Women’s Rugby in 60 secs – May 16-22

Welcome to the top women’s rugby news in under 60 seconds for May 16-22. The Black Ferns took home the last HSBC 7s Series title at Toulouse 7s while NOVA and Providence won USA’s Club National Division 1 and Division 2 Championships.

In more XVs news, Exeter and Saracens will face off for the Allianz Premier title on June 3, Life West and New York continue to lead USA’s WPL while Border Ladies overtook the Blue Bulls at the top of the table for South Africa’s Premier Division.

In 7s news, the Black Ferns may have taken home the last series stop of the year but Australia claimed the overall HSBC Series title. France took second, Fiji third and notably Ireland moved their way up to fourth in the overall standings. Teams now look forward to Rugby World Cup 2022 in South Africa from September 9-11.

We close out the week with 16 features and 11 media.

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tl;dr: Women’s Rugby in 60 secs for May 16-22 saw the Black Ferns win Toulouse 7s while NOVA and Providence won USA’s Club Division 1 and 2 Championships.

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Your #wrugby News in under 60 seconds for May 16-22 saw the Black Ferns win Toulouse 7s while NOVA and Providence won USA's Club Division 1 and 2 Championships. Watch our video & read the entire update using the link in our bio! #womensrugby #wrugby #rugbyunion

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  • Gaëlle Mignot and David Ortiz have replaced Samuel Cherouk and Stéphane Eymard as assistant coaches to Annick Hayraud’s France women’s side


  • NOVA defeated Colorado 27-19 to win USA’s Club National Division 1 Championship while Providence defeated Knoxville 25-8 for the Division 2 Championship
  • Exeter and Saracens will face off for the Allianz Premier title on June 3
  • Life West and New York continue to lead USA’s WPL
  • Border Ladies took over the top of the table in South Africa’s Premier Division


  • New Zealand won Toulouse 7s after defeating Australia 21-14
    • Australia won the overall Series with France taking second and Fiji third
    • Notably Ireland placed fourth and New Zealand who only attended two events this year placed fifth

Women’s Rugby Features

  • Alice Soper starts ‘Alice’s Soapbox’ where she weaves her threads of supporting women’s rugby with a focus on New Zealand
  • Grace Hamilton says being chosen as the host location for the women’s tournament in 2029 will massively help the game in Australia
  • Otago Rugby Club makes much-needed changes to their clubhouse rest room facilities
  • Countries around the world need to “learn from England” to “narrow the gap”, says World Rugby’s new director of women Sally Horrox
  • Meet the four women who pulled off organizing the first ever Women’s Rugby World Cup
  • WRCRA’s Coach of the Month if former 7s Eagle Kelly Griffin
  • Canada and USA women set for two massive meetings in 2022
  • Fiji’s Vika Matarugu and Joana Sauto have one mission – and that is to represent Fiji at the upcoming Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship in New Zealand
  • Sports Illustrated profiles USA’s Naya Tapper and her rise in the sport of rugby
  • Exeter’s Kate Zachary talks Premier semi-finals and how the USA can catch up
  • PR 7s to celebrate women in sport throughout their tournament at Audi Field in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, July 16
  • Fijiana Drua winning Australia’s Super W will grow the sport in Fiji says Stephanie Brantz, chairwoman of Australia’s sports diplomacy advisory council 
  • Bruna Elías tells how she quit football and tried rugby because her brothers called her lazy
  • Stella Mills on “No days off” – Being a male ally to Women’s Rugby isn’t a part time role

Women’s Rugby Media

  • Watch the highlights from Toulouse 7s
  • Stella Mills shares her thoughts on male allyship and what it can mean for women’s rugby
  • Poppy Cleal shares what it means to be part of the 100 club
  • Sacramento is home to America’s first all-girls high school Polynesian rugby team, the Sacramento Amazons; watch a video on their origins
  • Squidge breaks down how dominant England really is
  • Alan Dymock looks at The State of the Union for USA rugby with guests from all over
  • Uneducated Rugby sees Carwyn Harris and Lucy Jones joined by former Wales International and current co-host of the Back the Girls podcast Gemma Hallett
  • Women’s Rugby Pod has three guests on ahead of the Allianz Premier SFs
  • Rocky Clark shares her amazing journey to the Red Rose
  • England and GB Sevens star Celia Quansah shares her experience as a gay female rugby player and her vision for the way forward
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