Wallaroos Announce Jo Yapp as Head Coach, Guinness Named Title Partner for Six Nations and Monaco to Host Sevens Repechage | WRR 133

Welcome to the Women’s Rugby Rundown for December 11-17. The Wallaroos have recently revealed Jo Yapp as their new full-time head coach. Additionally, Guinness has been announced as the title partner for both the Men’s and Women’s Six Nations, and Monaco is set to host the World Rugby Sevens Repechage for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Let’s take a closer look at why the appointment of Jo Yapp is so important for Australia. Yapp is a former Red Rose with an impressive playing career that included captaining the team to a World Cup Final. Yapp, who played 70 games for England, transitioned to coaching and played a key role in developing talent as the head coach of England’s U20 program. With experience as the director of rugby at Worcester and coaching the Barbarians, Yapp aims to elevate the Australian women’s rugby program after a successful 2023 season. This hiring coincides with the appointment of the first Women’s High-Performance Manager in August, marking a crucial advancement in the growth of women’s rugby in Australia.

In other huge news, Guinness is the first sponsor to ever become the title partner for both the Men’s and Women’s Six Nations. This long-term partnership aims to elevate both Championships as globally esteemed events, emphasizing Guinness’s significant support for women’s rugby since becoming the first partner of the Women’s Six Nations in 2019.

Turning to 7s, Monaco will host the 2024 Sevens Repechage, determining the final place in the Paris 2024 Olympics, featuring 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams in a three-day competition scheduled for June 21-23, 2024. The women’s tournament appears highly competitive, featuring Argentina, China, Czechia, Hong Kong China, Kenya, Jamaica, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Poland, Samoa, and Uganda, with Czechia making their debut in the Repechage.

In Premier & Clubs news, Stirling County secured their second consecutive Scotland’s Women’s Premiership title, orchestrating a remarkable comeback from a 19-0 deficit to defeat Watsonians 26-19. We made a final update to our 2023-24 USA Club Women’s Rugby Guide as most teams take a break until the New Year. The Kenya Cup has been postponed, with new dates expected in 2024. In the fifth round of Allianz PWR, champions Gloucester-Hartpury narrowly edged out Exeter 31-27 in a rematch of last year’s final, but the Saracens maintain their position at the top of the table. In France’s Elite 1, Bordeaux and Toulouse lead their respective pools, maintaining undefeated records after the completion of round 4. CRAT claimed the top spot in the Iberdrola.

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tl;dr: In the Women’s Rugby Rundown for Dec 11-17, Jo Yapp is announced as the Wallaroos’ new head coach. Guinness partners with both Men’s and Women’s Six Nations, and Monaco hosts the World Rugby Sevens Repechage for Paris 2024. Stirling County secures the Scotland’s  Women’s Premiership title with a comeback win. Updates include the USA Club Women’s Rugby Guide, Kenya Cup postponement, Saracens leading Allianz PWR, and Bordeaux and Toulouse undefeated in France’s Elite 1. CRAT tops the Iberdrola standings.

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XVs

International

  • Wallaroos announce Jo Yapp as new full-time head coach [link]
  • Guinness becomes title partner of Men’s and Women’s Six Nations [link]
  • World Rugby and Kenya Rugby Union Launch Girls Participation Program to Boost Rugby in Kenya [link]
  • ‘Women’s Rugby Rundown’ is now available on Spotify and Apple Music; subscribe today to never miss a weekly episode [link]

Premier & Club

  • Stirling County claimed the Women’s Premiership title for the second consecutive year, staging a remarkable comeback from 19-0 down to defeat Watsonians 26-19 in the final, with teenage stand-off Ceitidh Ainsworth leading the charge and earning the player-of-the-match honors [link]
  • We provided our last update of the year on USA’s Club play [link]
  • The Kenya Cup has been postponed with new dates expected in 2024 [link]
  • In the fifth round of Allianz PWR, Exeter was narrowly edged out 27-31 by champions Gloucester-Hartpury but the Saracens remain at the top of the table [link]
  • Following the completion of round 4 in France’s Elite 1, Bourdeaux and Toulouse stand atop their respective pools, maintaining undefeated records [link]
  • CRAT Residencia Rialta secures the top spot in the Iberdrola Rugby League standings after clinching a bonus-point victory against Ghenova Cocos Rugby in Seville on the last day of the 2023 season [link]

7s

International

  • Monaco set to host World Rugby Sevens Repechage for Paris 2024 Olympics [link]

Women’s Rugby Rundown Features

  • ‘Nose to the grindstone’: Meet the other ‘Hamma’ who can help change Australian rugby forever [link]
  • 2023: A record year for international XVs [link]
  • Sam Peters’ book on the uncomfortable truth of concussions is now available [link]
  • Les Elder: In Her Own Words; Part one of a two part kōrero with a Black Fern captain [Part 1 link] [Part 2 link]
  • England’s Zoe Harrison reflects on what football taught her and looking forward [link]
  • Loughborough’s Carys Williams-Morris shares what the future and her role with the Women’s Rugby Association means to her [link]
  • John Mitchell: England head coach says Red Roses can become ‘phenomenal’ [link]
  • ‘I’m not Eddie Jones’: New coach John Mitchell promises commitment to Red Roses [link]
  • Wales confirmed the Head Coaches for new Celtic Challenge sides Gwalia Lightning & Brython Thunder! [link]
  • Why is Mummy So Muddy?’ – written and illustrated by Dundee Rugby Club Valkyries player Sally Myles [link]
  • Talking Rugby Union catches up with former Red Roses Boss Simon Middleton [link]

Women’s Rugby Rundown Media

  • Former Worcester Director of Rugby receives a special message from her players [link]
  • England Head Coach John Mitchell sat down to share his plan for the 2025 Rugby World Cup [link]
  • Sam Monaghan shares her rugby journey [link]
  • Episode 2 of The Rugby Rundown featured USA’s Kate Zachary among other topics [link]
  • England’s Maud Muir and Sadia Kabeya are joined by Performance Nutritionist Laura Andrews to discuss those topics that don’t normally make it beyond the team [link]
  • Over 100 girls on the WXV 2 Legacy Program have been getting to know the sport through T1 rugby [link]
  • Daisy Hibbert-Jones speaks about changing perceptions and increasing opportunities for people with disabilities through rugby in episode three of ‘WXV: Deep Meaningful Conversations’ [link]
  • Michaela Blyde becomes the second woman to reach 200 SVNS Series tries [link]
  • HSBC SVNS Dream Team for Cape Town 7s [link]

Rugby Jobs

  • USA Rugby Club 7s Competition Committee Chair [link]
  • Fiji HP Referee Mananger [link]
  • Fiji Rugby Development Officer [link]

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