Women’s Rugby in 60 secs – Nov 1-7

Welcome to the top women’s rugby news in under 60 seconds for Nov 1-7. We begin with all the scores from the Autumn International matches over the weekend and Wales in a surprise announcement is investing more than $2.5 million dollars in contracting up to 25 players. 10 players will become “professional” and the rest will be on “retained” contracts. This is an incredibly exciting step forward for the Welsh women’s rugby program but “professional” will have to be defined as we know it can mean many things.

In 7s news, Ireland announced a new Head Coach, Asia released the schedule for the 2021 Dialog 7s on November 19 which also serves as a 2022 Rugby World Cup Qualifier and Dubai announced all the teams attending their HSBC 7s Series leg on Dec 4-5.

In domestic XVs news, we have all the action from Hong Kong’s Premiership, the Allianz Premier 15s Cup, and Ireland’s AIL.

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tl;dr: Women’s Rugby in 60 secs – Nov 1-7 has all the scores from the weekend’s Autumn Internationals, Wales is investing more than $2.5 million in 25 player contracts and Dubai announced the attending teams for the first stop of the 2022 HSBC 7s Series.

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  • USA and Canada played in the first Pacific Four Series, Canada won both matches, 15-9 and 26-13
  • In the European Trophy, Czechia won easily over Finland 39-12; 3 matches remain
  • Netherlands defeated Belgium 44-0
  • France blasted South Africa 46-3
  • England moved into the #1 spot in the World Rugby ranking as they beat New Zealand 56-15
  • Wales breezed past Japan 23-5
  • Wales also announced they are investing $2.5 million into contracting up to 25 players!


  • Societe Generale Valley continues to lead Hong Kong’s Premiership
  • Round 2 of the Allianz Premier 15s Cup saw winners Saracens, Exeter, Bristol and Harlequins
  • Old Belvedere and UL Bohemian are tied at the top of Ireland’s AIL and they are followed closely by Railway and Blackrock
  • Valence Romans Drome is now leading France’s Elite 1 but is chased by Massy Essonne and Stade


  • Asia’s Dialog 7s is also a 2022 Rugby World Cup Qualifier and Pool A will include Japan, Kazakhstan, Thailand and the Philippines while Pool B features China, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and Malaysia
  • The first 2022 HSBC 7s Series stop in Dubai on Dec 4-5 will see Great Britain, Spain, USA, Fiji, France, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Russia and Ireland
  • Ireland announced Aiden McNulty as their head coach ahead of the 2022 HSBC 7s Series

Women’s Rugby Features

  • Bristol’s Dave Ward shares how he has shifted his side from under achievers to winners
  • World Rugby caught up with Katie Sadleir on her final day as World Rugby’s General Manager of Women’s Rugby
  • Anna Caplice writes for Balls IE that fans should take down their blinders and embrace women’s sports
  • Elin is a World Rugby Youth Unstoppable and she shares how she fell in love with rugby
  • Scrum Queens put out a great interview with England’s Abby Dow
  • New Zealand’s Alice Soper urges us all to become activists for our sport
  • Canada and Rugby Americas North profile Quebec’s Claudie Noël and her journey
  • World Rugby spoke with USA’s Jamie Burke and current Women’s Eagles coach Rob Cain about the Kathy Flores the trailblazer and her impact
  • South Africa’s Zintle Mpupha has been playing in England and she’s ready to share that experience with her national team
  • Italy’s Fracesca Gallina is the new Chairperson of Rugby Europe’s Women’s Sub-Committee and she is determined that the knowledge and expertise of former female players is retained within the game
  • For two years, Adam Julian tried to track down wily Black Fern No.2, Miriama Baker, for the Black Ferns A-Z encyclopedia and now we have her story
  • Samoa’s Maria Kalapu is highlighted by WRCRA as the November 2021 Coach of the Month

Women’s Rugby Media

  • Ireland’s Aoife Doyle shares What Makes [her] Tick with Stephan Bradshaw
  • Wales’ Liliana Podpadec is hoping to make her whole family proud this autumn
  • Barbarian’s Team Co-ordinator Fiona Stockley talks with Anything but Footy about breaking through in a male dominated sport
  • Wales releases vintage footage of “Cup Tonight” including Non Evans and mates
  • Wales’ Nigel Walker shares their “commitment to making [Wales] the best professional women’s program in the world”
    • Captain Siwan Lillicrap credits the players “for being brave and saying what we want for the future and look where we are today”
  • England features Poppy Cleal is on O2 Inside Line
  • Ireland reveals fresh kit and it will be debuted against USA and Japan
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