South Africa, Japan Secure WXV 2 Qualification and Oceania Championships Underway | WRR 106

Welcome to the top women’s rugby news in under 60 seconds for May 22-28. South Africa and Japan won the Africa Cup and Asia Championships which qualified them for WXV 2 while Kenya and Kazakhstan placed second which qualified them for WXV 3. In the Oceania Championships, Samoa and Fiji celebrated their first victories, with more matches scheduled for tomorrow and June 4. The team that wins the tournament will secure a spot in WXV 2, while the second-place team will qualify for WXV 3.

In South Africa’s Premier Division, DHL Western Province and Bulls Daisies are currently in the lead, with strong competition from Border Ladies, EP Queens, and the Golden Lions. Meanwhile, Gloucester-Hartpury has secured a home semi-final in the Allianz Premier.

The Premiership 7s revealed the team line-ups for the Texas Team, New York Locals, Pittsburgh Steeltoes, and Northern Loonies, including a group of Black Ferns who will be playing alongside Ruby Tui. The first PR 7s tournament will take place on June 17 in Austin, TX.

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tl;dr: Women’s Rugby in 60 secs for May 22-28 saw South Africa and Japan win the Africa Cup and Asia Championships which qualified them for WXV 2 while Kenya and Kazakhstan placed second which qualified them for WXV 3.

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Your #wrugby News in under 60 seconds for May 22-28 saw South Africa and Japan win the Africa Cup and Asia Championships which qualified them for WXV 2 while Kenya and Kazakhstan placed second which qualified them for WXV 3. Watch our video & read the entire update using the link in our bio! #womensrugby #wrugby #rugbyunion #rugbytok

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  • We now know half of the teams that have qualified for WXV
    • South Africa won the Africa Championship placing them in WXV 2 while Kenya finished second which qualifies them for WXV 3
    • Japan won the Asia Championships placing them in WXV 2 and Kazakhstan finished second which qualifies them for WXV 3
  • South Africa won the Africa Championships by beating Madagascar 79-8 which qualified them for WXV 2
  • Kenya beat Cameroon 52-3 in the Africa Cup and placed second overall which qualified them for WXV 3
  • Japan won the Asia Championships after defeating Kazakhstan 72-0 and both teams qualify for WXV…2 for Japan and 3 for Kazakhstan
    • This is Japan’s 5th ARWC title
  • Samoa and Fiji won their first matches in the Oceania Championships, more matches occur on May 30 and June 4
  • USA announced their U23 traveling squad for the Americas Rugby Trophy competition in South America
  • Wales announced three new development centers aimed at underpinning “the recent success of the Wales women’s senior side”
  • Munster announced a double header with their men and women facing off against the Barbarians on Saturday, September 30 at Thomond Park

Premier & Club

  • DHL Western Province and Bulls Daisies now lead South Africa’s Premier Division but are chased by Border Ladies, EP Queens and the Golden Lions
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  • PR 7s released a few rosters this week, their first event is June 17 in Austin, TX

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  • Gallagher Global became an official partner of WXV and #RWC2023 earlier this month, and two greats of the women’s game were on hand to mark the historic occasion

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WXV Qualifier Update:

South Africa won the Africa Championship placing them in WXV 2 while Kenya finished second which qualifies them for WXV 3

Japan won the Asia Championships placing them in WXV 2 and Kazakhstan finished second which qualifies them for WXV 3

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