Women’s Rugby News for Jan 2-8

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.

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Your #wrugby News in under 60 seconds for Jan 2-8 saw coaching changes by USA, Fiji, Sweden and Japan extend their coach into 2024. 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

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International

  • 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

Domestic

  • 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

7s

  • 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

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Top Women's Rugby News

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International

https://twitter.com/JRFURugby/status/1607662060674113536

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Domestic https://twitter.com/Premier15s/status/1612367186252767234 https://twitter.com/Elite1Feminine/status/1612411486982356992

7s

https://twitter.com/rugby_europe/status/1612383983186182144
Women's Rugby Features

https://twitter.com/ScotRugbyBlog/status/1610930816636579846

https://twitter.com/yscrugby/status/1611014728859394049

https://twitter.com/BBCRLSport/status/1610685930658041873

https://twitter.com/yscrugby/status/1610697747065180161

https://twitter.com/yscrugby/status/1611060071907180544

Brain Injury Crisis

https://twitter.com/ProgressiveRug/status/1611333855536873473

Women's Rugby Media

https://twitter.com/rugbyhive/status/1611471623965802496

https://twitter.com/btsportrugby/status/1607769424177537025

https://twitter.com/Sara_Orchard/status/1610982979047768065

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