Welcome to the top women’s rugby news in under 60 seconds for Oct 18-24. Japan has qualified for the 2021 Rugby World Cup after a revision to the Asia pathway. USA announced their interest in hosting the 2027, 2029 or 2031 Rugby World Cup while England also expressed interest in hosting in 2025.
This week we’re mourning the losses of USA’s Kathy Flores and Italy’s Adelina Corbanese. Both legends of the game that are gone too soon.
In more XVs news, France announced their squad ahead of Autumn Internationals and Ireland announced Greg McWilliams will take over for Adam Griggs after their fall matches. Speaking of the Irish, they also have given an update on their reviews into not qualifying for the 2021 Rugby World Cup and the changing room fiasco at the Interpros semi-finals a few weeks ago.
In 7s news, Australia has vacated both of their head coaching positions after disappointing performances at the Olympics and Canada has announced that Jack Hanratty is taking the reins of their program through the end of the year.
We close out the week with 15 features and 14 media.
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tl;dr: Women’s Rugby in 60 secs – Oct 18-24 sees Japan qualify for the 2021 Rugby World Cup after World Rugby confirmed a revision to the Asia qualification pathway, USA announced their interest in hosting the 2027, 2029 or 2031 Rugby World Cup while England has also expressed interest in 2025.
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Lots of huge news this week, World released their Mastercard Tournament Pass and it sold out in minutes! Japan has also qualified for the 2021 Rugby World Cup after the Asia qualification pathway received an adjustment.
As the highest ranked team in the region, Japan joins USA, Canada and recently qualified team Italy in Pool B. Kazakhstan and Hong Kong will compete in a play-off match to determine which team progresses to the Final Qualification Tournament.
In other big news, USA announced their interest in hosting the 2027, 2029 or 2031 Rugby World Cups. This is the first time a nation has bid on both the Men and Women’s World Cups. 28 cities have expressed interest in being involved.
Days later England also announced their interest in hosting the 2025 Rugby World Cup. Previously they hosted the very successful 2010 RWC and won it as recently as 2014.
Top Women’s Rugby Stories
- We released a list of all the known 2021 Women’s Rugby Internationals; we’ll keep adding matches as they come up!
- France revealed their squad ahead of matches against South Africa on November 6, New Zealand on November 13 and 20
- The IRFU provided an update on several reviews, the highlights are that they are just starting
- They also announced Adam Griggs is departing after Autumn internationals and will be replaced by Greg McWilliams
- Railway is still on top of Ireland’s AIL and continues to be pursued by Black Rock, Old Belvedere and UL Bohemian
- Wicklow made history against Malone on Saturday evening with their first ever All-Ireland League win
- Valence continues to lead France’s Elite 1 but Massy, Stade Olympique and SC Albi are only a few points behind
- Societe Generale Valley remains number one in Hong Kong’s Premiership
- Australia has concluded a review after a disappointing Olympics and has vacated both their men’s and women’s coaching roles
- Canada announced that Jack Hanratty is their interim coach through the end of 2021
- Italy’s Adelina Corbanese has passed; she was one of the pioneers of Italian women’s rugby who represented the national team between 1986 and 2003
- USA’s Kathy Flores has also passed and her rugby families at Brown University, Providence Women’s Rugby, Berkeley All Blues, Cal Berkeley Women’s Rugby Club, San Francisco Women’s Rugby, San Francisco Fog RFC, Pacific Coast All Star Rugby Team, USA Rugby, Florida State University and the U.S. Women’s Rugby Foundation are mourning her passing
Women’s Rugby Features
- South Africa’s Aimee Barrett-Theron has been likened to Nigel Owens after making humorous remarks on her Vodacom United Rugby Championship debut
- Canada’s Kayla Moleschi shares her Olympic experience
- Rachael Burford writes for Rugby Pass that “if we are framing the men’s game as a career pinnacle, we are also by default framing the women’s game as a steppingstone, which could have negative implications for its sustainability in the future”
- Wales releases a new “green” kit and their women will wear it for the first time when they take on Japan on November 7
- Australia’s Atasi Lafai is featured by Buildcorp
- Women’s Rugby Data shares a reflection from England’s Sally Jones following their Rugby World Cup win in 1994
- Wales’ Josh Adams believes his hot-footed Welsh counterpart Jasmine Joyce is the best women’s rugby player in the world
