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  1. Thailand retain SE Asia 7s title

    2017 SEA Gold Medal winners, Thailand.

    These were the 29th biennial South East Asia (SEA) Games, but only the third to include rugby sevens. Rugby first appeared in 2007, but sports played at the games are largely chosen by the hosts, but from 2009 a priority was given to traditional Asian sports.

  2. Pool C: Ireland crash out of home WC

    Ireland 5 France 21

    Ireland crashed out of their home World Cup with a desperately disappointing performance against a quite brilliant French side.

    The England v France semi-final promises to be one of the most anticipated test games in years, as the free flowing French take on the favourites.

    Ireland’s lacklustre campaign so far continued as the game kicked off as they were on the back foot almost immediately. 

  3. Pool B: England & USA still in the Cup


    What was expected to be a tight encounter showed again how strong England are.

    Sarah Hunter’s early chargedown of a kick from Cheta Ember set up England’s first chance, but a 25m penalty only slightly to the right of the posts was missed by Emily Scarratt.

    It mattered little, however, as shortly afterwards on 11 minutes Scarratt herself was fastest to a loose ball behind the US line to start the scoreboard running.

  4. Pool A: Ferns into semis


    After a promising opening few minutes for Canada, a break by Portia Woodman put in Selica Winiata, after which it was all New Zealand. Some impressive Canadian defence initially held the Ferns out, but the power of the Ferns pack was irresistible, and after initially being held up for one score, prop Alodora Itunu scored two quick tries to put New Zealand 19-0 up midway through the first half.

  5. World Cup Day 3 preview

    Canada v New Zealand
    Billings Park, noon

    The opening match of the day could hardly be more appealing. The second and third seeds in the world and the 2014 World Cup finalists versus the team determined to address the failings of three years ago.

    On paper, there is much more pressure on Canada, whose failure to grab a bonus point against Wales means that if they are losing in the later stages in the game, will know they will likely need to stay within seven points of the Ferns to stay on course for the best runner up spot. 

  6. Richards on NZ and World Cup progress

    Richards, who played in four World Cups, praised her former side's performances so far, ahead of their crunch clash with Canada. 

    "I think New Zealand are shaping up well. They looked good during the June test series and have been dominant in their first two games, apart from being a bit ragged in the forwards in the first game. Their backs are looking very dangerous now and the forwards need to continue to step up to the plate and be accurate and dominant."

  7. Day 2: Talking points

    The maths

    The shape of the semi-finals is now becoming clearer.

    After two rounds only four teams are on maximum points – England, France, New Zealand and the United States.

    New Zealand – with the help of Hong Kong – also have a massive points difference advantage, so assuming they beat Canada on Thursday (and nothing we have seen so far suggests they will not), a top semi-final seeding seems likely.

  8. Pool A: Contrasting wins for Canada and Ferns

    New Zealand 121 Hong Kong 0

    New Zealand took just 50 seconds to get on the scoreboard, the first of nine first half tries. Yet it was not a total walkover by any means, some brave defence frustrated New Zealand on several occasions, but again and again the experience, skills and sheer physical size of the Ferns were too much for Hong Kong to be able to hold out for long.

  9. Pool C: Ireland survive, France impress

    Ireland 24 Japan 14

    This was hardly the performance Ireland would have wanted, going into their crucial game against France later this week, but a win is a win, and Ireland's bid to top the pool continues.

    Ireland started well enough with a wealth of possession and with Ciara Griffin carrying hard. but Japan showed early that despite their size disadvantage, they would not be cowed in the tackle.

  10. Ireland v England legends to clash in Belfast

    The game will take place in Belfast at Malone RFC at 7.30pm on Friday 25th August, and features some outstanding former English and Irish players including ex Irish skipper Fiona Coghlan (pictured)

    The planning has been led by ex Irish lock Rosie Foley, who was partly inspired to get the game going having watched her father Brendan and brother Anthony play in legends games over the years.

    Both teams have put together formidable squads for the match.

  11. Pool B: England and USA set up pool decider


    England made it two from two with another comfortable win in their pool, beating Italy 56-13

    England’s form players included backs Danielle Waterman, Rachael Burford and Katy Mclean, who are using all of their experience to help England find space and exploit weaknesses in the wide channels. 

    Also impressive was Marlie Packer who made a strong start, full of vim and vigour in her running game, with Amber Reed controlling it well as England held all the early possession. 

  12. World Cup: Round Two Previews

    New Zealand v Hong Kong

    It would be nice to come up with some sort of scenario where Hong Kong do not have a repeat of their 98-0 defeat to Canada, but it is exceedingly hard to do so. The mathematics of qualification for the tournament means that New Zealand cannot show any mercy as their ranking (or, if the worst happened in next week, their place) in the semi-finals will almost certainly come down to point difference. So expect that New Zealand will be aiming to match Canada’s scoring spree.

  13. Day One: 5 talking points

    USA...the dark horse?

    The United States game against Italy has been slightly overshadowed by other games, but it should not be.

