Women’s Rugby Update – Nov 29-Dec 5

Welcome to the top women’s rugby update for Nov 29-Dec 5. We learned the next steps for the World Rugby Women’s Rugby Development & Strategic Plan, Six Nations announced their 2022 fixtures and broadcast coverage, Portugal returned to test rugby after 26 years and Australia won the second leg of Dubai 7s.

In more XVs news, Liza Burgess has been appointed as an age grade coach by Wales, World Rugby is allowing community law variations for domestic rugby, we have all the action from Allianz Premier 15s, Elite 1, Ireland’s AIL, USA Rugby’s CRRA and ACRA as well as NCR’s Small College and D1 National Championships.

In more 7s news, we learned the pools ahead of Malaga 7s, and Wales appoints Richie Pugh as Head of 7s.

We close out the week with 9 features and 7 media.

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tl;dr: Women’s Rugby Update – Nov 29-Dec 5 includes a look at the newly updated World Rugby Women’s Rugby Development & Strategic Plan, the Six Nations are moving to a dedicated window and Australia won the second leg of Dubai 7s.



  • World Rugby has announced that it will increase the pace of women’s rugby development through the second phase of its 2017-25 strategic plan
  • The 2022 Women’s Six Nations moves to it’s own dedicated window in March and April; all matches will be shown in the UK, Ireland and Italy with others available in Italy and France as well
  • Portugal returned to test rugby after 26 years and defeated Belgium 10-8
  • Liza Burgess and Byron Hayward are appointed lead age grade coaches for Wales


  • World Rugby announces optional community law variations for national member unions
  • Saracens and Bristol faced off for the top spot in the Allianz Premier standings and Saracens won 17-12; Harlequins remain in third with Exeter and Wasps close behind
  • Railway continues to lead Ireland’s AIL UL Bohemian, Blackrock and Old Belvedere still in the hunt
  • Navy defeated Davenport 20-12 for the 2021 CRAA Fall Women’s D1 Championship
  • Vassar beat Temple 74-5 for for the 2021 ACRA Fall Women’s D2 Championship
  • Life defeated UNI 87-3 for the 2021 NCR Division I National Championship
  • Wayne State beat SUNY Cortland 72-10 for the 2021 NCR Small College Championship
  • Pacific NW Selects took home the 2021 Mary Graham All Stars trophy after defeating the Texas Rugby Union 31-27
  • Melbourne Rebels Super W players will receive payment for the upcoming 2022 season in a first for the Super W competition
  • Fiji’s John O’Connor, has confirmed the introduction of a separate women’s competition next year to promote and enhance the sport among females in the country


  • Australia took home a back-to-back title in Dubai as they beat Fiji once again in the Cup final, this time by a score of 15-5
    • The bronze match was also a repeat performance with France outlasting Russia 28-5
    • USA edged out Spain 7-5 for fifth
    • Ireland defeated Canada 26-12 to end up in seventh
    • Brazil finished ninth with a 26-24 victory over Great Britain
  • 7s takes a break until January 21-23 when the women and men play again Malaga, Spain
    • Pool A: Australia, Spain, Ireland, Poland
    • Pool B: Fiji, USA, Canada, New Zealand
    • Pool C: France, Russia, Brazil, England
  • Richie Pugh appointed Head of Sevens for Wales
  • USA Rugby and Rugby Sevens Major League have announced a sanctioning agreement, but it’s only promoting men’s rugby

Other News

  • WRCRA  announced their 2021 15 Under 30 Award Recipients

Women’s Rugby Features

  • Geoff Parkes takes on World Rugby’s new Brain Health Initiative and points out that they are sweeping the real issues under the rug
  • Springbok Catha Jacobs remains in the United Kingdom to try and secure a professional contract
  • 16-year-old Tahlea Yee and her little sister, 14-year-old Carletta Yee switched to Fiji rugby after they saw the Fijiana secure a bronze medal at the Olympics
  • Premier 15s has become the leading domestic league for overseas players
  • Peris Mukoko-Wanyaga is highlighted by Business Daily Africa for her work in raising the profile of women’s rugby
  • Jo Hull, Hong Kong Rugby Union’s head of women’s rugby performance, talks about the benefits brought about by participation at the highest level
  • Scotland’s Rhona Lloyd described it as a “dream come true” after she played for the Barbarians at Twickenham
  • Wales’ Jasmine Joyce will take over didi rugby in South Wales in the new year

Women’s Rugby Media

  • Check out the Barbarian’s fancy set piece move
  • New Zealand’s Fiao’o Fa’amausili on returning to her day job after the Autumn Tours
  • Check out all the tries from the second leg of Dubai 7s
  • USA’s Naya Tapper chase from behind tackle and held up try reached ESPN’s Sports Center as the #1 clip
  • England’s Vicky Fleetwood spills it for O2 Sports
  • Kristin, Astrid & Mari are the next Youth Unstoppables
  • England’s Jodie Ounsley’s story is amazing and we’re sharing it again if you’ve missed it
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