Welcome to the top women’s rugby news for Nov 15-21. England retained the top spot in the rankings as they defeated USA 89-0, France handed New Zealand their fourth loss, 29-7, Canada defeated Wales 24-7 and Ireland narrowly beat Japan 15-12.
In more XVs news, the IRFU will not publish the findings of the two reviews they are conducting, Ali Donnelly writes about how the aura around New Zealand is gone, and the Wallaroos add Scott Fava as defence coach alongside Sunnybank coach Sione Fukofuka as attack coach.
In 7s news, Brazil and Colombia have qualified for the 2022 Rugby World Cup 7s, and Dubai announced their schedule for the first HSBC 7s Series stop.
In Other News, World Rugby announced the nominees for their 2021 Awards, Vickii Cornborough has been elected as the first female Rugby Players Association Vice Chair, and USA’s Jessica Watkins will become the first Black woman to complete a long-term stay on the International Space Station.
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tl;dr: Women’s Rugby Update for Nov 15-21 covers the 3 Internationals on the weekend, the IRFU will not release the results of their reviews publicly, Brazil and Colombia have qualified for the 2022 Rugby World Cup 7s, and Dubai announced their schedule for the first HSBC 7s Series stop.
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Reports into women's rugby will not be publicly published, confirms IRFU CEO:https://t.co/gDbVquOzXt— The42.ie (@The42_ie) November 16, 2021
Where next for New Zealand? @AliDonnelly gives her take on their difficult ongoing tour saying historical underinvestment has caught up with them (despite recent progress) & more worryingly for NZ - that the aura around the Black Ferns has gone. https://t.co/LpTZW50gUs pic.twitter.com/PH4FFeeE0d— Scrumqueens - Women’s Rugby (@ScrumQueens) November 17, 2021
** Announce Dubai Sevens pools and schedule **#HSBC7s— World Rugby Sevens (@WorldRugby7s) November 16, 2021
The Invitational schedule for all sports is now LIVE! Click the link below:https://t.co/HEpDeeXIDc— Emirates Dubai 7s (@Dubai7s) November 17, 2021
The World Rugby sevens series schedule for the 3rd & 4th of Decemeber will be live on the 28th of November.#Dubai7s #7sWillreturn #Rugby7s #Schedule pic.twitter.com/YqVQ1gNsnT
Hong Kong 7s - originally scheduled for 1-3 April - has been "rescheduled" to 4-6 November 2022 and will now open the 2023 Series. So after the two tournaments in Dubai there will only now be 4 more: Malaga & Seville (both Jan), Langford (April) & Toulouse (May).— Scrumqueens - Women’s Rugby (@ScrumQueens) November 16, 2021
On this day in 1985, the first semblance of a USA Women’s National Team was formed.— USA Rugby (@USARugby) November 16, 2021
The team was named WIVERN and toured throughout England and France. They finished the tour undefeated. pic.twitter.com/D6X2V5juRF
Strong interview on @RTEsport this eve with ex Irish skipper @CoghlanFiona who is critical of the flippancy of the @irishrugby CEO; says Anthony Eddy's remit is far too big & urges proper solutions to ongoing pathway problems in the women's game. https://t.co/SSKT6mn4Sx pic.twitter.com/RdodM1t8dD— Scrumqueens - Women’s Rugby (@ScrumQueens) November 15, 2021
“They are also showing us that we can achieve a lot in rugby when you really want it, they are kind of role models for us."— Rugby Europe (@rugby_europe) November 19, 2021
Wojciech Piotrowicz heaps praise on the women's @pzrugby team after their impressive results in 7s.
▶️ https://t.co/XB92kcZc8U pic.twitter.com/AEPxOHyp0Q
World Rugby’s cynical deflection over brain injuries is an insult to the players | Rugby union | The Guardian https://t.co/yC82Vvfn9R— Alix Popham (@AlixPopham) November 17, 2021
"In women’s sport we’re never happy to stand still, or we shouldn’t be.— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) November 17, 2021
"So we ask the question: where does the already successful @premier15s league go next?"@GiselleM18, @Joyapp9 and @DrAliBowes give their thoughts.
"The risk for women’s rugby, at international level, is that it becomes hopelessly lopsided. The concern for the Red Roses, therefore, is that their class and quality go underappreciated because they have so few challengers."— Ali Donnelly (@AliDonnelly) November 20, 2021
Good stuff from @owenslot https://t.co/ISp1gVZlG1
A bit ago The Gazz @gasbarnut12 spoke to Maria Thomas, President of Trinidad & Tobago Rugby Union. @ttrfu was looking toward post-pandemic training/return to play.— Rugby Hive Podcast (@rugbyhive) November 15, 2021
Our @MacDowellRugby headed down to offer some coaching wisdom
Read Maria’s wisdom here:https://t.co/cR4aykxM8v pic.twitter.com/Y0LTuce1Ig