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  1. German development tour to Iran

    Germany’s “Adler Sevens” team – Germany's development team - will be the first German rugby team ever to traveling to Iran, and probaby the first official women's rugby selections from outside Asia to tour the country. The squad will be in Iran for two weeks, from October 28th to November 11th, and will train with their host's national youth team, and will get a chance travel around to get to know country and people.

  2. IRFU deny downgrading XV role

    The union have been roundly criticised by current and former players for the decision to advertise the role of head coach as a part time "casual" role with a 6 month contract.

    The role replaces the one held by Tom Tierney who stepped down at the end of the World Cup. He was fulltime and had a three year contract.

  3. Top 8: Top three go three from three

    Blagnac and Toulouse met in a classic derby (Photo RugbyAmateur).

    Just three weeks in, and it already looks like we have the semi-finalists for the Top 8. Montpellier, Lille and Toulouse are still unbeaten, and Blagnac’s only defeat has been to Toulouse.

  4. Players hit out at IRFU's plans

    Current player Jenny Murphy has broken ranks and described the decision as "a kick in the teeth" for players adding on Twitter "so much progress made by other nations and we take 5 steps backwards."

    Speaking to Scrumqueens today, former test player Fiona Steed, who is a regular pundit for the game in Ireland, added further criticism.

    "This decision shows a lack of respect and vision and diminishes all of the progress that took years to achieve. I would be concerned as to whether this might cause senior players to question their future."

  5. Ireland downgrade head coach role

    The role has been vacant since the end of August when Tom Tierney stepped down following a hugely disappointing World Cup.

    Ireland lost heavily to France, Australia and Wales in a home World Cup which promised much, but delivered poorly on the pitch.  Tierney had been in the role in a fulltime capacity on a three-year contract which began in 2014. 

    There has been no response as yet from the IRFU to our queries for the strategy  behind this. 

  6. Japan retain Asian title

    Japan have won the Asian Sevens Championship, after winning the second leg of the series in Sri Lanka in Colombo last weekend. As a result, both they and China, runners up both in Colombo and in the overall series, qualify for the Sevens World Cup in San Francisco next year.

    Although details have not been formally confirmed, China - along with Hong Kong and Kazakhstan – should also have won places in the World Series qualifier next year.

  7. Wilson moving on with no regrets

    One cap shy of a half century and surely years ahead of her as a test player hardly made Kay Wilson the most likely candidate to announce her England retirement this week.

    The 26 year old has had a stellar 2017. Seven tries against Scotland in the 6 Nations caught the headlines in a competition where she ended up top try scorer, scoring just two less than former England full back Chris Diver’s competition record of 10, set 14 years ago.

  8. Trans-Tasman 7s series & other WSWS news

    Coach Tim Walsh and the Australian selectors have chosen Mackenzie Sadler (University of Queensland), Page McGregor (Macquarie University), Katie Harrison (Macquarie University), Yasmin Meakes (University of Canberra), Olivia White (University of Tasmania) and Lauren Brown (Griffith University) to join the main Australia squad for the five games, which will be played between Thursday and Saturday at Epsom Huntley Reserve, Bendigo.

  9. Farah Palmer final 4 decided

    Photo: Lynn McConnell/NZRU/Getty

    Waikato made the ultimate “great escape” in the final round of the Farah Palmer Cup regular season, leaping from apparent relegation certainties to a semi-final berth with their first ever win against Auckland.

  10. South Africa reboot women's test side

    South Africa coach Eddie Myners has named nine capped national 15-a-side and Sevens rugby players in his 28-member squad for the team’s tour to England from 12 to 25 October.

    They will face the British Army in the first of three matches on the Saturday, which will be followed by clashes against the England Academy team on Wednesday, 18 October, and Sunday, 22 October, respectively.

    England have confirmed that the latter two games will be behind closed doors training games. 

  11. England to play South Africa in Autumn warmup

    Head Coach Simon Middleton has named an extended training squad to take part in a camp in Bisham Abbey this weekend and after that a small squad will be chosen to play in the games against South Africa. 

  12. Scotland beef up off field team

    Scott Forrest, former captain of Scotland 7s, and Sarah Dixon, former internationalist and Scotland Women 7s player, will join Scottish Rugby from roles at sportscotland and Sport Wales respectively.

  13. Barbarians launch a women's side

    The match will be the first time women will officially wear the famous black and white colours and kick-starts the first of a number of matches planned for the 2017-18 season.

    That team team will be coached by Wasps Head Coach Giselle Mather and managed by Fiona Stockley, who is the driving force behind the Nomads - a side which has often been called the unofficial Barbarians for the women's game and which has played against numerous test teams over the years. 

  14. Mather ready to embrace Barbarians spirit

    A former World Cup Winner, Mather is now Wasps Director of Rugby in the new Tyrrells Premier 15s, and she's excited about the challenge of becoming the first coach to head up a women's Barbarians outfit. 