- Queensland will create a historic women’s Academy squad as they look for their first Super W title
- Ireland’s Lindsey Peat reveals that her last matches will more than likely come this fall
- Black Fern’s Liana Mikaele-Tu’u is just beginning her career with New Zealand and is relishing the chance to play in their 100th test match
- Gordon D’Arcy: Ireland women’s rugby must forge its own identity rather than follow men’s model
- Australia’s Emily Chancellor reflects back to 2018 when she first learned she would be suiting up against New Zealand, she couldn’t believe it
- Super Rugby Aupiki has the power to change attitudes, by showcasing a diverse range of female athletes’ body shapes and sizes
- Quinnipiac’s Becky Carlson pens a touching and thoughtful ode to Kathy Flores
Women’s Rugby Media
- England’s Ellie Kildunne looks forward to their coming matches in the Stoop
- House of Rugby features Ireland’s Lindsey Peat as their special guest
- Scotland’s Sarah law shares her stand-out memories from her journey so far
- England has recovered the 1994 Rugby World Cup trophy, it had been lost after a few tours
- Back The Girls chatted with Ty Francis about New York Welsh to sponsoring and supporting grassroots sports in Wales
- England’s Jodie Ounsley shares her story of playing elite rugby with a deaf disability
- Women’s Rugby Coaching talks with South Africa’s Lynne Cantwell
- World Rugby Museum looks at the first women to play rugby with Dr. Lydia Furse
- The Ruck has Jess Hayden on to round up all the latest women’s rugby news
- England’s Alex Matthews shares her memories of Sixways ahead of their clash against USA
- The Black Ferns crunch all the numbers ahead of their historic 100th test match and head coach Glenn Moore shares how their preparation is going
- England’s Maggie Alphonsi and Bristol’s Simi Pam talk about being trailblazers
- Canada’s Alysha Corrigan is celebrated by DHL Rugby as she plays for the Saracens
SOLD OUT! Mastercard RWC 2021 Tournament Pass has sold out in just minutes following incredible demand.— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 18, 2021
Opening Match Day Passes will be available on 1 November (NZST).
Ensure you receive up to date ticketing information: https://t.co/5hlkb1HPE0#RWC2021 #unstoppable pic.twitter.com/LCBeodRyz5
It's officially official.— USA Rugby (@USARugby) October 20, 2021
The United States launch its bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2027, 2029 and/or 2031. 🇺🇸https://t.co/NDweDZeUEV
RFU announces bid to host the @rugbyworldcup in 2025 🔖— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) October 22, 2021
England last hosted the women’s competition in 2010.
Find out more on our website ⬇️
Greg McWilliams to become Ireland Women's head coach with Adam Griggs departing role after November internationalshttps://t.co/PhAC1Z4tNp— Rúaidhrí O'Connor (@RuaidhriOC) October 20, 2021
Big kudos to the undefeated league leader @SGValleyRFC as they hit @SCAACausewayBay with a convincing 54-0 win in today’s Dettol Hong Kong Women’s Premiership!#hkrugby #ProtectTheBestMoments #AGameForAll pic.twitter.com/USr2oi3uv5— HKRU (@HongKongRugby) October 16, 2021
Sad news coming out of Italy tonight as the FIR announce the passing of Adelina Corbanese, one of the pioneers of Italian women's rugby who represented the national team between 1986 and 2003. She was 55. Pic @Federugby pic.twitter.com/RAB9SOxHAO— Mark Palmer (@MarkPalmerST) October 20, 2021
South African referee Aimee Barrett-Theron has been likened to Nigel Owens after making a couple of humorous remarks on her Vodacom United Rugby Championship debut this weekend. https://t.co/EIdg7z5MYZ— SA Rugby magazine (@SARugbymag) October 18, 2021
'If we are framing the men’s game as a career pinnacle, we are also by default framing the women’s game as a stepping stone.'— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) October 20, 2021
✍️Read @RachaelBurf12 's latest column ⬇️
Not a match report per se, but a great 'post win' reflection from Sally Jones here, following England's RWC Win in 1994:https://t.co/CclQy7bRPM— Women's Rugby Data #WRD (@womensrugbydata) October 22, 2021
Reading this, it's hard to imagine this was 27 years ago as a lot of the observations still ring true today. pic.twitter.com/nzNSxxB6FU
In her day job she's an angel to troubled kids. She's already made rugby history, as half of the 1st sister-brother duo in @SuperRugbyNZ. Now teen Liana Mikaele-Tu'u is just beginning her career with the @BlackFerns, preparing for their 100th test match.https://t.co/GfnuaQrW27— Suzanne McFadden (@suzemcfadden) October 18, 2021
Asked Josh Adams about support for Wales Women this week.— Katie Sands (@KESands) October 22, 2021
He said Jasmine Joyce is the best player in the world in women's rugby.
