Welcome to the top women’s rugby news in under 60 seconds for Mar 28 – Apr 3. England, France and Wales lead the TikTok Six Nations after two rounds and future Rugby World Cups are coming into focus: England will host in 2025, Australia in 2029 and USA in 2033.
Premier Rugby Sevens announced they will be hosting a three city tournament starting in San Jose, CA on July 9, Washington, D.C. on July 16 and the Championship will take place in Austin, TX on July 30. Tickets are on sale now!
In domestic XVs news, Fijiana Drua defeated the Waratahs to stay on top of the table for Super W, Harlequins and Saracens lead their respective pools in the Allianz Premier Cup, USA’s Women’s Premier League begins this weekend and Munster and the IRFU are under fire again after they withdrew a motion to grant senior status to clubs competing in the Women’s AIL.
We close out the week with 10 features and 16 media.
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tl;dr: Women’s Rugby in 60 secs for Mar 28-Apr 3 sees England, France and Wales on top of the TikTok Six Nations table and Australia will host Rugby World Cup 2029 while England handles 2025 and USA has 2033.
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Featured Women’s Rugby Stories
England, France and Wales are atop the TikTok Six Nations table all with 10 points a piece
- France 40 Ireland 5
- Wales 24 Scotland 19
- Italy 0 England 74
With their win, Wales has moved ahead of Scotland in the World Rugby Rankings from tenth to ninth place.
Also, Scrum Queens looked at why TikTok are investing in women’s rugby with Sports Marketing Lead of EMEA Harley Johnson.
All sports – rugby included – lend themselves well to the creative and joyful video format TikTok is known for, from unseen training clips and match highlights to light-hearted player and fan reactions. TikTok gives fans the chance to go behind-the-scenes and experience iconic sporting events in new ways, while allowing athletes to show people a different side of themselves and their sports. – Harley Johnson
Top Women’s Rugby Stories
- World Rugby confirmed that Australia is the preferred candidate for Rugby World Cups 2027 and 2029
- Australia also announced initiatives for women’s youth development including U18 matches alongside the Super W competition
- New Zealand announced that Wayne Smith, has signed on as Technical Coach with the Black Ferns through the Rugby World Cup
- Fijiana Dryua continue to lead Super W after they defeated Waratahs 29-10; Queensland is in third place
- Harlequins and Saracens lead the Allianz Premier 15s Cup
- More problems in Ireland as the motion to recognize Munster women’s AIL clubs and players as Senior was removed from the agenda at the last minute
- USA’s WPL begins this weekend with four of five teams in action in their respective pools
- USA’s Club teams are deep into their league season and moving towards Superregionals
- USA’s College Rugby Association of America released their spring playoff brackets ahead of the 2022 Championships on April 30
- Premier Rugby Sevens announced their tournament will expand to three cities this year and the Championship will be in Austin, TX on July 30
- USA’s 2022 Women’s Small College 7s National Championship will be hosted at Founders Field in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1
Women’s Rugby Features
- Ruaidhri O’Connor reveals more about the failure of Munster to hear a motion to grant Senior status to their women’s AIL clubs
- Ruaidhri O’Connor also looks at the Internationals who are playing in the Allianz Premiership as opposed to their local AIL competition
- Scotland’s Rachel Malcolm admitted her side had to have a tough talk with themselves after their loss to Wales
- England’s Rosie Galligan tells how she battled back from meningitis to earn her second cap… 1,149 days after her first
- Sinead Kissane reveals more about why Linda Djougang left the AIL to play in France’s Elite 1
- Wales’ Jasmine Joyce recounts their win over Ireland
- World Rugby Museum goes to the Vaults with two articles:
- 1991 Pioneers, Players, and Perseverance: The First Women’s Rugby World Cup
- How Scotland saved the 1994 Rugby World Cup
- Wales’ Alisha Butchers was a standout in their win against Ireland and she wants more
Women’s Rugby Media
- The Good, The Scaz and The Rugby has Hannah Botterman talking about crocs and we learn about Zoe Aldcroft’s Happy Potter antics
- The Rugby Hive interviews Kat Roche about refereeing in the MLR, the Six Nations and her future
- Sara Orchard and Philipa Tuttiett caught up with Jasmine Joyce, Alisha Butchers and Emily Scarratt for BBC 5 Live Sport
- Poppy Cleal, Shaunagh Brown and Emily Scarratt are guests on Question of Sport
- See the highlights of Wales over Scotland
- Beibhinn Parsons and Aoibheann Reilly share their journey to the green jersey
- Kayleigh Powell reflects on earning a pro-contract after recovering from four separate injuries!
