman among three other male athletes.
In XVs news, DHL Western continues at the top of South Africa’s Premier Division but there was movement in the middle of the table with EP Queens besting Boland for third this week, in Round 2 of Australia’s Super W, the Brumbies lead Pool A and Waratahs lead Pool B. The Walleroos also announced that their two-Test series against Samoa has been postponed due to travel restrictions for COVID.
In “Other News”, we look at what WRCRA coaches are reading this summer and we’re obsessed with the Telegraph’s new article with England’s Shaunagh Brown and Ugo Monye on why rugby must leave it’s past behind.
We close out the week with 6 features and 7 media.
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tl;dr: Under the Posts – Women’s Rugby News for Jun 21-27 begins with the Black Ferns winning the inaugural Oceania 7s, USA winning Quest for Gold 7s and Russia took home the Europe 7s Championships. Australia has announced that their two-Test XVs series has been cancelled due to travel restrictions for COVID.
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Top Women’s Rugby News
- The EP Queens have jumped to third in South Africa’s Premier Division while DHL Western still sits comfortably on top
- Round 2 of Australia’s Super W sees Brumbies and Waratahs on top of their pools
- Australia announced that their two-test series against Samoa has been postponed due to border restrictions
- Wales announces that their competitions will be played under modified Laws to reduce contact around the scrum and maul
- Ireland’s Energia AIL will kick off September 25th and has expanded to 10 teams!
- New Zealand took home the inagural Oceania 7s title
- Russia is the Moscow leg winners in the Rugby Europe 7s Championship
- USA went undefeated to win Quest for Gold 7s
- Kenya dropped out of Quest for Gold 7s and instead enters into a pre-departure bubble
- Rueters shares their five rugby players to watch in Tokyo
- WRCRA shares what their coaches are reading this summer
- England’s Shaunaugh Brown and Ugo Monye in a fascinating article about allyship and why rugby must leave its past behind
Women’s Rugby Features
- Fiji’s Tokasa Seniyasi shares why her team is fortunate to be playing at all
- USA’s Kristen Thomas writes a blog about their preparations for the Olympics and how important playing against another team is right now
- Canterbury’s Steph Te Ohaere-Fox returns to the Dr Farrah Palmer Cup
- Japan’s Chiharu Nakamura is looking forward to the women’s game being in the spotlight at the Tokyo Games
- Brazil’s Mariana Maine points to lack of female leaders in sports organizations
- Cooks Islands’ Daimzel Rongokea and Charlize Tumu-Makara want to play for New Zealand but first up is playing in the Dr Farah Palmer Cup for Otago
Women’s Rugby Media
- USA’s Kayla Cannett is hosted by Chasing Eagles
- Syria played against Lebanon last week and we’ve got the highlights!
- World Rugby shares a closer look at how Russia qualified for the Olympics
- Great Britain shares Mission Possible, Episode 12
- USA’s Alicia Washington and England’s Shaunaugh Brown are featured by World Rugby for their Women in Rugby campaign
- USA’s Lauren Doyle is featured by the Herald
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