Women’s Rugby in 60 secs – Feb 28-Mar 6

Welcome to the top women’s rugby news in under 60 seconds for Feb 28-Mar 6. World Rugby has suspended the memberships of Russia and Belarus and affirmed their support of Ukraine. TikTok has revealed its new Championship brand and visual identity ahead of the Six Nations tournament. 

The United States Congressional Rugby Caucus introduced a resolution in support of bids to host future Men and Women’s Rugby World Cups. In Ireland, chief executive Kevin Potts formally apologized to the players and while the IRFU didn’t release the entire report they did share their list of recommendations.

In 7s news, Mexico will replace Russia at Langford 7s and Japan joins as an invitational team. USA will play exhibition matches against Australia this weekend and New Zealand will finally get a run at Fiji’s Super Sevens.

We’re really excited about the announcement that the documentary No Woman No Try by Victoria Rich which tackles gender, ethnicity and sexual equality in women’s rugby will premier on Prime Video on March 25.

We close out the week with a wrap up of domestic XVs news, 10 features and 12 media.

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tl;dr: Women’s Rugby in 60 secs for Feb 28-Mar 6 saw World Rugby suspend Russia and Belarus while affirming their support for Ukraine. The Congressional Rugby Caucus introduced a resolution in support of the US hosting Men’s and Women’s Rugby World Cups.

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World Rugby’s Executive Committee has confirmed new rugby sanctions for Russia and Belarus and reaffirmed its strong condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

  • The full and immediate suspension of Russia and Belarus from all international rugby and cross-border club rugby activities until further notice
  • The full and immediate suspension of the Rugby Union of Russia from World Rugby membership until further notice

Rugby Europe unanimously approved implementing World Rugby’s recommendations shortly after including suspension with immediate effect Russia and Belarus Rugby Unions from all Rugby Europe activities until further notice.

As others have pointed out on social media this has ripple effects on Russia’s player futures including probably missing Rugby World Cup 2025 (8th ranked in Europe and unlikely to qualify). The bigger issue is they are ranked 3rd  in 7s with events already planned where they will have to be replaced. If the suspension carries on it could mean they are removed as a core team on the HSBC Sevens Circuit.

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  • Six Nations Rugby has revealed its new Championship brand and visual identity for the TikTok Women’s Six Nations
    • Led by the colour purple and charged with a sense of energy, the new look brand is driven by the desire to give the Women’s Championship a distinctive identity fans can associate and engage with
    • Entertainment platform TikTok is the first ever Title Partner of the Women’s Six Nations, alongside Breitling, its first ever Timing Partner
    • Both partners join Guinness, the longstanding supporting partner of the TikTok Women’s Six Nations
  • USA Rugby and the USA Rugby World Cup Bid Committee applauded the introduction of a congressional resolution expressing support for the United States’ bid to host upcoming Men’s and Women’s Rugby World Cup tournaments
  • IRFU’s chief executive formally apologized the players “who have felt let down or not respected” and agreed to implement significant proposals that will begin a new era for the women’s game in Ireland
    • There were over 30 recommendations included but we’ve listed out the biggies:
      • Creation of a head of women’s performance and pathways role
      • Upgrading of women’s 15-a-side athletic performance coach and performance analyst to full-time roles
      • Provision of a dedicated women’s 15-a-side nutritionist
      • Assistant coach (currently occupied by former captain Niamh Briggs) becoming a full-time role
      • Creating a culture of consultation and engagement with players, including an annual culture health check of players to gather information to ensure values and standards are agreed and applied


  • Stade Toulousain continues to dominate Elite 1 with ASM Romagnat, AC Bobigny and FC Grenoble chasing
  • CR Majadahonda leads by one point in Iberdrola with U. Seville CR, Comp Cisernos, and Olympic of Poz in the hunt
  • Allianz Premier 15s is about to head off into their extended break due to the Six Nations but first Round 16! Saracens confirmed a home semi-finals while Wasps dispatched Harlequins to keep their top-four finish alive.
  • The start of the inaugural Sky Super Rugby Aupiki competition was delayed due to COVID cases but Chiefs Manawa took an entertaining 28-20 pre-season victory over Matatū
    • Competition will now start on Thursday, March 10, with the round-robin matches continuing on Tuesday, March 15 and Sunday, March 20
    • No final will be played, with the winner being determined on points
  • Super W kicked off with wins by NSW Waratahs, Fijiana Drua, and Queensland
    • Earlier in the week, Western Force became the second team to announce payments for their players
    • Melbourne Rebels was first with their announcement in 2021