'It’s vitally important that we as a male senior team support the women.'https://t.co/n0EM4EdFia
The women’s game needs support, but it also needs a critical examination of what is working and where it can be improved, to forge a distinct identity rather than simply follow the men’s model.https://t.co/r28BzZhYys via @IrishTimesSport— Irish Times Sport (@IrishTimesSport) October 20, 2021
THE GOLDEN THREADS: Great things take time - Rupert Guiness speaks with Wallaroo flanker Emily Chancellor who took some convincing that she had made the Test team to play the Black Ferns in August, 2018 https://t.co/8R4UK6fSLM pic.twitter.com/fuWQuZ9HYJ— YSCRugby - Women's Rugby 🏉🏳️⚧️✊ (@yscrugby) October 20, 2021
The new Super Rugby Aupiki has the power to change attitudes, by showcasing a diverse range of female athletes' body shapes and sizes for young women to see, writes Erin Roxburgh-Makea and Jean Kozyniak. @WISPAotearoa@BlackFerns @SuperRugbyNZ #aupikihttps://t.co/Ro8NCGNWQU— Suzanne McFadden (@suzemcfadden) October 21, 2021
"If you are one of the many who loved or were inspired by Kathy and are stunned by this loss, you are not alone. I'm not sure how any of us can truly reconcile the death of a colleague, a friend and a legend all in one." https://t.co/E0GL0o0e6x @ncaarugby @BrownWRFC— HerRugbyCounts (@HerRugbyCounts) October 22, 2021
After 15 years it's finally been found!— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) October 21, 2021
The story of how the first women's Rugby World Cup trophy was found 🏆 pic.twitter.com/dAY2PYY9Ff
In Episode 8 we chat about the ambitions of @NewYorkWelsh, spearheaded by Pembroke native @tyfrancis, to sponsor and support grassroots sports here in Wales— #BackTheGirls Podcast (@BackTheGirlsPod) October 22, 2021
They’ve already provided 300+ girls with playing kit, and they’ve got bigger ambitions!
Follow along and #BackTheGirls https://t.co/5AxBzAfioj
𝗘𝗻𝗴𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗠𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 🏴 | 𝗘𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗲 𝟮— Worcester Warriors Women (@WorcsWarriorsW) October 18, 2021
Sixways is the venue for England vs @USARugby on Sun 21 Nov (2.45pm).
Our very own Red Roses back-row @AlexMatthews03 shares her @EnglandRugby memories.
📲 Tickets 👉 https://t.co/T0nHIV2sjt#WorcestershireHour pic.twitter.com/AqOAOwoC0r
🎙️ The Ruck podcast 🎙️— Times Sport (@TimesSport) October 19, 2021
🗣️ @AlexMLowe, @SBarnesRugby and @AlanDymock react to Eddie Jones's England squad for the autumn internationals, including some surprise selections.
🗣️ @_JessHayden rounds up the latest from the women's game. https://t.co/IYw8IimYmH
Who were the first women to play rugby? 🤔— World Rugby Museum (@wrugbymuseum) October 21, 2021
In this clip from our new School Of Ruck resources, Dr @LydzFursey tells us about 2 candidates from 1877!
Watch the full video here ➡️ https://t.co/S8vp3x132a
Download all the #SchoolOfRuck resources here ➡️ https://t.co/TC5KHhI7jV pic.twitter.com/1pDYSlZbM6
COACHES CHAT 💬 | Hear from head coach, Glenn Moore about the Black Ferns’ first few days on the ground in England and what’s in store for the team this weekend.#BlackFerns100 #LoveEveryMinute pic.twitter.com/NldsNDpBmV— Black Ferns (@BlackFerns) October 20, 2021
Help us celebrate Canadians playing rugby all over the world! 🍁 This week, we get to know Alysha Corrigan from @SaracensWomen RFC! 🏉— Rugby Canada (@RugbyCanada) October 22, 2021
This is @DHLRugby Celebrates Canadians! 🌎 pic.twitter.com/u6jlc3BwQ6