Welcome to the top women’s rugby news for Aug 23-29. Colombia defeated Kenya in a very tight affair 16-15 and moves on to the Final Qualifier Tournament ahead of the 2021 Rugby World Cup, the Barbarians will be back to face South Africa on November 27 at Twickenham, Munster is top of Ireland’s Interprovincial competition and the Black Ferns 7s say goodbye to Alan Bunting and promote Cory Sweeney.
In more XVs news, Allianz Premier 15s will stream all of their opening matches and have committed to another two every weekend. The Dr Farah Palmer Cup was cancelled for the second week in a row and some Australia 7s and XVs players have been offered contracts to play in this season’s National Rugby League competition. The Wallaroos have been without a XVs test since early 2019 and players fear that they won’t be prepared for the 2021 Rugby World Cup.
We close out the week with 13 player features and 7 media.
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tl;dr: Under the Posts – Women’s Rugby News for Aug 23-29. Colombia defeated Kenya 16-15 to keep their hopes alive for the 2021 Rugby World Cup, the Barbarians are back, facing South Africa on November 27 at Twickenham, Munster is top of Ireland’s Interprovincial competition, Black Ferns 7s say goodbye to Alan Bunting and promote Cory Sweeney.
Top Women’s Rugby News
- Colombia defeated Kenya 16-15 to keep their hopes alive for the 2021 Rugby World Cup. Colombia now moves on to the Final Qualification Tournament, details of that TBD.
- Barbarian Women are part of a double header on November 27, the men will play Samoa while the women will face South Africa
- Ireland’s Interprovincials kicked off with wins by Munster and Leinster
- Allianz Premer 15s will broadcast all five matches from the opening round followed by two fixtures per round for the remainder of the 2021/22 season
- New Zealand cancels all rugby for the second week, including the Dr Farah Palmer Cup
- Black Ferns co-coach Alan Bunting is stepping down and will be replaced by Cory Sweeney
- Some Australia 7s and XVs players have been offered contracts to play in this season’s NRLW competition
Women’s Rugby Features
- Colombia’s Maria Arzuaga scored all of her side’s points as they beat Kenya 16-15. This is their first test in nearly 18 months and the win secure them a place at the Final Qualification Tournament
- South Africa’s Eloise Webb recounts her teams matches against Kenya
- New Zealand’s Kendra Cocksedge, Eloise Blackwell and Ruahei Demant share what it takes to become a Black Fern
- USA’s Lauren Doyle reflects on her Olympic experience
- Ireland’s Linda Djougang will move to full-time professional rugby in France next year to play with ASM Romagnat
- Ireland’s Fiona Coghlan and England’s Rocky Clark have welcomed the news that the Barbarian Women are set to return to action at Twickenham Stadium later this year
- Stella Mills peels back the layers of semi-professional rugby for RugbyPass
- England’s Ugo Monye has been added to the Board of Trustees for the Women’s Sport Trust (WST)
- Canada’s Robin MacDowell shares his journey to building the MacDowell Rugby Academy
- Fiji’s players have been approached for rugby contracts overseas after their Olympic Games rugby bronze medal win in Japan
- WRCRA’s Kerri Heffernan writes about equity in sports and how rugby is behind the curveball
- Ireland’s Ciara Griffin is determined that Ireland will be “faster and fitter” than they were in the Six Nations for next month’s Rugby World Cup qualifiers
Women’s Rugby Media
- Ireland launches their Interprovincial series
- GrassRoots Women’s Rugby releases their first episode
- USA’s Naya Tapper is featured by WTOC11
- Worcester Warriors newest recruit Minori Yamamoto shares her first experiences with the team
- Good Things Guy features Marketing and Communications Director at Mastercard Southern Africa Kamini Redhi and South Africa’s Piwokuhle Nyanda
- Highlights from Colombia and Kenya’s repechage Rugby World Cup qualifier
- England’s Sarah Hunter tells what rugby means to her
Hard fighting Lionesses narrowly lose to Colombia https://t.co/i7rFgFBqxO— Kenya Rugby (@OfficialKRU) August 25, 2021
'Moving to France is natural for me' - Spoke to Linda Djougang about a range of topics, full interview in tomorrow's @IndoSport, but here's her initial thoughts on moving to Clermont after the RWC qualifiershttps://t.co/YuXbtEE3cw— Rúaidhrí O'Connor (@RuaidhriOC) August 27, 2021
#NothingLikeIt @VodafoneIreland— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) August 23, 2021
Women’s Interprovincial Championship Launched. 'There's a real energy and excitement' with matches live on TG4 and BBCiPlayer for the first time.#TeamOfUs pic.twitter.com/NQQHj3WoRa
Well here we go, Twitter! Here's episode 1.— GrassRoots Women's Rugby Pod (@gr_rugbypod) August 25, 2021
Looking towards the new season, shower etiquette and Mollie (not Molly) nearly kills a ref. Oh and ChezSez.... #rugby #womensrugby @Castbox_fm pic.twitter.com/JGrsoDNVgj