Women’s Rugby News in 60 secs – Nov 21-27

Welcome to the top women’s rugby news in under 60 seconds for Nov 21-27. China conquered the Asia 7s Series and Papua New Guinea won Oceania 7s…both sides have qualified for the World Rugby Challenger Series next year.

In XVs news, Sweden barely beat Portugal 7-5 in a warmup match over the weekend. This is fascinating because Sweden was last year’s Europe Trophy Champion gaining promotion to the Europe Championship while Portugal is leading this year’s tournament.

Looking at domestic play around the world, Saracens are leading the Allianz Premier after two rounds, Colorno leads Italy’s Excellence Championship after two rounds, Stirling County continues to top the table for Scotland’s Tennent’s Premiership, Majadahonda leads Spain’s Iberdrola league and the Uganda Cup begins their semi-finals this weekend.

We close out the week with 7 features and 3 media.

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tl;dr: Women’s Rugby in 60 secs for Nov 21-27 saw China win the Asia 7s Series while Papua New Guinea won Oceania 7s. Both teams now qualify for next year’s World Rugby Challenger Series.

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Your #wrugby News in under 60 seconds for Nov 21-27 saw China win the Asia 7s Series while Papua New Guinea won Oceania 7s. Both teams now qualify for next year's World Rugby Challenger Series. Watch our video & read the entire update using the link in our bio! #womensrugby #wrugby #rugbyunion

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Top Women’s Rugby Stories

XVs

International

  • Sweden (last season’s European Trophy champions) took on Portugal (in pole place to win this season’s trophy) in Lisbon, as part of Sweden’s warm-up for their tilt at the European Championship early next year; Sweden won 7-5
  • Confirmation that Hong Kong will host Kazakhstan in two tests on December 10 and 17

Domestic

  • After two rounds of Allianz Premier Saracens are on top of the table with 10 points but are chased by Gloucester-Hartpury and Sale with 9 points each
  • Italy’s Excellence Championships started two weeks ago and Colorno leads the table with 10 points but is followed by Valsugana and Cus Milano who also have 10 points
  • Stirling County continues to lead Scotland’s Tennent’s Premiership with 46 points but Corstorphine and Watsonian are also in the mix
  • Majadahonda leads Spain’s Iberdrola league with 26 points with Corteva Cocos closing in with 24 points and Crealia El Salvador chasing with 17 points
  • Uganda Cup semi-finals take place this weekend between Thunderbirds and Lira Matrix as well as Lira Strikers vs Avengers

7s

  • China conquered the Asia 7s Series after only conceding two tries after three legs; China and Thailand will take part in the World Series Challenger Tournament next year
  • Papua New Guinea won Oceania 7s and will participate in the World Series Challenger Tournament next year
  • PR 7s has announced their Talent ID Camps starting in 2023

Women’s Rugby Features

  • Former Black Fern Hannah Porter has been appointed to the newly created role of Head of Women’s High Performance at New Zealand Rugby
  • Tzu Yu Chen grateful for opportunity to develop women’s rugby in Taiwan
  • Another blow for Ireland as XVs programme manager Gemma Crowley quits after six months
  • Lisa Parfitt reflects on a whirlwind trip to the 2021 Rugby World Cup Final in New Zealand and the emergence of a whole new brand of sport
  • Despite tragedies and mounting litigation, teams still seek ways to keep important players on pitch, writes David Walsh
  • Leading neuropathologist Dr Willie Stewart is scathing in his criticism of rugby’s response to brain injury risk
  • A group of around 15 rugby players have decided to file a lawsuit against the Fédération Française de Rugby (FFR) and the League (LNR) for failure to properly protect them against the effects of brain injury

Women’s Rugby Media

  • Hannah Tyrrell on why the list of newly contracted Ireland players is missing a few notable names
  • BBC Sport interviews Babalwa Latsha, the Springbok prop who was Africa’s first professional rugby player and says athletes “can really change the world”
  • Janie Kluempers recounts her experience with USA Rugby at the 2021 Rugby World Cup

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Top Women's Rugby News

XVs

International

Domestic

https://twitter.com/Premier15s/status/1597247094238371840

https://twitter.com/Federugby/status/1596897246855200769

7s

Women's Rugby Features

https://twitter.com/yscrugby/status/1595432435222822913

Brain Injury Crisis

https://twitter.com/ProgressiveRug/status/1595077383001874432

Women's Rugby Media

https://twitter.com/HerSportDotIE/status/1595108842274263048

https://twitter.com/BBCSportWales/status/1596472395870642177

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