Welcome to the top women’s rugby news in under 60 seconds for Aug 8-14. Ireland has joined England and Wold Rugby in banning transgender women from playing. Exclusionary bans like this are a continuation of a long history of excluding women from competitive sport. The category of women’s sport only came after male athletes were threatened by women competing. For those banging the drum to “protect women’s sports”, we urge you to understand that transphobia has roots in fascism, racism and homophobia. The special interest groups pushing these bans aren’t protecting anyone.
In 7s news, Japan conquered the Challenger Series and will take their place on the 2023 HSBC 7s Series, Scion won back-to-back Championships in USA’s National Club 7s and Canada confirmed that Jack Hanratty will be their Head Coach.
In XVs news, South Africa dismantled Spain 44-5 and improved their World Rugby ranking to 12th. They will face Spain again on Friday, August 19. Meanwhile, in the Farah Palmer Cup, Canterbury is outpacing the pack with 4 wins in 4 matches and DMP Durham Sharks announced that they have been successful in sourcing the funding required to continue in the Allianz Premier.
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tl;dr: Women’s Rugby in 60 secs for Aug 8-14 saw Ireland join England and World Rugby in banning transgender women from playing. Exclusionary bans like this are a continuation of a long history of excluding women from competitive sport.
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Ireland has joined World Rugby and England in banning transgender women from participating in rugby. We wanted to take a bit of time to dig into the roots of exclusion in sport and how it promotes fascism, racism and homophobia.
Dr. Sheree Bekker has a lengthy thread on unpacking “the narrative that women’s sports apparently exist as a ‘protected category’ so that women can win.” This is first “*not* the reason why women’s sport exists as a category, and it is *not* true that women will never win again. The narrative is profoundly paternalistic and keeps women small.”
In 1903, “when Madge Syers entered the World Championship Figure Skating competition and placed 2nd against male competitions. The next year the organizers banned women from the event and in 1905 segregated it by adding women’s category” (source).
India Willoughby likened the ban to the “appalling sports apartheid that existed in South Africa until the 80s” (source). The policy stated that whites and blacks were not allowed to play sports together, and only whites could represent the country in international competition. Sound familiar? Only cis women can represent the country…
Still yet another angle comes from Marie Collins writing for the New Hampshire Bulletin that “the myth that one demographic must be excluded or oppressed for the safety and success of another has been propagated countless times across our nation’s history. These same sentiments were fed to white indentured servants to garner support for the enslavement of African peoples after Bacon’s Rebellion in 1675; were used to rationalize segregation laws during the Jim Crow era; and encouraged white suffragists to exclude women of color from their demands for gender equity, to name just a few”.
Top Women’s Rugby Stories
- South Africa dismantled Spain 44-5 and improved their World Rugby ranking to 12th
- They will face Spain again on Friday, August 19
- Canterbury is outpacing the pack in the Farah Palmer Cup with 4 wins in 4 matches
- DMP Durham Sharks announced that they have been successful in sourcing the funding required to continue in the Allianz Premiership
- Japan conquered the Challenger Series and will take their place on the 2023 HSBC 7s Series
- Scion won back-to-back Championship in USA’s National Club 7s
- Canada confirmed that Jack Hanratty will be their Head Coach
Women’s Rugby Features
- PR Sevens CEO Owen Scannell reflected on their season and record attendance at the Championship event
- 22 female coaches from seven Olympic sports will congregate on the outskirts of London for the next stage of the WISH Women in High Performance Pathway program on Monday
- Martyn Thomas announced that he has written a book about the pioneering women who paved the way for the first women’s Rugby World Cup
- TikTok Women’s Six Nations has been nominated to for a Leaders Business Awards in the Sponsorship Category
- The Rugby Breakdown gives us a glimpse into USA’s training camp ahead of the 2021 Rugby World Cup
- Arizona Leger reviews Rikki Swannell’s book Sevens Sisters, the story of how our women’s sevens team reset – and triumphed – after their heartbreaking loss to Australia at the 2016 Olympics
- Sevens star Tyla Nathan-Wong raring to make dream reality after Black Ferns call-up
- France’s Agathe Sochat is hoping to play in the first World Cup of her career in New Zealand this year
- Scottish Chief executive Mark Dodson, Jeffrey and James Robson sat down with the media for questions about how they are handling the inquiry Siobhan Cattigan