- Back the Girls is chatting all things Wales after they defeated Ireland
- Sarah Ann Bonar reflects on the key moments that have had a big impact on her rugby career
- Michaela Blyde talks about Sarah Hirini, her Mum, and how these amazing wāhine helped her to see what was possible
- Women’s Rugby Pod talks Six Nations, Super Rugby Aupiki and World Rugby news with guests Les Elder and Keira Bevan
- Off the Ball’s Alan Quinlan wonders along with the rest of us why Beibhinn Parsons has not started yet
- Kabita is the next #YouthUnstoppable, she is a member of the Bangladesh U18s
- Nick and Mo discuss all things from Round 2 of TikTok Six Nations
World Rugby has today confirmed Australia as Preferred Candidate for Rugby World Cup 2029, the 11th edition of the premier 15s women's event.— World Rugby Media (@worldrugbymedia) April 4, 2022
The announcement means Australia is now preferred candidate to host the men’s and women’s editions in 2027 & 2029 respectively pic.twitter.com/3Dm7jvZszu
At the 11th hour tonight, the Munster Branch withdrew the motion to recognise women's AIL clubs and players as senior from its AGM agenda. Suggestion is it wasn't going to pass. Leinster, Connacht & Ulster all recognise Women's AIL clubs and players as senior https://t.co/3uItsOz1qv— Rúaidhrí O'Connor (@RuaidhriOC) March 31, 2022
The road to Houston is set for Men's D1A, Women's D1 Elite and Women's D1.— USA Rugby (@USARugby) April 1, 2022
The best 12 teams in Women's Small College Rugby will compete for the 7s National Championship title at Founder's Field on April 30th and May 1st.— National Collegiate Rugby (@ncrrugby) March 28, 2022
Who will come out on top? ⬇️
Read more about the competition here: https://t.co/3afMAmHabI pic.twitter.com/SKaz6D0BJq
This is embarrassing & frustrating but for me personally a great reminder why I give up a load (aka all) of my free time to advocate for & campaign for women's rugby & fairness across the sport. And memo to those clubs blocking progress - this won't hold.https://t.co/poTZZPtEkv— Ali Donnelly (@AliDonnelly) April 1, 2022
A third of the Ireland Women's team play their rugby in England or France. If they were men, they wouldn't be picked but the dynamics are very different - as are the rewards on offer https://t.co/YZKwXAmEnz— Rúaidhrí O'Connor (@RuaidhriOC) March 31, 2022
Linda Djougang left her job as a nurse & moved to France last Oct to play with ASM Romagnat.— Sinéad Kissane (@sineadkissane) April 2, 2022
Linda doesn’t get paid by the club. She works part-time as a translator & is living off savings.
She’s just trying to become a better prop.
Spoke with Linda. https://t.co/RFqBFa1EzW
"The coaches had not put any pressure on us, but individually as players we put pressure on ourselves to go out and perform, especially now 12 of us have full-time contracts." 🏉— BBC Sport Wales (@BBCSportWales) March 31, 2022
Round 2 of the Women's #SixNations is just days away! 🔜@Sara_Orchard & @PhilipaTuttiett are on their travels at The Vale Resort in South Wales 🏉— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) March 31, 2022
They catch up with @joyce_jaz & @Alishabutchers1 🏴
Plus they chat to Emily Scarratt ahead of Italy v England🌹#bbcrugby
📹HIGHLIGHTS | After fighting back from 19-7 down to beat Scotland 24-19, Wales aren't getting carried away.— Welsh Rugby Union 🏴 (@WelshRugbyUnion) April 4, 2022
💬We are pleased with our progress, especially with our strong finish again, but we must make further improvements this week#HerStory pic.twitter.com/PShAzYKEG3
Tomorrow’s champions are inspired by today’s, just as today's champions were inspired by those that came before them 🏉🏆— Sky Sport NZ (@skysportnz) March 29, 2022
The @BlackFerns' Michaela Blyde talks @Sgoss10, her Mum, and how these amazing wāhine helped her to see what was possible. #SeeThePossible pic.twitter.com/0jfYiWHkvv