Women’s Rugby in 60 secs – Nov 8-14

Welcome to the top women’s rugby news in under 60 seconds for Nov 8-14. We begin and end with Ireland. Anthony Eddy, the IRFU’s Director of Rugby held an interview where he spoke about the women’s failure to qualify for the 2021 Rugby World Cup. He pinned the fault directly on the players and he defended the systems the IRFU has in place. Very quickly former players spoke out against his comments and current players followed a few days later. Meanwhile, we await the results of the “independent” review. We’ll have to see if any of this negative press has an effect. If we look at history, it won’t…the IRFU will just wait for it to blow over. A light in the tunnel came at the end of the week when Ireland beat #7 ranked USA 20-10.

In XVs news, we look at the other seven International matches over the weekend, the standings for Hong Kong’s Premiership, the Allianz Cup and France’s Elite 1.

In 7s news, Brazil and Columbia qualified for the 2022 Rugby World Cup after placing first and second in the South American Championships. This is Brazil’s 20th title in a row and they remain the dominant team on the continent.

We close out the week with 15 features and 8 media.

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tl;dr: Women’s Rugby in 60 secs – Nov 8-14 begins with Ireland’s Anthony Eddy comments around the women failing to qualify for the 2021 Rugby World Cup and we look at the 8 International matches over the weekend.

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Ireland went through a tough week when Anthony Eddy, Ireland’s Director of Rugby defended his Union and pushed blame onto the players for not qualifying for the Rugby World Cup. First, former players spoke out against his comments and then current players also broke their silence. As Adrian Barry on the Off The Ball podcast said the IRFU need to “stop trying to manage the message and realize that the best thing to do is listen”.

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  • Ireland defeated USA 20-10 a huge turnaround from their losses in the Women’s Six Nations; this is the third loss in a row for the USA
  • Czechia defeated Switzerland 27-0 and they stand firm on top of the European Trophy with two remaining fixtures
  • Wales has won two in a row after defeating South Africa 29-19
  • France handed New Zealand their third loss 38-13
  • Zambia blasted Namibia 75-5 in the Africa Cup
  • Italy defeated Netherlands 41-0
  • England recorded their 17th win in a row after beating Canada 51-12
  • Scotland had a second-half performance to beat Japan 36-12


  • Societe Generale Valley continues to lead Hong Kong’s Premiership and is chased by DAC Kowloon, Natixis HKFC and Gai Wu Falcons
  • Harlequins, Exeter and Saracens recorded wins in the Allianz Cup
  • Massy Essonne leads France’s Elite 1 with Valence Romans Drome, Stade, and SC Albi


  • Andrey Kuzin stepped down from Russia and the interim coach is Aleksandr Alekseenko
  • Argentina’s women’s 7s team is now officially known as Las Yaguaretés; the name refers to the largest feline on the American continent
  • Brazil took home their 20th title at the South American Championships by defeating Colombia 36-5 and they qualified for the 2022 Rugby World Cup

Women’s Rugby Features

  • New Zealand’s Tiana Ngawati is only the second woman to referee a Bunnings NPC match
  • England’s Shaunagh Brown shares the progress of the game and the issues still facing the players around pregnancy and maternity leave
  • Former Wales international Rebecca Rowe to embark on epic skiing mission to inspire rugby’s next generation
  • The Roar’s Hugh (Hugh_96) comments how Australia is oddly absent from the Autumn Internationals
  • Clubmates Hannah Botterman and Alex Ellis meet on international stage
  • Canada shares a bit about their new Rugby Development Officers
  • Rugby Americas North profiles Vanessa Robertson of Nova Scotia
  • Canada’s Renee Gonzalez made her debut this past weekend
  • Former Captain of England Paula George is now helping Kiwi kids build their own resilience and happiness
  • BBC shares England Sadia Kabeya’s journey to the Red Rose
  • Canada’s Sophie de Goede was honored as U SPORTS women’s rugby Player of the Year Thursday, her second time
  • The World Rugby Museum shares the story of a group of women who formed the RFU’s ‘Women’s Rugby Union Association’
  • Rachel Steinberg spoke to England hooker Amy Cokayne ahead of this weekend’s test against Canada
  • New Zealand Rugby should take a leaf out of the thriving Red Roses’ playbook, writes Alice Soper for News Room
  • England’s Natasha Hunt shares how ‘commentating on England has been crazy – [and] shows how far women’s rugby has come’

 Women’s Rugby Media

  • Wales’ Hannah Jones comments on the recent contract announcement
  • Ireland’s Captain Ciara Griffin speaks with Sinead Kissane about recent comments by IRFU DOR
  • Adrian Ball of Off the Ball comments on a turbulent week for the Irish women
  • Meet Teani, World Rugby’s newest Youth Unstoppable
  • England’s Amy Cokayne breaks down why being a hooker is so unique
  • Try Hards releases another episode
  • Game on 2FM spoke with Ali Donnelly about the unrest in Ireland
  • Women’s Rugby Pod had Scrum Queens’ Ali Donnelly and Wale’s Kerin Lake on
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