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Category: Women’s rugby union

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England women’s and sevens squads to bear brunt of RFU cuts

Twickenham to cut workforce by 30% due to Covid-19Grassroots development also likely to be badly hitEngland’s women’s and sevens squads will bear the brunt of the Rugby Football Union’s cost-cutting along with grassroots development, according to a lea…

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Wasps and Harlequins play down fears after sponsor’s exit from women’s rugby

Crisp manufacturer Tyrrells will not renew rugby union dealPremier 15s confident of finding more active sponsorNews on Tuesday that Tyrrells would not be renewing their title sponsorship of the Premier 15s for next season seemed on the face of it a blo…

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Women’s rugby at risk of RFU funding cuts after Tyrrells ends sponsorship

Deal was worth £80,000 per top-flight clubPremier 15s season declared null and void in MarchThe Rugby Football Union has refused to rule out funding cuts for top-flight women’s clubs after it was announced that Tyrrells will be ending its sponsorship o…

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‘A year to be better’: Abby Gustaitis on lockdown and the lure of Olympic rugby gold

The Eagles sevens captain has seen the Tokyo Games postponed and USA Rugby go bankrupt. She refuses to let her dream dieAbby Gustaitis, co-captain of the USA sevens team, has not heard the latest news from Tokyo. Related: Tokyo Olympics in 2021 at risk…

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Women’s Six Nations looks to move in rugby calendar to increase exposure

Change considered to avoid clash with men’s tournamentEngland v France scheduling criticised for this year’s eventThe Six Nations schedule is set for a radical overhaul, with organisers considering creating a new window for the women’s competition to a…

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Poppy Cleall scores hat-trick as England thrash Wales in Women’s Six Nations

• England 66-7 Wales• Home side secure triple crown with 10-try demolitionEngland secured a triple crown, a dominant performance by their pack helping to power their way to victory at the Twickenham Stoop in the only Women’s Six Nations fixture of the …

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Scotland Women’s Six Nations game off as player tests positive for coronavirus

Saturday’s game against France at Scotstoun postponedWomen’s team returned from Italy on 23 FebruaryScotland’s match against France in the Women’s Six Nations on Saturday has been postponed after a member of the Scotland team tested positive for corona…

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Women’s Six Nations: England beat Ireland to keep grand slam in sight

England 27-0 IrelandImpressive Red Roses seal bonus point by half-timeEngland have already had to deal with extremes in weather so far in this tournament, from a blazing hot day in France to a storm-lashed date with Scotland, and on a squally and sunny…

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Former England rugby captain: ‘I feel we are in the shadows of the men’

Catherine Spencer says the women’s game still operates ‘in shadows of the men’ and a radical makeover is neededEven now there are days when Catherine Spencer looks back with a mixture of incredulity and anger. “I felt like a second-class citizen for mo…

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England freeze out Scotland 53-0 in Women’s Six Nations hammering

Sarah Hunter’s team score eight tries in 53-0 win at MurrayfieldEngland stay on track to claim second successive grand slamEngland maintained their push for a second successive Women’s Six Nations grand slam by beating Scotland 53-0 in Edinburgh. Relat…

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Man City v West Ham and Women’s Six Nations game called off due to Storm Ciara

Premier League tie and Scotland v England rugby postponedArsenal v Tottenham in WSL also cancelled due to weatherManchester City’s Premier League encounter against West Ham, which was scheduled to take place at 4.30pm GMT on Sunday, has been postponed …

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Vickii Cornborough: ‘I was told rugby is for fun – go out and get another job’

The England prop thought playing rugby full-time was a pipe dream but is now loving life on and off the pitchHow do you prepare to face your biggest rivals in the Six Nations? Watch the Donald Trump impeachment trial? That’s how Vickii Cornborough and …

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Dynamic England kick off women’s Six Nations defence with victory in France

• France 13-19 England• Emily Scarratt’s second-half try proves killer blowThe Six Nations champions England began their 2020 campaign with a pulsating victory in Pau that owed as much to scramble defence as it did to their impressive attacking reperto…

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Dynamic England kick off women’s Six Nations defence with victory in France

• France 13-19 England• Emily Scarratt’s second-half try proves killer blowThe Six Nations champions England began their 2020 campaign with a pulsating victory in Pau that owed as much to scramble defence as it did to their impressive attacking reperto…

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England’s opener against France could hold key to back-to back-grand slams

• Sarah Hunter to captain team on her 119th appearance• Head coach Simon Middleton leaves Sarah Bern on benchThis year’s women’s Six Nations begins with the fixture most observers believe will be its defining encounter. France take on England in Pau on…

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Barbarians coach Rachel Taylor: ‘It’s going to be surreal facing Wales’

The former Wales captain on the welcome challenges of preparing the Barbarians, understanding what makes players tick and the growing potential of the women’s game“We were having some good conversations this week, Warren Gatland and I,” says Rachel Tay…

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Lydia Thompson pounces in England Women’s dramatic win over France

• England 17-15 France• Hosts score try in final moments to claim victoryLydia Thompson’s last-minute try helped England beat France 17-15 in Exeter on Saturday.The visitors led through a Jessy Tremouliere penalty and Laure Sansus’ try before Emily Sca…

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England’s Abby Dow hoping to engineer success against France

Wasps wing combines international rugby with studies at Imperial College London and is ready to make strides in bothAbby Dow is on a mission. Make that two. By this time next year she hopes to have qualified as a mechanical engineer and earned a profes…

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England’s Abby Dow hoping to engineer success against France

Wasps wing combines international rugby with studies at Imperial College London and is ready to make strides in bothAbby Dow is on a mission. Make that two. By this time next year she hopes to have qualified as a mechanical engineer and earned a profes…

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How does the Matildas’ pay deal stack up against the rest? | Megan Maurice

The new collective bargaining agreement provides something approaching pay parity, but is it in line with other sports in Australia?Last week’s announcement of the new Matildas pay deal was a landmark for football in Australia. The new collective barga…