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  1. Should women play with a smaller ball?

    SIMON MIDDLETON

    ENGLAND WOMEN’S COACH

    I think playing with smaller balls would help improve the game and create a better spectacle. There was great attacking play in the World Cup and there’s a real commitment to play that brand of rugby in the women’s game. A smaller ball would reinforce that.

    We experimented with it in sevens before the Olympics, trialling a ball between sizes four and five. It was received positively by players and coaches.

  2. Varsity rivalries to be renewed at Twickenham

    As the former England head coach, Street is well used to preparing his team for big games at Twickenham. Street had in fact never lost a game coaching sides at Twickenham until the first Varsity match in 2015 when he watched his new charges go down 52-0 in the first Varsity day which featured the women's side as a double header. 

    Doing the job alongside his coaching role with Harlequins women, Street is confident that this year's game can be the best showcase yet. 

  3. Sevens World Cup: New seeding system announced

    Plans for the 2018 Sevens World Cup in San Francisco have suffered repeated change – as we detailed back in July when the new knockout structure of the tournament was revealed.

    Now another change has been revealed in a video published last week.

  4. Australia see out sensational series opener

    In the end, the final was as comfortable as it could get for the Australians, who through star player Emma Tonegato, scored early and never let up in a 34-0 hammering. With players like Charlotte Caslick, Emilee Cherry,  Sharni Williams and Evania Pelite in such good form, Australia's confidence will be sky high ahead of the next round. 

  5. Asia U17s: Japan win; India turn heads

    India made the headlines with a sensational win over Hong Kong to reach the semi-finals: a new Asian rugby powerhouse?

    Next year’s Youth Olympics will feature rugby sevens for the second time, but instead of qualification based on the performance of adult teams, each of six regions is organising an U18 championship, with the winners qualifying for the Games.

  6. Sixth year of World Series set to begin

    Last season – the first post-Olympic year – saw an element of restructuring among the leading teams in the World Series, many of whom were also significantly distracted by the fifteens World Cup. As a result the performances of some teams – especially England – are probably not a good guide to 2017/18. Nonetheless it was a season that saw much that was significant, not least the rise of Fiji.

    Even so New Zealand were winners again, losing just one game all year, while Australia and Canada fought for runners-up.

    So what can we expect in Dubai this year?

  7. Top 8: Leaders remain unbeaten

    Montpellier and Lille continued their dominance of the French championship in round six.

    Champions Montpellier hosted fourth placed Blagnac in what looked a tricky tie, and at first it appeared so as the visitors scored twice in the opening twenty minutes. However, Montpellier battled back and by halftime – thanks to tries from Agathe Sochat and Cyreille Banet and the boot of Morgane Peyronnet – they lead 14-10.

  8. International club rugby returns

    The last official international match between national club champions took place back in February 2009, when Montpellier won the short-lived “Coupe d'Europe de rugby à XV féminin” – the European Cup for women’s rugby – beating reigning Spanish Getxo in the final.

    After two years, and with no interest being shown by any of the Home Nations, FIRA (the forerunner of Rugby Europe) quietly shelved the experiment, leaving women’s rugby as the only major team sport to not have any form of official cross-border competition.

  9. Women's 6 Nations games confirmed

    As well as confirming times and locations, Six Nations Rugby have also confirmed that all matches will be produced for television to a high quality broadcast standard, with every game available live either on television, or streamed live online. 

    A dedicated roundup highlights programme will again be available both on the BBC Network on Sunday evenings in the UK and on RTE on Monday evening in Ireland.

  10. Mexico win final spot at 7s World Cup

    Mexico were always going to be among the favourites for his year’s RAN Championship, where they were up against Trinidad, Bermuda, Dominican Republic, French Guyana, Guyana, and Jamaica. Although they were hosts, being at home is not always an advantage in sevens.

    The tournament also saw the debut of French Guiana – a team unique in international sevens in that, prior to this tournament, had not lost a game for over five years - since February 2012. That said, all their previous matches had been against other French Caribbean territories, so how good were they?

  11. New Zealand win big at World Rugby awards

    Portia Woodman won the World Player of the Year Award, the Black Ferns were the Team of the Year while Michaela Blyde was the 7s player of the year, ensuring New Zealand were well represented all night on the stage. 

    Blyde was the top try scorer at last year's World Sevens Series and was in outstanding form throughout. She beat off competition from team-mate Ruby Tui and Canadian Ghislaine Landry to the award. 

