Women’s Rugby News in 60 secs – Nov 28-Dec 3

Welcome to the top women’s rugby news in under 60 seconds for Nov 28-Dec 3. Australia won Dubai 7s after defeating New Zealand 26-19 while USA took third over France 21-19. 

In more 7s news, the next stop for HSBC 7s is this weekend in Cape Town, South Africa. Australia leads Pool A along with Ireland, Spain and South Africa. Pool B includes New Zealand, Fiji, Great Britain and Brazil while Pool C sees USA, France, Canada and Japan. World Rugby also announced a revamped 2023 HSBC 7s Series that will begin in December and will consist of 7 rounds in 7 different locations with 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams.

In XVs news, Blackrock and Railway Union will battle for the Energia AIL Division Final, Stirling County, Corstorphine, Watsonian and either Heriot’s Blues or Hillhead Jordanhill will contest Scotland’s Tennent’s Premier semi-finals, and Michigan, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, Endicott won their respective NCR Championships while Lindenwood won D1 Elite in CRRA and Navy and Vassar won the D1 and D2 Fall Championships.

We close out the week with 8 features and 6 media.

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tl;dr: Women’s Rugby in 60 secs for Nov 28-Dec 3 saw Australia conquer Dubai 7s and we review the USA College NCR and CRAA National Championship winners.

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Your #wrugby News in under 60 seconds for Nov 28-Dec 3 saw Australia conquer Dubai 7s and we review the USA College NCR and CRAA National Championship winners. Watch our video & read the entire update using the link in our bio! #womensrugby #wrugby #rugbyunion

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  • Australia has won the first HSBC 7s Series stop in Dubai defeating New Zealand 26-19
    • USA took third over France 21-19
  • Teams move to Cape Town, South Africa this weekend:
    • Pool A: Australia, Ireland, Spain and South Africa
    • Pool B: New Zealand, Fiji, Great Britain, Brazil
    • Pool C: USA, France, Canada, Japan
  • World Rugby has outlined a remodeled 7s Series kicking off in December 2023 with seven festival style events, across seven global destinations
    • Will feature the best 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams


  • Blackrock College and defending champions Railway Union, the top two finishers in the table, will contest next Friday‘s Energia All-Ireland League Women’s Division final
  • Round 3 of Allianz Premier saw Bristol Bears bounce back, Gloucester-Hartpury go top, Harlequins stun the reigning champions, Exeter Chiefs put in a statement performance at Sandy Park, and Sale Sharks mark their best ever start
  • Scotland’s Tennent’s Premiership is getting closer to their post season with semi-final spots secured for Stirling County, Corstorphine, Watsonian, and either Heriot’s Blues or Hillhead Jordanhill
  • Valsugana leads Italy’s Excellence Championships with 15 points but is chased by CUS Milan and Color
  • Uganda Cup semi-finals were pushed to this weekend:
    • Thunderbirds and Lira Matrix
    • Lira Strikers vs Avengers
  • The Midwest won USA’s Mary Graham All Stars tournament after defeating Capital 46-0
  • The USA NCR and CRAA College National Championships were this past weekend:
    • NCR
      • D1: Michigan
      • D2: UW-Eau Claire 
      • Small College: Endicott
    • CRAA
      • D1 Elite: Lindenwood
      • D1 Fall Champion: Navy
      • D2 Fall Champion: Vassar

Women’s Rugby Features

  • Bristol Bears women have become the first team in the Allianz Premier 15s to include players’ names on the back of their shirts
  • Scrum Queens dives deep into the announced World Rugby 7s Series
  • Worcester Warriors’ preferred bidders – fronted by Jim O’Toole – have been given two more weeks to finalize their bid for the relegated Premiership club
  • Beatriz (Bea) Casares Fernández moved from the region of Galicia in the north-west of Spain to Scotland in 2018 and knew she wanted to find rugby immediately
  • It suddenly occurred to me on Saturday just how many men, at the top of their game, were involved in the fixture – so Claire Thomas wrote about it for RugbyPass
  • A countdown ‘shot clock’ timer on scrums, line-outs and kicks at goal could be introduced to help speed up the game before the 2023 Rugby World Cup
  • An Australian parliamentary committee will examine concussion & repeated head trauma in contact sports due to growing concern about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)
  • Unless the rugby authorities seize the problem of traumatic head injuries “by the scruff of the neck” parents will not allow their children to play the sport, says former Wales flanker Alix Popham

Women’s Rugby Media

  • Despite being deaf in one ear, Australia’s Kirby Sefo has never let her disability hold her back
  • Jersey RFC’s Seren Coombs was featured on ITV Channel TV’s One to Watch!
  • Kathryn Treder, Inupiaq and Aleut, tells ICT what it was like to play in the Rugby World Cup
  • Allianz Premier All In features Exeter Chief’s Georgie Grimes
  • Siwan Lillicrap talks about her decision to retire from international rugby and the progress the Welsh women’s game has made
  • Progressive Rugby’s Tim Stimpson spoke candidly with
    Dr Kirsten van Heerden about the criticism by current players for speaking vocally about the dangers of head trauma

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