    Played at 100mph for much of the 80 minutes, it was a remarkable match with the much more experienced Italians trrying to hold on to the tail of a tiger. The USA had a very poor record coming into this, but that was all thanks to their trying out a whole raft of new players – in essence we had not seen the real USA team since 2014.

    And they were a revelation, even if at times their own worst enemy.

  14. Pool C: Ireland win thriller, France win easily

    Ireland 19 Australia 17

    In the game of the day, Australia gave Ireland a huge fright in a fantastic end to end contest which delighted the big crowd. 

    Australia would rue a straightforward conversion miss which would have handed them a vital draw but they will be proud of what was a superb performance in spite of their limited test experience in recent years. 

    Australia started with blistering pace with Cheyanne Campbell, Sharni Williams and Shannon Parry all heavily involved in some great go forward play. 

  15. Pool A: Ferns and Canada too strong


    Wales had their moments in the opening game at Billings Park. Their forwards in particular held – and at times had the better of – the much bigger New Zealand pack, but the Ferns backs were always ready to make the most of every opportunity.

  16. Pool B: Great starts for England and USA

    England 56 Spain 5

    As expected, England dealt with the Spanish challenge, winning comfortably, and coach Simon Middleton will be pleased to have given game time to a wide spread of players over the 80 minutes. 

    Spain tackled bravely and looked full of spark at times but could do little to stop England’s power up front, with the English pack working tirelessly to create space and width for the finishers, most notably Kay Wilson who bagged four tries. 

  17. World Cup: Round One Previews

    Read our team by team previews before it all kicks off.

  18. World Cup Preview: England

    Women’s Rugby World Cup Record: 1991 (Runners-up), 1994 (Champions), 1998 (3rd), 2002 (Runners-up), 2006 (Runners-up), 2010 (Runners-up), 2014 (Champions)
    All Time Record: Played 248  Won 204  Drawn 4  Lost 40 Points for 7929 Points Against 2338
    Results since 2014: Played 30 Won 22 Lost 8  Points for 762 Points Against 405


  19. Canada’s juniors whitewash USA

    Photo: USA rugby

    The remarkable Canadian rugby production line shows no sign of slowing after a week of international U18 and U20 rugby in Ottawa.

    U18 series

    This was the first CanAm series at this age group – and on the second ever series, after Canada’s series in England in 2016.

    1st August: Game 1: Canada 58, United States 12

  20. World Cup Preview: New Zealand

    Women's Rugby World Cup Record: 1991 (Third), 1998 (Champions), 2002 (Champions), 2006 (Champions), 2010 (Champions), 2014 (Fifth)
    All time results: Played 87  Won 76, Drawn 1, Lost 10, Points For 3315, Points Against 686
    Results Since 2014: Played 11, Won 10, Lost 1, Points For 385, Points Against 149


  21. The "other" World Cup: Utrecht Shield

    England will "defend" the Utrecht Shield against Spain on Wednesday

    In most sports the way to decide who is the champion team is to have a tournament – a league, or knockout, or a combination of the two. More recently (with the help of computers to crunch all the numbers) ranking systems have also become popular.

    But in earlier times it was the “challenge” method that was most preferred, with the current champion taking on “challengers” until they were beaten, at which point the successful challenger would become champion.

  22. World Cup: Streaming for non-broadcast games

    It has now been confirmed by World Rugby that World Cup matches not shown live by broadcasters with rights to the World Cup, which starts on Wednesday, should be available on live stream on the World Cup website.

    In a statement to Scrumqueens, World Rugby have now said that:

    “Games not shown by ITV/S4C [in the UK] will be live streamed. 

    The same for NBC in the United States.

    In France both France Television & Eurosport will be joint broadcasters in the territory.

  23. Merchant: 7s focus means a stronger England pack

    Kat - first of all,how do you think England are shaping up for the World Cup and what do you make of their form over the last year?
    England are in fantastic form leading into this tournament. 

    They are Grand Slam Champions and put in some impressive 6 Nations performances against Ireland and Wales. 

    In the summer, beating the Black Ferns in New Zealand was another impressive display of how far they have come.

    They will be wanting to come through the pool stages as number 1 seed and I expect that they will do this. 

  24. China win Asian U20 7s

    Report from Asia Rugby. On the first day China displayed a relentless defence as they kept all of their opponents scoreless while racking up convincing wins, 32-0 over Singapore, 36-0 over Uzbekistan, 32-0 over India and an emphatic 24-0 victory over the defending U20 champions, Thailand in the last match of the day.

  25. World Cup Preview: Canada

    Women's Rugby World Cup Record: 1991 (Fifth), 1994 (Sixth), 1998 (Fourth), 2002 (Fourth), 2006 (Fourth), 2010 (Sixth), 2014 (Runners-Up)
    Results since 2014: Played 14, Won 7, Lost 7

    Canada v Hong Kong, Billings Park, UCD, 5.15pm, Wednesday, August 9
    Canada v Wales, Billings Park, UCD, 5pm, Sunday, August 13
    Canada v New Zealand, Billings Park, UCD, 12pm, Thursday, August 17

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