  12. England win Autumn series

    (Photo by Steve Bardens - RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)

  13. Third test teams: England v Canada

    England have already won the series, thanks to two comfortable wins, and with such short turnaround between the games, coach Simon Middleton has made nine changes in all to his side. 

  14. World Rugby launch 8 year plan

    The review will begin early next year is a result of consultation with unions and discussions with captains from the World Cup earlier this year.

    The women's calendar has become a significant challenge since the growth of the World Sevens Series particularly.

    The World Cup this summer had been brought forward a year to avoid a clash with the 7s World Cup and 6 Nations clashes with World Sevens Series have created challenges for the plethora of players playing both forms of the game. 

  15. Women's voices to be strengthened at World Rugby Council

    In a historic decision, the game's governing body is set to increase the number of people who may sit on Council – its highest decision-making body – from 32 to 49, with the 17 new representatives to be women.   

  16. Sweden too strong for British Police XV

    Report with thanks to Swedish RFU and British Police

    Sweden played their usual game, making good use of a strong front five, mobile back row and quick runners in the back line. The difference in this game was the opponent’s game plan. Did Sweden had to defend over the whole width of the field in Helsinki, whereas the Police women more “up front”. Making use of their big forwards the Police kept the Swedish pack very busy stopping the attacks, rather than attacking themselves.

  17. An exciting taste of the future

    Canada were well beaten in the first test going down to their biggest ever defeat to England barely two days after getting off the plane. With the benefit of that experience and the luxury of three days to prepare for this game, Canada put in a much-improved performance that makes the final test at Twickenham on Saturday all the more interesting.

  18. Hunter to win 100th cap for England

    With just four days between the two games, there is no surprise to see a raft of new faces involved, with England on a high after their 79-5 win at Allianz Park. 

    In Canada's changes, aptain Laura Russell moves to the second row to replace Ngalula Fuamba, while Manitoba’s Emily Tuttosi wins her first start on debut for Canada.

    In the backs, Jess Neilson moves to scrum half, Brianna Miller slots in at fullback and Montreal’s Anais Holly is set to start at flyhalf. Emmanuela Jada has moved to the wing for Nadia Popov who remains on the bench.

  19. France win against new-look Italy

    The Italian’s aggression caused serious problems for France, who now took the lead with a great individual try from Manuela Furlan. Nonetheless, France battled back with a penalty from Boudon and a try from Banet giving them a narrow 15-14 lead at halftime.

  20. Belgium “start a new adventure“

    Photo and report: Sportkipik.beLaurent Lefebvre

    Last spring, the Belgian management team announced a fresh start. New coaches - Xavier Bossert and Renaud Labardant – were appointed with a new training program, which started in September.

  21. England trounce Canada in first test

    England were far too good for an inexperienced Canada outfit, winning 79-5 in London in the first of three Autumn tests.

    Out-capping Canada with 834 caps to 162, England used all of their experience to expose Canada’s naivety in the wide channels and the hosts were simply too slick and too accurate throughout. 

  22. Preview: England v Canada

    While both sides have named a raft of new faces, it is Canada who are the lightest on experience with some 162 caps in their matchday squad compared to England's 834.

    Seven players are in line to make their England debuts, while 14 players could represent Canada for the first time. 

  23. England launch ambitious player growth plans

    England have set out ambitious plans to have 50,000 more active women's rugby players by 2021 - almost doubling their current active player base with a wider ambition to have 100,000 women engaging in the sport in various formats. 

    There are currently 27,500 existing active players in England and today's new Women and Girls Action Plan. sets out targets to engage 100,000 women in the game and then converting 25,000 of them into regular players. 

    England are also aiming to have 350 more adult women's teams by 2021, a significant boost to the current figure of 512. 

  24. Brazil win South American 7s

    Brazil’s remarkable run in the South American sevens continued this weekend as they lifted their 13th South American title in 13 attempts (they did not take part in 2015). They have still never lost a match (played 70, won 70), average over 30 points per game (2,372 points), and on average concede less than two (124 against - so roughly a try conceded every three games).

  25. Barbarians win first ever outing

    A first-half penalty try and then second half tries from Ireland international Ailis Egan and England's Georgina Robert's secured the Barbarians' victory in Limerick - the final try showcasing true Barbarians style with a great flourish in the lead up. 

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