Welcome to the top women’s rugby news in under 60 seconds for
May 2-8. We learned who won the TikTok Six Nations Player of the Championship award, the Langford 7s dream team was named and the pools for Toulouse 7s have been revealed.
In XVs news, Australia played Fiji early in the week, taking home a close win but lost to Japan in their second match while USA, Spain, Wales, and Canada all announced Rugby World Cup warmup matches in the coming weeks
In domestic XVs news, the Allianz Premier semi-finals are coming into shape, DHL Western is still leading South Africa’s Premier Division but are chased by Border Ladies and Blue Bulls, we know the quarterfinals for French’s Elite 1, Berkeley and New York continue to lead USA’s WPL and we recap USA’s Club Super Regionals.
We close out the week with 10 features and 6 media.
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tl;dr: Women’s Rugby in 60 secs for May 2-8 saw the 2022 TikTok Six Nations Player of the Championship named as well as the Langford 7s Dream Team and the pools for Toulouse 7s.
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First up is a change in the World Rugby Rankings, England takes the coveted top spot but are chased by New Zealand, Canada and France. France’s Laure Sansus is the TikTok Player of the Championship, well deserved!
Second, we learned the members of the Langford 7s Dream Team with Nathan, Blyde, Murphy Crowe, Woodman, Caslick, Nathan-Wong and Scurfield. We also learned the pools for Toulouse which will see Australia, USA, Fiji, South Africa in Pool A, New Zealand, Canada, Spain, Scotland in B and Ireland, France, Brazil and England in C.
- Australia defeated Fiji 26-19 on Thursday
- Japan then defeated Australia 12-10 on Monday
- USA announced their 42 player pool for Rugby World Cup, traveling roster for the Pacific Four Series should come out next week
- Spain announced a tour to South Africa from August 7-20 and Scotland from September 8-12
- Wales announced a match with Canada as well as the addition of a kicking coach to their staff
- Canada will play Italy on July 24 and Wales on August 27
- Saracens, Exeter, Harlequins and Bristol are more than likely through to the SFs in Allianz Premier 15s
- DHL Western is still leading South Africa Premier Division along with Border Ladies and Blue Bulls
- We know the quarterfinals for French’s Elite 1
- Stade Toulousain Rugby v Lyon
- Stade Bordeaux v FC Grenoble Amazones
- ASM Romagnat v Montpellier
- Blagnac v AC Bobigny 93
- WPL – Berkeley and New York continue to lead in with Life West and Colorado on their heels
- D1 – Colorado Gray Wolves will face off against Tempe in the West while NOVA sees Chicago Lions in the East
- D2 – Palmer College sees Providence in the West while Knoxville faces Berkeley in the East
Women’s Rugby Features
- Wales has launched a review into the female community game to deal with the considerable growth in this area of the game and to ensure structures and competition frameworks are suitably robust to continue and sustain this expansion
- How record-breaking attendances have begun a new era for women’s sport by Nancy Gillen of Give Me Sport
- Leinster’s Tania Rosser shares her life in the game and future plans and hopes in her new role as head coach
- Dartmouth’s Idia Ihensekhien Wins 2021-22 MA Sorensen Award
- Wasps’ Mica Evans spoke with Nursing Times about her role within community child and adolescent mental health services
- Wales’ Jasmine Joyce wrote her final BBC TikTok Six Nations column where she revelled in their best finish in 13 years
- Gary Heatly writes for GH Media that Scotland has little time before the Rugby World Cup and what it’s going to take
- The United States Rugby World Cup Bid Committee announced a proposed framework for ensuring that hosting the Men’s and Women’s Rugby World Cup tournaments in 2031 and 2033 would create sustainable long-term growth of the sport in the US
- World Rugby recounts the story of the first women’s Rugby World Cup trophy, which was thought to be lost before being discovered in an attic last year
Women’s Rugby Media
- England’s Emily Scarratt stopped by Rugby Union Weekly to talk about another Six Nations title and her gold cap
- Watch the highlights of Australia and Japans match
- Ireland’s Nora Stapleton, Fiona Hayes and Alison Miller recalled the last-minute defensive tweaks that saw then beat France en route to the 2013 Grand Slam
- 40 years ago, in the Dutch city of Utrecht, the very first Women’s Rugby International took place between the Netherlands & France; Happiness is Egg Shaped talked with captains Liza Groenendijk & Judith Machado
- Nick & Mo were live one more time to relive the last round of the TikTok Six Nations
- Women’s Rugby Pod was joined by special guests Ali Donnelly and Sara Orchard on the pod this week to talk Scrum Queens, Six Nations Team of the Tournament and World Rugby news
NEWS | Head Coach Rob Cain has named 42 players to the Women's Eagles player pool for the upcoming @rugbyworldcup— USA Rugby (@USARugby) May 2, 2022
France's Elite 1 league reaches the quarter-final playoffs on Sunday after a tight final round of pool games:— Scrumqueens - Women’s Rugby (@ScrumQueens) May 10, 2022
Stade Toulousain Rugby v Lyon
Stade Bordeaux v FC Grenoble Amazones
ASM Romagnat v Montpellier
Blagnac v AC Bobigny 93https://t.co/eA5hgVT6dU pic.twitter.com/UNeSFdWmxe
"The WRU has seen an increase of more than 40% in its regular female playing base since the pandemic closed the 2019-20 season."https://t.co/KJ6Di9cj2c— Scrumqueens - Women’s Rugby (@ScrumQueens) May 2, 2022
Jasmine Joyce reflects on Wales' best finish in the Six Nations in 13 years, the overall success of the tournament and being fined in Kangaroo court!— BBC Sport Wales (@BBCSportWales) May 5, 2022
Read more in her final column ⤵️
It took five years and a day to get to the World Cup, now the next five months and a week are very important for Scottish women’s rugby - some thoughts on @Scotlandteam and the lead up to the @rugbyworldcup opener V Wales on October 9...— Gary Heatly (@G_HMedia) May 3, 2022
✍️ https://t.co/oWxWXzJ26S pic.twitter.com/wLPEl0FkmV
The special trophy that sparked an argument and went missing for years - before turning up in an attic!— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) May 6, 2022
The original women's Rugby World Cup trophy certainly has a story to tell...