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  1. Sweden favourites for Euro Trophy

    Sweden at Stanislas Sevens (Photo: Ylva Schwartz) 

    The depth of talent in European Sevens means that this year’s European Trophy – the second level Rugby Europe sevens - features at least four teams who are more normally associated with the top level Grand Prix.

  2. Spain to host Four Nations tournament?

    According to the paper, Spain are hoping to host a four nations tournament in November that will feature themselves, Italy, Japan and Hong Kong.

    The opportunity comes through to a gap in the schedule after Spain men’s team was excluded from the men’s World Cup. This left planned dates - halfway through November – in a city ambitious to improve its status in Spanish rugby.

  3. Portuguese Champions call for European Cup

    Sporting Clube de Portugal won the their national championship for the second consecutive year last weekend, and immediately began looking beyond their border for stiffer competition.

    Ahead of them is the Iberia Cup – still women’s rugby’s the only official international club competition.

    Coach João Tiago said "With the Championship, we won everything there was to win domestically".

    “This victory allows us to play in the Iberian Cup again, in December in Lisbon in front of our supporters, against the champions of Spain.

  4. Six countries in mix to host World Cup

    Those countries have formally confirmed their intention to tender and have until August to submit a final bid. The decision will be taken in November.

    Wales held the first Women's Rugby World Cup in 1991 - although the IRB did not sanction an official tournament until 1998, while England hosted in 2010 and France in 2014.

    It was England's tournament in 2010 that introduced the model that has been so well followed since - one single pool venue before moving to a bigger stadium for the knockout games.

  5. Ferns win Paris 7s, but Aussies win series

    Australia only needed to reach the final to win their second World Series – but it was touch and go all the way in Paris.

    The Black Ferns were imperious in Pool A. Their usual slow start saw England match them try for try for the first half of their opening game, but thereafter they swept past Wales and Ireland to top their pool.

  6. Euro Conference: Georgia & Turkey promoted

    Georgia came from behind to beat Turkey 17-12 in the final of the European Conference in Zagreb on Saturday. Although both teams were assured of promotion it was still a nervy final, Turkey taking the lead twice, only to be pulled by the Georgians. Entering the final minute Georgia’s third try finally put them ahead, they hung on for the tense final 30 seconds after the restart, sparking huge celebrations at the final whistle.

  7. Singapore with Asia Div 1 title

    (Report: Asia Rugby) With both sides having beaten India earlier in the tournament, this was a winner-takes-all clash at Queenstown Stadium.

    The hosts went into the match as the slight favourites due to their higher World Rugby ranking and, despite a close opening 25 minutes, took a 7-0 lead into half-time.

    Singapore extended their lead to 19-0 with two more tries in the second half, which proved costly for the Philippines.

  8. 2018 European 7s season begins

    Possibly the most unpredictable annual international sevens tournament takes place in Zagreb this weekend.

    The European Conference is the third level of European Sevens. 9 of the 12 team who played in last year’s event return. Norway and Austria have moved on to greater things after winning promotion last time, replaced by Malta and Moldova who were relegated. And Bosnia – who finished 12th last year – have been replaced by Turkey.

  9. Paris preview

    Australia are just four points (two places) ahead of New Zealand. In practice this means that if Australia reach the final they win the series.

    So either New Zealand win their pool have to hope that someone else beats Australia before the final… or hope that one of them fails to win their pool so that they meet in the semi-final.

  10. Philippines beat India in ARWC Div I

    (Report: Asia Rugby). The win means the Philippines will now face hosts Singapore on 8 June in the title decider with both sides having beaten India.in Asia Rugby Women’s Championship Division I

    For the Philippines it was their first 15s international since 2012 it that did not stop them playing some exciting rugby.

    In just their second-ever international India also once more demonstrated their passion and skills, keeping the Philippines scoreless for almost the entire first half.

  11. Knockout sevens in next cycle?

    “The knockout format”, he said, “that’s something we could well see in the sevens series in the next cycle, the women’s tournament aligning with the men’s tournaments at the same destinations at the same time means we’ve got to find time and space”.

  12. Faamausili wins special honour in NZ

    Faamausili was named Officer of New Zealand Order of Merit while former Black Fern Rochelle Martin and former Black Ferns coach Darryl Suasua became Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit. 

    New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Officer, Steve Tew said Faamausili, Martin and Suasua have had a tremendous involvement in shaping women’s rugby in New Zealand.

    “This recognition is richly deserved.

    “Fiao’o has been, and continues to be, an amazing leader in the women’s game and her contribution at all levels of rugby has been second to none.

