Welcome to the top women’s rugby news in for Sep 27-Oct 3. World Rugby has confirmed a new cross-regional XVs tournament between Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand, called the Pacific Four Series, and we now know the finalists for the Dr Farah Palmer Cup Premiership and Championship.
In more International XVs news, South Africa has named their squad ahead of matches against France and the Barbarians in early November, speaking of the Barbarians they have announced that Jo Yapp and Rachel Taylor have returned as coaches and Scotland will host Japan on November 14.
In domestic XVs news, the Dr Farah Palmer Cup Premiership will see Canterbury host Waikato and in the Championship Hawke’s Bay will travel to Manawatū, we also look at round 4 of Allianz Premier 15s, round 2 of Ireland’s AIL, France’s Elite 1, Scotland’s Tennent’s Premiership and round 3 of Hong Kong’s Premiership.
We close out the week with a jam packed 22 features and 14 media.
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tl;dr: Under the Posts – Women’s Rugby News for Sep 27-Oct 3 starts with World Rugby confirming a new Pacific Four Series, a cross-regional XVs tournament between Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand and we know the finalists for the Dr Farah Palmer Cup Premiership and Championship.
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Top Women’s Rugby News
- World Rugby confirmed a new annual Pacific Four Series to kick-off in 2021 with Canada and USA competing; Australia and New Zealand to join from 2022
- Springbok Women’s coach Stanley Raubenheimer has included experienced campaigners Nolusindiso Booi, Babalwa Latsha and Tayla Kinsey, who missed out on the Tests against Kenya earlier this year, in a squad of 33 players for the South Africans’ first overseas tour in four years
- Barbarians FC announced that Jo Yapp and Rachel Taylor return as coaches
- Scotland will play in front of a home crowd for the first time in two years on November 14 at Edinburgh Rugby’s new DAM Health Stadium against Japan
- Defending champions Canterbury will host Waikato in the Premiership section after beating Wellington 26-10 on Saturday while Hawke’s Bay will travel to Manawatū for the Championship final after a 27-26 win over Northland on Friday
- Bristol and Saracens remain locked in first and second in Allianz Premier 15s while Harlequins and Exeter follow closely
- Societe Generale Valley jumps to the top of the table in Hong Kong’s Premiership followed by Natixis HKFC Ice and Kroll USRC Tigers Ladies
- Railway Union, Old Belvedere and UL Bohemian are in the top three spots of Ireland’s AIL followed by Blackrock College, Cooke and Malone
- Corstorphine still leads Scotland’s Tennent’s Premiership and is chased by Hillhead Jordanhill and Stirling County
- WRCRA has extended the deadline for their 15 Under 30 Award until October 15, 2021
Women’s Rugby Features
- After shock loss in the 2021 Rugby World Cup European Qualifiers, everyone wrote articles including:
- Ruaidhri O’Connor writes for Independent that the IRFU has to share the blame
- O’Connor also spoke with former Ireland international Grace Davitt who called for a transparent review
- Murray Kinsella agrees that the IRFU must “be brutally self-critical” for The42
- Philip Doyle shares with BBC Sport that the IRFU must separate out XVs and 7s
- Mario Bowden with OTBSports spoke with former Ireland 15s and 7s player Alison Miller about the need to reassess the IFRU’s strategy for growing women’s rugby in Ireland
- Scotland’s Bryan Easson and captain Rachel Malcolm were in flying form in their post-match press conference after defeating Ireland
- Egypt’s Sanaa Barakat s leading the way for others through her die-hard passion for rugby as a Rugby Africa Unstoppable
- USA’s Ilona Maher bares all and how she’s lost motivation following the Olympics
- England’s Eleanor Wilkinson has been recognized by her county for the enormous contribution she’s made to girls’ rugby
- England’s Emily Scarratt will miss the 2021 Rugby World Cup (to be played in 2022) after breaking her leg in September
- Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) performance director Nigel Walker aims to fix mistakes in women’s game
- Scotland’s Louise Dalgliesh is revelling in her role as backs and attack coach with the Japan women’s 15s team
- Wales’ Siwan Lillicrap is loving life as part of the table-topping Bristol Bears team in the Allianz Premier 15s
- France’s Aurélie Groizeleau signed a semi-professional contract with the Fédération Française de Rugby in September and dreams of officiating at Rugby World Cup 2021
- Rugby Americas North Erin Kennedy answers all the questions
- Indian rugby takes baby steps towards becoming a pro sport
- The World Rugby Museum has shared new educational resources focused on the heritage of women’s rugby
