Women’s Rugby News in 60 secs – Aug 22-28

Welcome to the top women’s rugby news in under 60 seconds for Aug 22-28.  USA, Japan and the Black Ferns secured wins over the weekend and we learned the dates for the 2023 TikTok Women’s Six Nations.

In more XVs news, the Black Ferns also announced an additional test match against Japan on September 24, the Farah Palmer Cup semifinalists have been confirmed, Corstorphine leads the Tennent Premiership in Scotland, and any teams interested in joining the Allianz Premiership need to be apply by October 28.

We close out the week with 21 features and 11 media.

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tl;dr: Women’s Rugby in 60 secs for Aug 22-28 saw USA, Japan, and the Black Ferns secure wins over the weekend and we learned the dates for the 2023 TikTok Women’s Six Nations.

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  • USA defeated Scotland in a back and forth match where the Eagles held off several comeback attempts
  • Japan returned fire and upset Ireland this week 29-10
  • The Black Ferns made it 2 for 2 in the O’Reilly Series defeating Australia 22-14
    • They also announced an additional match at Eden Park against Japan on September 24
  • The dates for the 2023 TikTok Women’s Six Nations will be again played in its own six-week window from  March 25 to April 29
    • All matches to be broadcast in the UK, France, Ireland and Italy on the BBC, France TV, RTE, Virgin Media and Sky Italia
    • Super Saturday will see England v France followed by Italy v Wales and Scotland v Ireland


  • The Farah Palmer Cup semifinalists have been confirmed:
    • Premiership – defending champions Waikato host Auckland while Canterbury, winners of all six regular season matches in 2022, host Wellington
    • Championship – Otago hosts North Harbour while Hawke’s Bay will look to repeat their earlier season success over Northland
  • Corstorphine leads the Tennent Premiership in Scotland but is chased by Watsonian, Stirling County, Hillhead and Cartha Queens Park
  • Any teams interested in joining the Allianz Premiership need to be apply by October 28, a selection panel will then evaluate the proposals and create a shortlist of clubs

Women’s Rugby Features

  • Wales faces claims of ‘casual sexism and racism’ as well as differential treatment of men’s and women’s national teams
  • Scotland captain Rachel Malcolm found the positives in her side’s narrow 21-17 defeat to USA at Dam Health Stadium in Edinburgh
  • Awhina Tangen-Wainohu wanted to be a better mum, and also ended up our latest Black Fern
  • US Rugby Foundation welcomes Liz Goldenberg and Anne Barry as Directors to The Board
  • Amber Reed: Atmosphere to be through the roof for the Red Roses
  • Wales squad member and RAF Officer Carys Williams-Morris has received a double boost
  • ‘I don’t know if New Zealand gets it yet’: Ruby Tui on significance of home World Cup for Black Ferns
  • Frostburg State University Adds Women’s Rugby as Emerging Sport
  • England Rugby Girls’ Developing Player Programme will ensure “parity of experience”
  • Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 and ChildFund partnership to benefit thousands of young people across Africa
  • Unstoppable Fatma El-kindiy on a mission to provide international opportunities to women in Tanzania
  • Enya Breen: ‘We’re playing with confidence and ambition that we haven’t had much of before’
  • Fijiana girls show growing interest in rugby
  • Coach of the Month: Becky Worley
  • Alix Fitzgerald was a member of East London RFC, but the RFU’s ban on players ‘assigned male at birth’ in female rugby ended her career
  • Stella Mills: Listen to the players who are involved in the game, don’t speak on behalf of them

Women’s Rugby Media

  • Watch the Black Ferns highlights of their second match against Australia in the O’Reilly Cup
  • Follow the journey of four referees as they compete for World Cup selection – and the honor of officiating the 2021 Rugby World Cup Final
  • Nick Heath discussed how the extended Rugby World Cup preseason camps are going with Sarah Hunter
  • Heath also spoke with Marlie Packer about how her young family is keeping her focused as she keeps her eyes on the prize
  • Fiona Hayes feels Enya Breen’s performance at the weekend has solidified her place as Ireland’s inside centre
  • The extraordinary story of scrum-half Claudia MacDonald and her return from the brink
  • Watch how members of the rugby family have come together to help the people of Ukraine
  • Black Ferns share what it’s like to get the call up
  • Brianna Miller talks through Canada’s preparations ahead of the World Cup
  • Ireland Assistant Coach Niamh Briggs provides the latest from camp in Tokyo
  • Today’s ‘Sporting Hero’ Stephen Thompson talks about living with early onset dementia in his 40s
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