  13. Appeal to rugby internationals

    Many of you will have seen our previous article about the doctoral research being undertaken into the history of women in rugby union.

    As part of this research, I have begun interviewing former international players and would like to speak to as many people as possible, from as many countries as possible.

  14. India makes its test debut

    Neha Pardeshi dives to score India's first try

    Match video 

  15. Brazil win South American Games gold

    Brazil have continued their unbeaten record in South American rugby with a perfect campaign in the South American Games in Bolivia that was crowned with the gold medal: 6 wins in 6 games with a total of 40 tries scored against just 17 points conceded. 

    In addition the gold medal in Cochabamba in Bolivia secures a place for the next Pan American Games that will take place between July 26 and August 11 in 2019, in Lima. Peru. 

  16. All Black Ferns to be capped

    The capping will provide official recognition of those who played Test matches in the black jersey and the team who took home the inaugural Women’s Rugby World Cup in 1998 will be among the first Black Ferns to receive their caps at a special reunion event, on the 20th anniversary year of their victory in Amsterdam.

    Ireland embarged on a similar project recently as the game continues to make improvements in recognising its women's rugby history. 

  17. Kenya win their first African sevens

    In the final, Kenya led 22-0 at half time through a brace of tries from the duo of Michele Omondi and Janet Akello. An extra try after the break and one back for Uganda set up the final score and the victory for Kenya who are now the African Champions for the first time.

    It had been an easy run to the final for the Kenyans whose closest match was their 27-0 win over Madagascar in the semi-finals. Again Michelle Omondi and Janet Akello were key, helping their team race to a 22-0 halftime lead.

  18. Sevens ends Africa's women's rugby month

    Prior to this a women’s leadership forum is being organised in Gaborone, which will centre on how to grow women’s rugby in Africa and well as improve the the technical support of the teams and encourage the involvement of women in the management structures of rugby in Africa.

  19. Black Ferns & USA to play in Chicago

    The Black Ferns and the USA Eagles women's team will play at Chicago's Soldier Field for the first time as they are set to join the Maori All Blacks, and the men's national sides from the USA, Italy and Ireland in a triple-header in November.

    The match will be an historic one for the Black Ferns who will run out on North American soil for the very first time and it will be the first ever women's test game at the ground. 

  20. Montpellier win the last Top 8 title

    It’s all change in France again next year as the successful Top 8 becomes a Top 16 with its merger with the second level Armelle Auclair league, and the last Top 8 final sent the league off with a thrilling and exciting display.

    The teams with the two biggest and most powerful packs met at the Albert Domec stadium in Carcassonne, Montpellier, going for their 7th title, and young upstarts Stade Toulouse, who did not exist (under tha name at least) when the first Top 8 began.

  21. Sandro Fiorino takes on Canada role for good

    “We’re happy to announce that Sandro Fiorino will remove the interim title to officially lead Canada’s Women’s Fifteens Team moving forward,” said Dustin Hopkins, Rugby Canada Interim General Manager.

    After helping lead Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team to a historic bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Fiorino moved back to Toronto to build a next-generation academy focusing on finding and developing young athletes in eastern Canada. 

  22. USA appoint Rob Cain as head coach

    Cain joins after a highly successful period in England, and his new role will be based at the Olympic Training Site in Chula Vista.

    He is the first coach to take the role on a fulltime basis. 

    "I am both humbled and excited for such an incredible opportunity to join the USA Rugby family and become a full-time Women's National Team Head Coach," said Cain. "I want to thank both Saracens and USA Rugby for their patience throughout this extensive process, I am looking forward to our journey to the 2021 World Cup."

  23. New Zealand win Langford Sevens

    (Report: World Rugby)
    The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2018 title race is set for an enthralling conclusion in Paris next month after New Zealand produced 14 minutes of sublime sevens to beat Australia 46-0 in the final of the HSBC Canada Sevens in Langford on Sunday.

  24. Quarter finals return to World Cup

    Other changes include longer rest periods between matches, and an increase in squad size from 28 to 30 players. 

    The re-introduction of quarter-finals means that teams that do not make the last eight will leave the tournament and not go forward to play classification games which have been done away with altogether. Quarter-finals were last played at the World Cup in 1998, but were dropped from 2002 to reduce the length of the tournament.

  25. World Series: Langford preview

    Pool A

    New Zealand

    This is not a pool that should cause New Zealand too many problems, though it does include two teams – England and Fiji – who, while they have been inconsistent this season, are still capable of upsets - indeed England have the best record of any team against the Ferns, apart from Australia.

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