Under the Posts – Dec 2-8

2019 Seven de La Republica tournament - Argentina Women's Rugby

This week in women’s rugby we’re covering the 2020 WRCRA Conference, wrap-up of college rugby in the USA for the year, updated World Rugby rankings, Dubai 7s and also previewing Cape Town 7s. We also highlight several interviews with Freya Aucken, Sophie De Goede, Maud Miru, Lucky Nirere and Rachel Malcom. Then we take a … Read more

Pittsburgh Forge Women seeking Head Coach!

Pittsburgh Forge

The Pittsburgh Forge Rugby Club (PFRC) consists of four (4) competitive sides; Men’s Division II, III, IV and Women’s Division II all competing in the Midwest Competition Region (MCR). The women’s side consists of forty-nine (49) registered players with thirty-five (35) regularly attending training and games. The Forge women went undefeated in their inaugural regular season (2018) and made it to Midwest Playoffs in each of their first two seasons. They are also actively developing a second side while searching for a Head Coach for immediate hire.

The Head Coach is expected to make a commitment of time, energy, and effort to the development of our women’s side. All of the club’s sides compete in a fall XV’s season. Due to MCR seasonality, the spring season is a mixture of friendly matches, tours, tournaments, ‘Select Side’ competition and qualifying matches (if the USAR playoffs are achieved).

The Forge trains twice per week in the evenings and plays approximately six (6) league matches per season (per side). Away fixtures could be as far as five (5) hours in some cases. Friendly matches, tournaments, and playoff competition have taken us to places like Tennessee, the Carolinas, Florida and Iowa. The team would require the coach to also attend team meetings, serve on some committees, and be available to conduct individual feedback sessions at the coach’s discretion. The Head Coach would also have the ability to build a coaching staff for assistance.

The Head Coach would be expected to lead the team in providing development to all of the players, regardless of level and skill.

Expectations include:

Must USA Rugby Level 200 Coaching Certification (Level 300 is preferred);
Ability to create game strategies and develop players of all skill levels;
Ability to coach both forwards and backs;
Regularly attendance at games and training sessions;
Possess strong leadership and communication skills;
Possess a motivation to continue rugby education and to build one’s knowledge set;
Research opponents for appropriate game prep;
Be accessible for players to request feedback regarding game play, fitness, rugby IQ, etc.
What we have to offer to you:

A seasonal stipend commensurate with experience;
An atmosphere of competitive players willing to constantly learn;
A large alumni network for professional connections (see “Note” below);
A professionally ran club with an active Board of Directors.
If interested, please provide the following to PGHForgeRugby@gmail.com:

Professional Resume;
Rugby Resume;
At least one (1) rugby reference;
An explanation of coaching style, strategy, and any additional information you deem necessary to share.
We will be accepting coaching applications throughout the winter months in hopes or hiring a permanent coach for the Spring 2020 season. Interviews will be offered on a rolling basis once appropriate documents are received. We thank you in advance for your interest in coaching our club and look forward to learning about what you can bring to our organization.

Sincerely,

PFRC Coaching Committee

PghForgeRugby@gmail.com

Note: We understand that coaching is a serious commitment and other factors affect your ability to coach. We are ready to supply access to our rugby network within the city if necessary for job placement. Please inform us of what assistance, if anything, you would be looking for from the club.

Under the Posts – Nov 18-24

Kat Merchant talks with Women's Sport Monthly about concussions

This week we saw the Black Ferns Developmental side win the Oceania Rugby Championship, Wales defeat Crawshay 29-8, Japan upset Scotland 24-20, Canada swept the USA in the CANAM series and England dominated Italy 60-3. We also catch up with the All-Ireland League, and the Barbarians announce their to face Wales. More news  in the  … Read more

Under the Posts – Nov 11-17

Samoa over PNG - 2019 Oceania Rugby Championships

This week is we look at all of the Internationals starting with New Zealand A and Samoa taking wins in the Oceania Rugby Championship, Czech wins their second European Trophy, England over France, Occitan over Spain, Italy and Japan draw and Wales defeats Scotland.  We also cover NIRA finalists, NSCRO semi0finalists and USA Rugby DI … Read more

Under the Posts – Oct 28 – Nov 3

2019 European Trophy Women's Rugby - Sweden

The big women’s rugby stories this week include the upcoming South America Rugby (SAR7s), Sweden over Finland in the European Trophy, Spain defeated Wales and England took the first Rugby X tournament. We also cover the French Elite League, Glendale takes the 2019 WPL Championships, and we highlight the NIRA semi-finals as well as the … Read more

Under the Posts – Oct 20-27

Canterbury claims third Farah Palmer Cup title

We realized last week that our ‘Under the Posts’ entries were spanning Sunday to Saturday and often splitting a weekend of rugby. So this week we’ll be transitioning to a Monday through Sunday week and that should give us better coverage! This week’s big stories include the busiest year of women’s test rugby ever, the … Read more

Under the Posts – Oct 13-19

Harvard women's rugby dominates over Notre Dame

Another big week in women’s rugby with the release of  the Dubai 7s pools and fixtures, Newcastle is launching a women’s side, a draw in the first match of the Rugby Europe Women’s Trophy and lots of #rugbyjobs postings. We also catch up with results from Tyrrells Premier, Farah Palmer Cup and the Women’s Premier … Read more

Under the Posts – Sep 22-28

This week we continue our new format with commentary inline with the twitter cards below. Big stories include Leinster winning Ireland’s Interpro Championships for the second year, Australia and New Zealand announce their Glendale 7s squads and the 2020 Six Nations fixtures are released. As always, those are just the highlights so keep reading! Can’t … Read more

Under the Posts – Sep 15-21

Japan wins the second leg of the Asian Sevens

We like to think we’re always evolving our site and the coverage we bring you. We’re continuing our weekly news curation but we’ll be moving the summaries inline with the tweet cards. This format will allow us to offer more opinions and commentary that relate to each story. Note that opinions and commentary from YSC … Read more

WANTED: Black Ice Women’s Rugby Head Coach

Black Ice Women's Rugby

Black Ice Women’s Rugby is seeking a qualified and motivated Head Coach for the Spring 2020 competitive season. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a competitive and talented Division Women’s rugby club in Denver, CO. If interested, contact blackicerugbypresident@gmail.com. For more information on our team, go to https://www.denverblackicerugby.com/.