Women’s Rugby in 60 secs – Aug 8-14

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.

We close out the week with 13 features and 5 media.

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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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Your #wrugby News in under 60 seconds for Aug 1-7 Aug 8-14 saw Ireland join 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. Watch our video & read the entire update using the link in our bio! #womensrugby #wrugby #rugbyunion

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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

XVs

International

  • South Africa dismantled Spain 44-5 and improved their World Rugby ranking to 12th
    • They will face Spain again on Friday, August 19

Domestic

  • 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

7s

  • 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
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