Welcome to the top women’s rugby news in under 60 seconds for Jan 2-8. The year began with coaching changes by USA, Fiji, and Sweden while Japan extended their coach into 2024.
In domestic XV news, Gloucester-Hartpury continues to lead Allianz Premier, Munster and Leinster won in the opening weekend of Ireland’s Interprovincial Championships, and Montpellier is on top of France’s Elite 1.
In 7s news, Europe announced that 7s will debut at the 2023 European Games. Teams include Belgium, Czech Republic, Spain, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden and Turkey and the gold medallist will qualify for the 2024 Olympics.
We close out the week with 16 features and 11 media.
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tl;dr: Women’s Rugby in 60 secs for Jan 2-8 saw coaching changes by USA, Fiji, Sweden and Japan extend their coach into 2024.
60 Second Video Update
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Top Women’s Rugby Stories
- USA’s Rob Cain has stepped down after four years and assistant coach Richard Ashfield is has become the interim head coach
- Lesley McKenzie to continue as Japan’s head coach into 2024
- Fiji’s Senirusi Seruvakula has stepped down head coach and his role as Fijiana Drua head coach for the Super W
- Claire Cruikshank has resigned as Sweden’s head coach and Tamara Taylor has been appointed replacement head coach
- Gloucester-Hartpury continues to lead Allianz Premier while Exeter and Harlequins chase
- Munster and Leinster won in the opening weekend of Ireland’s Interprovincial Championships
- Montpellier Herault is on top of France’s Elite 1 but is only leading by a few points ahead of Bordeaux and Section Paloise
- Europe announced that 7s will debut at the 2023 European Games and it will serve as a qualifier for the 2024 Olympics
- Teams include Belgium, Czech Republic, Spain, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden and Turkey
Women’s Rugby Features
- The American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, UK considers a bid to host the 2025 Rugby World Cup
- Review the highs and lows of Scotland rugby
- World Rugby profiles the retiring class of 2022
- They appeared to miss France’s Laure Sansus who tore her ACL at the RWC and announced her retirement
- The US Women’s Rugby Foundation announced the 2023 Kathy Flores Lifetime Achievement Award, the inaugural recipients include Martha Daines, Nancy Fitz, Barb Fugate, Liz Kirk, MaryBeth Mathews, Julia McCoy, Krista McFarren, and Karen Onufry
- In partnership with England Rugby, the Rugby Black List was announced with the aim of celebrating the achievements of black role models, with the hope that many more follow in their footsteps
- Rugby Pass’ Finn Morton explores what the Black Ferns will do without Wayne Smith
- Scotland’s Hollie Davidson led first all-female officiating team for Challenge Cup clash
- Fiji adds a domestic competition to strengthen pathways for their women’s clubs
- All Blacks legend Carl Hayman reveals his regret at not retiring sooner as he deals with dementia diagnosis at 43
- Ex-British & Irish Lions stars join brain injury legal action; they join more than 200 male and female’s players’ action
- Aberdeen Grammar chairman Gordon Thomson has raised his concerns that World Rugby and the SRU are not doing enough to highlight the increased risks of concussion to female rugby players
Women’s Rugby Media
- Squidge revealed their Team of the Year in 6 videos
- TG4 tells remarkable story of the journey of the Ireland Women’s Rugby, fighting for opportunity, success, recognition, and to inspire the next generation to take up the game and compete
- Hosts Dallen Stanford & Robin MacDowell are joined by legend Kelly Griffin for #RugbyHive Episode 32
- England and Harlequin Shaunagh Brown reflects on her career and the impact she has made as she bids farewell
- Gloucester-Hartpury’s Sean Lynn, joins Millie and Enya to talk about his love of rugby, role models and roast beef
Thank you Rob, for an integral 4 years. Wishing you the best. https://t.co/j2Y0DYWegt— USA Rugby (@USARugby) January 5, 2023
Excited to welcome two experienced coaches into the interim roles. https://t.co/DxUrVoTgcQ— USA Rugby (@USARugby) January 5, 2023
More news from Sweden, where @Timmytammy8 has been appointed new head coach for Sweden XVs team, replacing Claire Cruilshank, who resigned earlier this week. @svenskrugby open their European Championship campaign against Netherlands on 12th February. https://t.co/xeIY6reYtY pic.twitter.com/r4RDP33kbB— Scrumqueens - Women’s Rugby (@ScrumQueens) December 23, 2022
Brighton could become a host city for the Women's Rugby World Cup in 2025https://t.co/DzW4U5P9vC— Sussex Live (@SussexLive) January 6, 2023
Scotland’s Hollie Davidson to lead first all-female officiating team https://t.co/O0QFq24Pwu— The Irish Times (@IrishTimes) January 5, 2023
Rugby Black List set to inspire future generationshttps://t.co/xvsBZfEqJe— The Voice Newspaper (@TheVoiceNews) January 4, 2023
Brain Injury Crisis
More sad news on its way it seems.https://t.co/kTbpxXEmpi— Progressive Rugby (@ProgressiveRug) December 29, 2022
We will continue to push for the key changes we believe are needed to ensure the risk of neurodegenerative issues to current and future elite players is reduced as far as possible.
Aberdeen Grammar chairman Gordon Thomson has raised concerns World Rugby and the SRU are not doing enough to highlight increased risks of concussion to female rugby players.— Progressive Rugby (@ProgressiveRug) December 23, 2022
“It’s wrong to go on the premise that women are the same as men,” he said.https://t.co/UjrsFXgF2i
The curtain comes down on the Team of the Year! Last year it was triple skippers as Siya Kolisi, Michael Hooper, and Michele Lamaro made up the back row. Will any of them squeeze back into the most competitive positions in the team?https://t.co/UumA7HwbuC pic.twitter.com/1pr57lmORt— Squidge Rugby (@SquidgeRugby) January 7, 2023
Team of the Year moves into the boiler house that's about to boil over. Last year eternally terrifying Springbok Eben Etzebeth partnered Red Rose Poppy Cleall in the second row. Can either keep their place, and who will wear four and five shirts for 2022?https://t.co/3gyRTaVfRk pic.twitter.com/MazZHnUwaF— Squidge Rugby (@SquidgeRugby) January 6, 2023
Team of the Year continues! And it’s the big one, literally. In 2021, Argentina captain Julien Montoya squeezed himself between Wales' Wyn Jones and English icon Shaunagh Brown. Can any of them retain their places for 2022?https://t.co/brneLscB68 pic.twitter.com/lajHNFl48w— Squidge Rugby (@SquidgeRugby) January 5, 2023
The Team of the Year finds it's heartbeat and brain. Last year, Ali Price controversially ousted Antoine Dupont for the nine shirt whilst Beauden Barrett bedded in at 10. Who will run the side for 2022?https://t.co/Pmodmr3Q2B pic.twitter.com/M4R2MkfMMk— Squidge Rugby (@SquidgeRugby) January 4, 2023
Team of the Year continues! Last year, Lukhanyo Am dominated the thirteen channel in 2021, partnered by France's Gael Fickou in the dream team. Can either hold onto their shirt in 2022?https://t.co/pkM13hZ2LE pic.twitter.com/9QdAER8nxU— Squidge Rugby (@SquidgeRugby) January 3, 2023
It's time! The 2022 Squidge Rugby Team of the Year starts with the finishers- Last year, Scotland's Stuart Hogg partnered the endless tries scored by Will Jordan and Makazole Mapimpi. Who will be taking their shirts for 2022?https://t.co/soZsjcQhDI pic.twitter.com/H3uUvO2bFG— Squidge Rugby (@SquidgeRugby) January 2, 2023