  15. Farah Palmer playoff spots in balance

    It was a bit damp when Tasman took on North Harbour this weekend (Photo: Luz Zuniga/Stuff). 

    Counties Manukau wrapped up their semi-final spot with a big 43-13 win at Wellington. Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali scored three tries of Counties six tries.

    Canterbury booked their place in the playoffs with a 31-20 win at Waikato. It is a defeat that means Waikato now have to beat Auckland away next weekend to retain their place in the Premiership. It is a sign of how close the league is that such a win could also qualify them for the semi-finals.

  16. Top 8 takes a familiar look

    Last year’s finalists occupy the top two spots in the Top 8 after the second weekend, with last season’s beaten semi-finalists third and fourth.

    The performances of Scotland’s three full-time professionals at Lille is already pulling in reporters from north of the border, with The Edinburgh Reporter in France to see their first home game against Bobigny 93.

  17. Farah Palmer: Week 5

    Stelle Uren of Canterbury scores a try in the tackle of Pippa Andrews of Tasman at AMI Stadium (John Davidson/Photosport).

    Unsurprisingly all of the games were won by teams from the Premiership, though Championship leaders Bay of Plenty push Premiership basement team Waikato all the way, going down just 19-17.

  18. Queensland win Australia's AON Uni 7s

    Queensland always looked like the team to beat, even before the first ball was kicked. Not only did they have ex-UQ student Emilee Cherry and Emma Sykes from the Australian squad, but in addition UQ were able to attract the services of Netherland’s Jannicke IJdens and Bodil Van Wijnbergen, three players from Australia’s Commonwealth Youth Games-winning team, and Kody House, who has played international rugby league for Australia.

  19. 2017-18 World Sevens Series reduced to 5 rounds

    The Women’s Sevens World Series will have just five rounds this season, with the United States missing from the schedule for the first time.

    The absence of a women’s event at Las Vegas is a surprise as it featured in draft programme, published by the Spanish Federation in July.

    The decision leaves a significant gap in the calendar between the second round in Sydney (26-28 January) and the third round in Kitakyushu three months later.

  20. England's new league makes its mark

    There was much interest, and not little controversy ,earlier this year when England Rugby announced a new look and revamped Premiership for it's women's game.

    A significant cash boost, a headline sponsor, the arrival of new teams to the top league and the omission of one stalwart all combined to ensure that the league's arrival handed the domestic game exposure it had not seen for years - and it has been a fascinating opening few rounds.

    First to the on-field developments.

  21. England & Canada line up three-test series

    The games all take place in London begining at Allianz Park, the home of Saracens, on Friday 17 November, before meeting in a midweek fixture at The Stoop on Tuesday 21 November and then in the series finale at Twickenham Stadium, kick off with free entry after the men’s game against Samoa on Saturday 25. 

    England head coach Simon Middleton said: “2017 has been an exceptional year for women’s rugby at international level with the team securing a Six Nations Grand Slam, a whitewash tour in New Zealand in June and reaching the final of the Women’s Rugby World Cup.

  22. Tyrrells Premier 15s Round Two

    Gloucester-Hartpury Women's RFC 26 - 22 Wasps FC Ladies

    Gloucester-Hartpury may be new to the league but they already look right at home after backing up last week’s win at Darlington Mowden Park Sharks by seeing off Wasps 26-22.

    The hosts certainly had to work for it though, with the visitors flying out of the blocks and swarming around the try-line desperate to break through.

    It is a testament to Gloucester-Hartpury’s defence that they rode out the storm, and then struck at the other end through Rachel Lund.

  23. Scots trio on form as Top 8 kicks off

    Montpellier successfully battle to hold their lead in Bayonne

    As is traditional with the first weekend of the Top 8, the top four teams (based on last year’s rankings) travelled to the bottom four.

    As a result the newly-promoted team tends to get a baptism of fire by hosting the current national champions, but AS Bayonne – with several internationals in their team - were certainly not outclassed by Montpellier, opening the scoring after 15 minutes though one of their internationals, scrumhalf Pauline Bourdon.

  24. Germany win Euro U18 Trophy

    Seeding U18 sevens tournaments has a strong element of guesswork, especially when several of the teams have not played before, and this weekend’s tournament in Andorra was a model example.

    Based on the opening day, there seemed to be two teams battling for the title – Germany and Scotland. Germany were comfortable winners of Pool A, with only Poland running them close, while Scotland overwhelmed their opponents in Pool B.

  25. Japan win Asia 7s first leg

    After two years away, Incheon saw the return on Kazakhstan to competitive rugby, and although champions Japan still won the title, the team from central Asia showed that they are as competitive as ever despite their enforced absence.

    That absence gave the Kazakhstanis a bottom seeding, and a place in Japan’s pool, but they came within a couple of conversions of winning it.

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