- Stella Mills carries on the story around Wales’ Jasmine Joyce and her struggle to become professional
- Talking Rugby Union profiles Wasps’ Giselle Mather as they play in Allianz Premier 15s
Women’s Rugby Media
- Virgin Media News talks with 2013 Grand Slam winner Grace Davitt about the IRFU’s failures
- France’s Marjorie Mayans accepted the the title of best French international player and you won’t want to miss her acceptance speech
- Ireland’s Fiona Hayes speaks with RTE Rugby about selection decisions
- England’s Sara Cox is interviewed by BBC Sport after becoming the first female to referee a Premiership match
- Scotland’s Emma Wassell and team manager, Ellen Dickson look back on their massive win over Ireland
- Women’s Rugby Pod talked with Scotland’s Emma Wassell on the kick that put them into the Final Qualification Tournament
- England’s Natasha Hunt shares her #JerseyTales
- Ireland’s Fiona Coghlan discusses the lack of a pathway for female rugby players in Ireland with Off the Ball
- Barbardos’ Get Into Rugby Programme has launched a new promotional video aimed at getting girls into the game titled ‘Try Like a Girl’
- France’s Baptiste Serin and Marine Ménager share what a day of rehab looks like
- Wales’ Siwan Lillicrap says Wales players have accepted an apology from Welsh Rugby bosses after the Union acknowledged they have made mistakes in the women’s game
- Greaux Rugby Show: Developing Rugby (part 2) ft Amelia Luciano, Farrah Douglas, Blaine Scully, Ram Eddings, Kyle & Tiana Granby
What an epic game! A strong @SGValleyRFC snatched a narrow 15-14 win over the host @USRCtigersrugby today, making them the only undeafted team so far in Dettol Hong Kong Women’s Premiership.#hkrugby #ProtectTheBestMoments #AGameForAll pic.twitter.com/YPA44eTaUi— HKRU (@HongKongRugby) October 2, 2021
Ireland's players know they underperformed as they missed their RWC goal & will live with it for a long time, but will the IRFU feel the same way and how will the two men in charge of their performance be held to account for missing another KPI target?https://t.co/aPZAnu6wOh— Rúaidhrí O'Connor (@RuaidhriOC) September 27, 2021
The IRFU's review into Ireland's failure to qualify for the World Cup must be self-critical and extend well beyond the actual national team's performances.— Murray Kinsella (@Murray_Kinsella) September 27, 2021
Harnessing the potential of the domestic game feels essential in rebuilding from this low point.https://t.co/MhwKNJQ7uL
Spoke to former Ireland centre Grace Davitt about the IRFU's review into the women's World Cup qualifying performance and the need for transparencyhttps://t.co/ZQykDvMdKV— Rúaidhrí O'Connor (@RuaidhriOC) September 30, 2021
No holding back from Alison Miller here... | ⬇️⬇️https://t.co/nwljMth6v0— Off The Ball (@offtheball) October 3, 2021
"My favorite memories and the biggest wins are connecting with my teammates and helping new players fall in love with the game."— RugbyAmericasNorth (@RugbyAmericasN) September 29, 2021
Read the full Q & A with RAN's Regional Development Manager Erin Kennedy👇https://t.co/nfrH5SUHoy #RANRugby @GirlsRugbyInc #WomenInRugby pic.twitter.com/Zq6cuMtn5g
Must read article giving more background to the story of @RugbyIndia ensuring that no player on the national team is out of pocket. Great example of what a union with limited resources is achieving given vision and ambition. https://t.co/KmsJEy6tbg— Scrumqueens - Women’s Rugby (@ScrumQueens) September 29, 2021
With one year to go until #RWC2021 we're excited to share these new educational resources created with @wrugbymuseum focused on the heritage of women's rugby https://t.co/k29K1zBkht #NSHD2021 @DerekJPeaple pic.twitter.com/jLl4RMmj37— Sporting Heritage (@sportinghistory) September 30, 2021
The IRFU confirm review will be done after Ireland failed to qualify for next year's World Cup.— Sinéad Kissane (@sineadkissane) September 27, 2021
2013 Grand Slam winner Grace Davitt believes review should be published. She fears the issues facing women's game could be swept under carpet.
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'Absolutely baffled' - @fihayes27 was not impressed by some of the selection decisions make by Ireland in the Parma round-robin - this and more on the latest #RTERugby podcast #RTESport https://t.co/1TSzTqcZVe pic.twitter.com/zWpxeVrlIh— RTÉ Rugby (@RTErugby) September 29, 2021
History maker ✅— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) September 30, 2021
Sara Cox became the first woman to referee a Premiership rugby game at the weekend.
It's a moment she won't forget in a hurry!#bbcrugby
"By far, that was the best rugby memory I have and I think that will be the way for a long time."— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) October 3, 2021
In this week's podcast, @emmacwassell talks about reaching 50th consecutive appearances for Scotland.
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