WXV Competitions and Final RWC Spots | WRR 159

Welcome to WRR 159 for June 24-30. France clinched the Europe Championship Series titles in Hamburg. The Women’s Rugby Sevens tournament at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris is set for July 28-30. Traci Young, part of the YSCRugby family, is donating part of her liver to Mike Tolkin. Wales qualified for WXV 2 and the 2025 RWC by beating Spain, while Spain qualified for WXV 3 and still has a chance at the 2025 RWC. Brazil made history by beating Colombia and qualifying for the 2025 RWC. The WXV is set with competitions in Canada, South Africa, and Dubai from September 27 to October 13, with two RWC spots left for the WXV 3 winner and runner-up. We round up all the global Premier and Club competitions worldwide.

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International

  • France will head into the Paris Olympics on a high later this month after they clinched the Europe Championship Series titles for 2024 in Hamburg over the weekend [link]
    • Ukraine and Turkey will be relegated from the Championship to the Trophy
  • More Women’s Rugby Sevens Paris 2024 Olympics rosters are being released as we get closer to the event at the end of the month [link]
  • Traci Young, part of the YSCRugby family, is donating part of her liver to Mike Tolkin, exemplifying the deep bonds and spirit of generosity within the sport [link]
  • PR 7s shared that beyond Rise there will be no competition this summer but to stay tuned for announcements after the Olympics [link]
  • The stage is set for an exhilarating Women’s Rugby Sevens tournament at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, scheduled to take place from July 28 to 30 at Stade de France [link]
  • Portia Woodman-Wickliffe has announced that the Paris Olympics will mark the end of her illustrious international rugby career [link]
    • Alice Soper got the scoop that it’s not the end of seeing Portia tearing up the pitch domestically though! [link]

XVs

International

  •  Wales qualified for WXV 2 and the 2025 RWC by beating Spain  52-20
    • Spain qualified for WXV 3 and still has a chance at qualifying for the 2025 RWC
  • Brazil made history by beating Colombia 34-13 for the first time ever and qualifying for the 2025 Rugby World Cup
  • The WXV is now set with all teams with competition taking place in Canada, South Africa and Dubai from September 27-October 13 [link]
  • The 2025 RWC is almost set with only two spots left for the WXV 3 winner and runner-up [link]
  • The Women’s U20 Six Nations Summer Series kicks off on July 4 and runs through three rounds, ending on July 14 [link]
  • Rugby Americas North (RAN) has confirmed that the 2024 Women’s XVs tournament, taking place July 10-14, will now be held at FC Total in Querétaro, Mexico [link]
    • RAN indicated that participating teams, pools, and schedule will be announced shortly
    • The USA South Panthers are the current champions of this event, which generally features four to five countries including Jamaica, USA, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic, and Cayman Islands [link]
  • 2025 Rugby World Cup tickets will go on sale in September and maybe we will finally see the schedule? [link]

Premier & Club

  • The Bulls Daisies dominated the Sharks 75-8, scoring 11 tries and conceding just one in the South Africa Premier Division’s sole match this weekend [link]
  • New England won Tier 2 and earned promotion to Tier 1 at the USA Rugby U23 All-Star 15s Championship, while Midwest also secured promotion to Tier 1, and Rocky Mountain and South were named Tier 1 champions after their match was called due to inclement weather [link]
  • The fixtures for the 2024/25 Energia All-Ireland League season have been announced today with the Women’s Division kicking off on Saturday, September 28 [link]

Women’s Rugby Rundown Features

  • Fresh from her hat-trick heroics in the AIL Cup Final, Six Nations spoke to winger Chisom Ugwueru ahead of the Women’s Summer Series [link]
  • A Red Roses star from Surrey and an Irish international might not make the perfect match when it comes to watching rugby, but there are no rules when it comes to love [link]
  • Wales’ star backrow, Alex Callender, has overcome personal tragedy, the folding of her professional club and Six Nations disappointment to provide a rallying cry ahead of the crucial WXV fixture with Spain [link]
  • Paving the path for injury prevention in rugby-7s: A systematic review and meta-analysis by Muhammed Rizaan Behardien, Janesh Ganda, Kathryn Dane, Stephen W. West, Carolyn A. Emery, Ben Jones, Sharief Hendricks [link]
  • We honored Laurel “Lo” Stender in our Pioneers of the Pitch series, celebrating her spirit and dedication that left an indelible mark on our rugby community [link]
  • Matt Merritt shares his take on interesting time for #PWR, as a new troupe of stars prepare to take centre stage [link]
  • Scotland U20s’ Hannah Walker cannot wait to represent her country in the upcoming Women’s Summer Series [link]
  • National Collegiate Rugby names 2023-24 Scholastic All Americans [link]
  • Kate Williams’ rookie season ‘the best it could have gone’ [link]
  • Sevens star Caslick reveals Wallaroos World Cup dream [link]
  • Pitfalls and potential of professionalism in Premiership Women’s Rugby [link]
  • Yapp looking for growth as Wallaroos training squad locked in for July Tests [link]
  • A former competitive skier who’s now picked up the whistle, for Beatrice Smussi, 2024 is shaping up to be a standout year [link]

Women’s Rugby Rundown Media

  • WRP 193 reflects on the PWR Final with Sarah Hunter, Tatyana Heard and Dave Ward [link]
  • “Isn’t it bloody obvious?” – rugby legend Brian Moore on why there should be 50-50 representation at the top of sport with Ali Donnelly [link]
  • The Welsh Rugby Union has outlined its five-year plan to rescue the national game in Wales [link]
  • With the final team now confirmed, the pools for the Paris 2024 Olympic Women’s Rugby are set [link]
  • Some great scenes from domestic women’s rugby in India [link]
  • Her Sport chatted with Beibhinn Parsons, who will be heading to Paris in just one month to make her Olympic debut with the Irish Rugby 7s team [link]
  • The women’s qualification process for the Paris 2024 Olympic rugby sevens tournament started in November 2022 and concluded in June 2024, guaranteeing continental representation from all six World Rugby zones [link]

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