  • Mexico and Japan are the final teams to compete in the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens in Langford, BC on April 30 and May 1
    • Mexico replaces Russia due to their World Rugby suspension
  • USA is set to host Australia for 3-day training competition, culminating in exhibition matches played at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • The 2022 RAN Sevens Qualifiers are set to take place at Nassau, Bahamas on April 23-24
    • This tournament will serve as qualifiers for the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 in Cape Town, South Africa in September, along with The Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, England in July
  • With confirmation that the borders will open for vaccinated New Zealanders, the Black Ferns will get some much-needed game time in Fiji later this month before returning to the HSBC World Series in April
    • They’re attending Fiji’s Super Sevens Series on March 10-11

Other News

  • Prime Video will premiere No Woman No Try, a documentary about gender, ethnicity and sexual equality in women’s rugby, on March 25
    • The film which was filmed throughout the 2020-21 rugby season, highlights male and female athletes championing change in the sport, and will feature perspectives from professional rugby players, women’s sports advocates and male allies
    • The documentary is inspired by the global #IAmEnough movement that began in 2020, which was started by No Woman No Try director Victoria Rush

Women’s Rugby Features

  • Wales’ Non Evans opens up about her struggle after a hamstring injury ended her rugby career
  • Rosemary A. Schmidt, a former collegiate and club rugby player and now a lifelong rugby devotee, has borrowed Beantown’s rallying cry as the title of her book, Go Forward, Support: The Rugby of Life
  • Super Rugby celebrates Moana Leilua, Counties Manukau Steelers Team Manager
  • Zimbabwe Rugby Union have appointed Lissy Wasarirevu as the interim head coach of the Zimbabwe Lady Sables team
  • Amy Perrett is keen to shake the tag as the ‘token female referee’, looking to inspire the next generation of women’s officials
  • Meet Sisilia Tuipulotu, the 18-year-old Welsh rugby sensation getting advice from cousin Taulupe Faletau
  • Relive the 24 hours that saw Scotland’s Women reach the Rugby World Cup
  • Black Fern Aroha Savage is making a special return to the game as captain of the Blues in Super Rugby Aupiki – with double the support crew at her side
  • Fiji’s Olivia Mateitoga is part of the surge in women’s rugby locally after witnessing the Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s team’s heroics at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
  • World Rugby takes a look at five players who will hope to use the tournament as a springboard to success in New Zealand

Women’s Rugby Media

  • From Rugby World Cup qualification to delivering the match ball at a sold out BT Murrayfield, watch our Story of the Day from Scotland’s whirlwind 24 hours
  • South Africa has decided to intensify efforts to grow – and keep relevant – women’s rugby in the country, according to director of rugby Rassie Erasmus and women’s high-performance manager Lynne Cantwell
  • England’s Emily Scarratt and Wales’ Rachel Taylor on Good Scaz Rugby #11
  • Women’s Rugby Pod has Ireland’s Lily Peat on to talk all things from the week
  • Girls Rugby Club shares their Player Welfare Webinar with Baz Moffat and  Harlequins’ Davinia Catlin
  • Western Forces’ Madeline Putz believes payment in Super W should be “across the board”
  • Former Wales International Tonia Antoniazzi talks rugby in Gower Parliament and the opportunities it afforded her
  • Get a peek into Wales training for the upcoming Six Nations
  • USA’s Rob Cain was on Eagles Overseas talking about his tour in the United Kingdom and preparing for their exhibition match against Wales in a few weeks
  • Fijiana Drua Coach Senirusi Seruvakula speaks about teams’ preparation for the first match against Melbourne Rebels
  • South Africa’s Lynne Cantwell shares how their recent forwards camp went
  • See highlights from Sky Super Rugby’s Chiefs Manawa and Matatu
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