Under the Posts – Women’s Rugby News for Aug 2-15

Welcome to the top women’s rugby news for Aug 2-15! We begin with big news that HSBC 7s has been reduced to two stops and we now know the dates for the rescheduled Rugby World Cup 2021 Europe qualifier.

In XVs news, South Africa blasted Kenya 66-0 in their first of two matches, France announced fall matches against South Africa and New Zealand, England has a new forwards coach in Louis Deacon, Canada holds a top 50 camp in Nova Scotia, Manawatu leads the Championship in the Dr Farah Palmer Cup while Canterbury is on top in the Premiership and Allianz Premier 15s kicks off again September 4.

In 7s news, Canada breaks their silence on the resignation of John Tait and removal of Jamie Cudmore and their poor performance at the Olympics, Great Britain‘s Scott Forrest laments his squads miss at a bronze medal and USA‘s Chris Brown steps down.

We wrap up the week with 2 article in Other News, 17 features and 10 media.

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tl;dr: World Rugby announced an updated schedule for HSBC 7s and the rescheduled Rugby World Cup 2021 Europe Qualifier.

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World Rugby has announced an updated HSBC 7s schedule. Hong Kong and Paris are out. The women will only have what they’re calling “fast-four” tournaments in Canada, with Vancouver on September 18-19 followed by Edmonton on September 25-26. Seems like a fancy way of trying to say that there will only be two women’s events.

We also now know the dates for the rescheduled Rugby World Cup 2021 Europe qualifier. Italy will host on September 13, 19 and 25, 2021. The winner of the RWC 2021 Europe Qualifier will secure a place at Rugby World Cup 2021 tournament. Italy will compete against Ireland, Scotland and the winners of Rugby Europe’s Women’s Championship 2020, Spain, in a round robin format. The top team will book a spot in Group B at Rugby World Cup 2021 and the runner up will enter the Final Qualification Tournament.

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  • South Africa dispatched Kenya 66-0 in their first meeting
  • France announced matches against South Africa and New Zealand in November
  • England announced Louis Deacon as a forwards coach
  • Canada welcomed 50 athlete’s to a RWC prep camp in Halifax
  • Manawatu leads the Championship in the Dr Farah Palmer Cup while Canterbury is ruling the Premiership
  • Allianz Premier 15s announced fixtures starting in early September


  • Canada CEO believes they can turn the corner after Tait and Cudmore departures
  • Great Britain’s Scott Forrest is sour that his squad missed out on a bronze medal
  • USA’s Chris Brown has stepped down

Other News

  • Hutt’s Danica Tavite has had four concussion in five years and Clinical Nurse Doug King has just published research that suggests New Zealand guidelines don’t account for women’s average recovery time
  • We paused our social media to honor and celebrate one of our earliest fans, Kandis Ruiz

Women’s Rugby Features

  • South Africa’s Babalwa Latsha has been announced as the latest Laureus Sport for Good Foundation ambassador
  • U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Sahtara Wehe is honored to have received the Lt. Col. Nikki Jansen Leadership Award
  • Cape Town’s Zola Nondwayi is the only female in her community to have taken up rugby
  • USA’s Lauren Doyle is featured by her alma mater Eastern Illinois University
  • Canada’s Olivia Apps speaks about her experience at the Olympics and the issues around Tait and Cudmore
  • Scrum Queens unravels why New Zealand is so good by talking with England 7s player Rachael Burford, current Spanish star Patricia Garcia, former Black Fern Honey Hireme and assistant coach and head of performance of the Russian women’s team, Graham Bentz
  • USA’s Ilona Maher on her social media fandom and the Olympics
  • Kenya’s Felix Oloo paid tribute to his side following their 10th place finish at the Olympics
  • Wales’ Sam Warburton comes out in support of a Lions tour for women
  • Fiji’s Sesenieli Donu shares her bronze medal with her village
  • New Zealand’s Ruby Tui shares her journey to the top
  • Fiji’s Aloesi Naikodravi Nakoci tells her she helped her team get the bronze
  • Cooks Island’s Ashleigh Wihongi-Willis says, that her Union has been neglected for too long, and she is looking to address that – with World Rugby’s help
  • NZ Stuff’s Paul Cully shares why the Dr Farah Palmer Cup is better than the Irish Lions series
  • Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama believes the historic bronze medal achievement by the Fijiana has set a precedent that young girls in Fiji will now wish to emulate
  • New Zealand’s Les Elder talks about changing behaviors around the focus on winning
  • USA’s Nicole Heavirland is featured by White Fish Pilot
  • Spain’s Patricia Garcia reflects on the importance of the Olympics

Women’s Rugby Media

  • USA’s Ilona Maher and Abby Gustaitis are featured by NBC Olympics
  • Munster U18 Women are featured ahead of the start of Interpros later this month
  • Round four highlights of the Dr Farah Palmer Cup
  • Great Britain’s Celia Quansah discusses her experiences with race, gender and sexuality within rugby and how she hopes to inspire the next generation
  • Women’s Rugby Show releases Part 1 & 2 focusing on what a British and Irish Lionesses tour could look like in their ‘Lions Special’
  • New Zealand’s Ruby Tui spoke with Tim McDoald on Cheap Seats AU
  • Women’s Rugby Pod continued their Tokyo 2020 mini-series
  • USA’s Kathryn Treder shares her story growing up in Alaska and how her family is everything
  • New Zealand’s Ruby Tui covers Snoop Dog’s comments around their celebratory haka after winning Gold
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