Welcome to the Women’s Rugby Rundown for Sep 17-24. It was a busy weekend as teams continued their preparations for the WXV. In a rematch of the 2021 RWC semi-final, Canada remained competitive in the first half but the Red Roses eventually pulled away to secure a 50-24 victory. The return of the Barbarians saw them triumph over South Africa with a final score of 38-26. The Kenya Lionesses concluded their South Africa tour with a 22-17 loss to the San Clemente Rhinos. Meanwhile, the Springboks also faced the San Clemente Rhinos, emerging victorious with a 22-17 win. Additionally, the USA announced its interim coaching staff, including Milton Haig, Rich Ashfield, John Haggart, and Melodie Bosman, for the upcoming WXV tournament.
In Premier & Club news, the WPL closed out their league season with victories for Berkeley, New York, and Life West, setting up the semi-finals. The Allianz Cup’s opening round featured wins by Exeter, Sale, Gloucester-Hartpury, and Harlequins. In the Welsh Premiership, Llandaff North leads after Round 3. Watsonian continues their unbeaten streak in Scotland’s Premiership Round 6, and UL Bohemian leads Ireland’s Energia AIL in Round 2.
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In the Women’s Rugby Rundown for Sep 17-24, teams geared up for the WXV, England won over Canada, Barbarians beat South Africa, Kenya lost to San Clemente Rhinos, and the Springboks beat the Rhinos. In Premier & Club news, WPL has their semi-finalists, Allianz Cup opened with wins by Exeter, Sale, Gloucester-Hartpury, and Harlequins, Lan-daff North leads the Welsh Premiership, Watsonian remained unbeaten in Scotland’s Premiership, and UL Bohemian topped Ireland’s Energia AIL.
Women’s Rugby Rundown Video Update
In the Women's Rugby Rundown for Sep 17-24, teams geared up for the WXV, featuring Canada vs. Red Roses, Barbarians vs. South Africa, and Kenya Lionesses vs. San Clemente Rhinos matches. The Springboks also triumphed over the Rhinos. In Premier & Club news, WPL concluded with Berkeley, New York, and Life West victories, Allianz Cup had Exeter, Sale, Gloucester-Hartpury, and Harlequins winning, Lan-daff North led the Welsh Premiership, Watsonian remained unbeaten in Scotland's Premiership, and UL Bohemian topped Ireland's Energia AIL. Watch our video & read the entire update using the link in our bio! #wrugby #rugbyrundown #rugby #rugbyunion #womensrugby♬ original sound - YSCRugby
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Women’s Rugby Rundown News
- In a rematch of the 2021 RWC semi-final, Canada remained competitive in the first half, but the Red Roses eventually pulled away to secure a 50-24 victory [link]
- The return of the Barbarians featured bicycle kicks, swan dives, powerful tackles, clever grubber kicks, and numerous tries galore, with the Babas ultimately triumphing over South Africa with a final score of 38-26 [link]
- The Kenya Lionesses wrapped up their tour of South Africa with a 22-17 loss to the San Clemente Rhinos [link]
- The Black Ferns XV emerged victorious with a 38-12 win over Samoa in the debut match of New Zealand’s newly formed developmental side [link]
- The Springboks defeated a spirited San Clemente Rhinos 22-17 [link]
- USA has announced another interim coaching staff that will go through the WXV with Milton Haig, Rich Ashfield, John Haggart and Melodie Bosman [link]
- This weekend, there are seven matches scheduled as teams continue their preparations for the start of the WXV tournament [link]
- Round three of the 2023 RWC saw wins by Italy, France, Argentina, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales while Georgia and Portugal drew [link]
Premier & Club
- During Round 14 of the WPL, Berkeley, New York, and Life West secured victories. As a result, the semi-finals are locked in, with Berkeley set to host Beantown, and the Gray Wolves set to host New York on October 7th [link]
- The opening round of the Allianz Cup saw wins by Exeter, Sale, Gloucester-Hartpury, and Harlequins [link]
- After 3 rounds Llandaff North leads the Welsh Premiership but is chased by Caereinion Obra, Sevens Sisters, Whitland and Pontyclun [link]
- Round 6 of Scotland’s Premiership saw Watsonian continue their unbeaten streak while Stirling County, Corstorphine and Hillhead Jordanhill improved their standing in the table [link]
- Round 2 of Ireland’s Energia AIL saw UL Bohemian take the top of the table but they are chased by Old Belvedere, Ballincollig, Railway Union, Blackrock, and Suttonians [link]
- Tomorrow, the Asia Games Gold Medal match will feature China competing against Japan, while the Bronze Medal match will see Hong Kong facing off against Thailand [link]
- Asia has moved their Olympica Qualifiers to Osaka City as they expect an increase in the number of teams [link]
- Premier Rugby Sevens saw immense growth in their 2023 campaign [link]
Women’s Rugby Rundown Features
- Will Owen profiled Canada’s Sophie de Goede and her dominating skill set [link]
- World Rugby confirms Emirates Match Official appointments for inaugural WXV competition [link]
- Mackenzie Carson, the first player to represent England under rugby’s new eligibility rule, formerly a Canada prop, has made the switch to the Red Roses and is now prepared to face her homeland [link]
- We recommend checking out this multi-part series by the Leicester Tigers, which is the fifth installment of their journey documenting the evolution of Leicester Tigers Women from Year 1 to Year 2 as they gear up for their inaugural season in Premiership Women’s Rugby, marking the creation of a new chapter in their history [link]
- WRCRA and Akuma are launching a contest to find the fastest player in college rugby! [link]
- We covered the road to the postseason for the WPL [link]
- Ireland announces a continued partnership with Vodafone through 2028 [link]
- Ernie Els’ daughter, Samantha Els, marked her debut with the Springboks [link]
- Scrum Queens chatted with Ciara Griffin ahead of her back-to-back Barbarians games [link]
- Our review underscores the extraordinary growth of World Rugby, with a particular focus on how it is being propelled by youth, women, and emerging nations [link]
- Wales is taking a particular interest in the menstrual cycle and how it can affect players performances [link]
Women’s Rugby Rundown Media
- Wendy returned to Eagles Overseas for her third time to talk about the USA Eagles WNT, the WPL, the WXV, 2023 RWC, and more! [link]
- Head Coach of the Wallaroos [link]