- Scotland will not sanction an external inquiry into her death
- Ex-Bradford Bulls star Shontayne Hape living with shocking brain injuries
- Adam Hughes exclusive: ‘We are not trying to destroy rugby – we want to save it’
- John Shaw: Come and be me for a day. I don’t know my kids’ names. I put my toiletries in the fridge
- World Rugby hits back over concussion lawsuits and questions legal action
Women’s Rugby Media
- South Africa Rugby President Mark Alexander announces FNB as the new sponsor of the national women’s rugby team
- Post match comments from Babalwa Latsha and Libbie Janse van Rensburg after defeating Spain
- Captain Nichola Fryday is relishing leading Ireland on a first ever tour as the squad prepare to depart for a two-match series in Japan
- Dr Lisa Ryan speaks to Des Cahill on RTE Radio 1, discussing the impact concussion can have on rugby players, what needs to be done to protect the players, support their longevity, and keep the love of the game alive
- Scotland’s Chloe Rollie and Eilidh Sinclair reflect on their journeys together
IRFU updates Transgender guidelines.— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) August 10, 2022
‘This is a particularly sensitive area, and it is important that respect is shown to all members of our rugby family and the wider community.’https://t.co/IjMhVRtqeC pic.twitter.com/cM4VBrqY1U
Policies that impact trans women’s participation in elite sport are the continuation of a long history of exclusion of women from competitive sport – an exclusion that resulted in the introduction of a ‘women’s’ category of sport in the first place.— Kirsti Miller (@KirstiMiller30) August 10, 2022
Correct. It’s no different to the appalling sports apartheid that existed in South Africa until the 80s.— India Willoughby (@IndiaWilloughby) August 11, 2022
IRFU ban on transgender women sets ‘dangerous precedent’, say opponents - https://t.co/mBHpxAGysm https://t.co/L4l6TnBrBt
3/20— Dr Sheree Bekker (@shereebekker) March 18, 2022
Let's unpack this a little:
A. Women's sport exists as a category because the dominance of men athletes was threatened by women competing.
We see this over and over again in the history of sport...
A late try by Spain, but the final score 44-5 to Bok Women in commanding win infirst test match of the Women's Winter Series. pic.twitter.com/kwrpskuF0t— Springbok Women (@WomenBoks) August 13, 2022
Former England U20 boss, Martin Haag, joins Rob Cain’s USA Women’s coaching staff as a consultant thru the upcoming UK tour and World Cup. pic.twitter.com/YCQPLAAdRM— Eagles Overseas (@EaglesOverseas) August 7, 2022
There were some big moves in round five of the #FarahPalmerCup! Get the lowdown ⬇️— Bunnings NPC (@BunningsNPC) August 14, 2022
Back ✌️ Back Champs pic.twitter.com/ZbdOudq9rM— USA Rugby (@USARugby) August 14, 2022
Rugby Canada is delighted to announce that Jack Hanratty has been confirmed as the Head Coach of Canada’s Senior Women’s Sevens team on a full-time basis.— Rugby Canada (@RugbyCanada) August 9, 2022
Read more: https://t.co/gDei3cQNaG#RugbyCA | #Rugby7s pic.twitter.com/tikHmSrAsq
Excuse the shameless plug, I've written a book about the pioneering women who paved the way for the first women's Rugby World Cup. It has a foreword from England captain Sarah Hunter and is out on 15th September, just in time for RWC 2021. pic.twitter.com/ShNwf9DySh— Martyn Thomas (@MCThomasSport) August 10, 2022
Sevens star Tyla Nathan-Wong raring to make Black Ferns dream reality https://t.co/pFaVymCUF7— Newshub Sport (@NewshubSport) August 10, 2022
A book that shows when your team culture is wāhine-led and grounded in tikanga Māori, loss is a chance to learnhttps://t.co/ztVyKnjYTk— The Spinoff (@TheSpinoffTV) August 9, 2022
Incredibly disappointing response from Mark Dodson and John Jeffrey.— Scottish Rugby Podcast (@ScotRugbyPod) August 14, 2022
Of course they have a responsibility to SRU employees but backing them whilst also admitting you’ve not even completed an internal review into what happened comes across as callous https://t.co/KEiMxqeZqS
Damning.— Progressive Rugby (@ProgressiveRug) August 14, 2022
“My brain was so traumatised, had swollen so big, that just getting a tap to the body would knock me out….
“There was constant pressure from the coaches (to play). Most coaches don’t care what happens later in your life.”
Shontayne Hapehttps://t.co/7XJMXeev7U pic.twitter.com/2V1ovYhof9
For me (erring on side of caution) seems to be the most obvious and safe way now as we reassess and learn more about concussion.— Progressive Rugby (@ProgressiveRug) August 14, 2022
Why don’t we air on the side of caution to begin with, & you can always bring back a player for player basis in the future.”https://t.co/FYblHGBvOc
“When you don’t know your kids’ names. When you put your toiletries in the fridge or when you’re going into fits of depression, headaches, that daily battle going on inside your head. Come and be me for a day and that will maybe change your opinion.”https://t.co/KRUblR8U5w— Progressive Rugby (@ProgressiveRug) August 12, 2022