SVNS Grand Final Approaches, Financial Challenges for Fijiana and Kenya, Japan Triumphs in Asia Championships | WRR 142

Welcome to WRR 142 for May 20-26! The HSBC SVNS Grand Final and Playoff kick off in Madrid next weekend, with teams competing for the title and spots in SVNS 2025. Fijiana 7s and Kenya Lionesses are facing financial challenges, while Japan won the Asia Championships. Fiji dominated Tonga in the Oceania Championships, and the Black Ferns crushed Australia in the Pacific Four Series. ARC Lowlanders won the Amanda Mark Cup at the Bingham Cup in Roma. Stay tuned as we round up all the global Premier and Club competitions worldwide!

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@yscrugby Welcome to the Women’s Rugby Rundown for May 20-26! The HSBC SVNS Grand Final and Playoff kick off in Madrid next weekend, with teams competing for the title and spots in SVNS 2025. Fijiana 7s and Kenya Lionesses are facing financial challenges, while Japan won the Asia Championships. Fiji dominated Tonga in the Oceania Championships, and the Black Ferns crushed Australia in the Pacific Four Series. ARC Lowlanders won the Amanda Mark Cup at the Bingham Cup in Roma. Stay tuned as we round up all the global Premier and Club competitions worldwide! Watch our video & read all the news using the link in our bio! Never miss one of our episodes! Subscribe on Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube or Patreon and be sure to follow us on all your favorite social media platforms. #womensrugbyrundown #WRR #rugby #womensrugby #wrugby ♬ original sound – YSCRugby


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7s

International

  • The HSBC SVNS Grand Final and Playoff kick off in Madrid next weekend, May 31 to June 2 [link]
    • The top 8 teams are battling to be crowned the first ever SVNS Champion while the other 8 teams are competing to secure spots in SVNS 2025
    • Pool A Championship: New Zealand, USA, Canada, Great Britain
    • Pool B Championship: Australia, France, Fiji, Ireland
    • Pool A Qualifier: Japan, Spain, China, Poland
    • Pool B Qualifier: Brazil, South Africa, Argentina, Belgium
  • Fijiana 7s slept outside airport, FRU admits after photo evidence comes to light [link]
    • This comes after the FRU failed to pay wages to players last summer [link]
  • The Kenya Lionesses have been unpaid for months despite strong performances in the Africa Cup and 7s Challenger [link]

XVs

International

  • Japan defeated Hong Kong and Kazakhstan to win the Asia Championships, they also qualified for WXV 2 and the 2025 Rugby World Cup [link]
    • Hong Kong 12 Japan 29
    • Japan 64 Kazakhstan 0
    • The winner of the final June 1 match between Hong Kong and Kazakhstan will qualify for WXV 2 as the runner up of the Asia Championships
  • Fiji beat Tonga 48-3 in the first Oceania Championships while the Samoa vs PNG match was postponed; we’ve asked if the match will be rescheduled or not but haven’t heard back [link]
    • Samoa and Papua New Guinea was canceled due to unforeseen travel issues otherwise preventing the Papua New Guinea team from arriving on time
  • The Black Ferns beat Australia 67-19 in the final Pacific Four Series match [link]
    • New Zealand and USA qualified for WXV 1 with their placement of second and third while Australia qualified for WXV 2 [link]
    • All three are already qualified for the 2025 Rugby World Cup as they are in the top two tiers of the WXV [link]
  • ARC Lowlanders of Rugby Amsterdam won the second annual Amanda Mark Cup at the Bingham Cup in Roma over the weekend [link]

Premier & Club

  • Villorba defeated Valsugana 19-12 and became Italian champions of the Serie A Elite for the second time in their history, five years after the historic title in 2019 [link]
  • The Blue Babes won the Netherlands Honor Class by defeating DIOK 31-10 [link]
  • Saracens secured a home semi-final thanks to their narrow 33-31 win over Gloucester Hartpury in Round 17 of Allianz PWR; Loughborough, Bristol and Sale also saw wins [link]
  • DHL Western Province handed the Bulls Daisies their first defeat in two years, while the Border Ladies and Sharks won on the road in Round 6 of the South Africa Premier Division [link]
  • Sao Paulo Capital continues to lead and remains undefeated after 3 rounds in Brasil’s XV league [link]
  • The Guardian gave us a second update on USA’s newest professional league including details on talks with current WPL teams and stipends vs salaries in the first year [link]

Women’s Rugby Rundown Features

  • Sarah Law opens up on living with Axial Spondyloarthritis [link]
  • From novice to leader: Michaela Leonard’s remarkable rise to Wallaroos captain [link]
  • From Dribbles to Tackles: Cienna Jordan’s Journey [link]
  • Ellie Kildunne: ‘I want to inspire in every room that I walk into’ [link]
  • World Rugby and Capgemini announce the next cohort of 25 scholars to take part in the Capgemini Women in Rugby Leadership Programme [link]
  • Teenage star Nicole Flynn eyes Scotland cap thanks to Red Roses mentor [link]

Women’s Rugby Rundown Media

  • PWR shares a feature on Sophie De Goede about “Following in their Footsteps” of her family [link]
  • Eagles Overseas interviewed USA’s Siona Fukofuka and they talked about the big win over Australia, game plan and goals, WXV 1 and the 2025 RWC [link]
  • Jazz Boatswain shares her ‘route to rugby’ with Ugo Monye [link]
  • WRP 188 discusses the final stage of the PWR, the Pacific Four Series and more [link]
  • USA’s JNT Head Coach Martha Daines shares the teams summer plans [link]
  • UL Bohemians ended their six-year wait without a title as they won a RECORD 14th Energia AIL title in a thriller against Railway Union [link]
  • Japan’s Head Coach Lesley McKenzie shares what Japan’s second win in the Asia Championships, their qualification for WXV 2 and the 2025 RWC [link]
  • Dude Perfect visited New Zealand and tried rugby with the All Blacks and Black Fern Kendra Cocksedge [link]

Rugby Jobs

  • South Africa will begin their search for a full-time Women’s XVs Coach soon [link]

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