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Category: Women’s rugby union

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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…

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Sarah Hunter try double earns England women landmark win over France

France 10-20 EnglandRed Roses win in France for first time since 2012Sarah Hunter scored two tries as England beat France 20-10 in Clermont, earning their first win in France since 2012 and laying down a marker for the Women’s Six Nations.Simon Middlet…

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‘No one has ever asked me that’: breast injuries in contact sport go unreported | Clare Watson

The topic is still something of a taboo in elite sport and women are playing on through the painThe popularity of women’s rugby and Australian rules football has soared in Australia in recent years. But new research suggests the management of breast in…

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Emily Scarratt focuses on France after whirlwind week and world award | Emma John

After a 12,000-mile round trip to Japan where she was named world player of the year, England’s totemic centre gets back to work on Saturday – with the 2021 World Cup a longer-term goalThe England centre Emily Scarratt is one of the best readers of pla…

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England’s Emily Scarratt crowned women’s world player of the year

• South Africa’s Pieter-Steph du Toit is men’s world player• France’s Romain Ntamack wins breakthrough player awardThe England centre Emily Scarratt has been crowned the women’s world player of the year. The 29-year-old emulated former England colleagu…

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Show top women’s sport on free-to-air TV too, says Nicky Morgan

Culture secretary calls for equal coverage for major women’s competitions like World CupThe culture secretary has called for top flight women’s sport to be added to televised sport’s “crown jewels” list, which would guarantee them exposure to potential…

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World Cups rebranded in effort to achieve gender neutrality in rugby

• Gender will be no longer included in tournament names• World Rugby calls move ‘ultimate statement of equality’World Rugby has rebranded its men’s and women’s World Cups in an effort to achieve gender neutrality in the sport. The competitions will now…

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Wallaroos thrash Japan to secure comfortable rugby Test series win

Australia beat Japan 46-3 at North Sydney OvalCaptain and No 8 Grace Hamilton scores hat-trick Australia completed a predictable series sweep of Japan, winning the second and final rugby Test by an emphatic margin in Sydney. The Wallaroos backed up the…

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Wallaroos thrash Japan to secure comfortable rugby Test series win

Australia beat Japan 46-3 at North Sydney OvalCaptain and No 8 Grace Hamilton scores hat-trick Australia completed a predictable series sweep of Japan, winning the second and final rugby Test by an emphatic margin in Sydney. The Wallaroos backed up the…

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England captain Sarah Hunter adds to call for women’s Lions team

• Hunter eyes tours to France, North America and New Zealand• England coach Simon Middelton: ‘It is a great idea’The British & Irish Lions are coming under increasing pressure to create a women’s team after the England head coach, Simon Middleton, …

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Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark slams treatment of women in sport

Clark says women love playing sport but inequality results in them being left behindFormer New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark has slammed her sports-obsessed nation’s treatment of women at all levels of sport, and said gender equality needs to be n…

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Saracens storm to victory over Harlequins in Premier 15s final

• Tyrrells Premier 15s final: Saracens 33-17 Harlequins• Cleall and Harrison both score twice in Sarries victorySaracens finally settled the argument as to who is England’s top women’s club side with an emphatic victory in the Tyrrells Premier 15s fina…

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Harlequins hoping to save best for last in Premier 15s final with Saracens | Ian Malin

Quins finished regular season behind Saturday’s opponents but captain Rachael Burford and coach Gary Street, both World Cup winners in 2014, are confident of reversing last year’s final lossA watershed season for women’s rugby in England ends on Saturd…

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NSW win consecutive Super W titles in thrilling slugfest

New South Wales 8-5 QueenslandBlues skipper Ash Hewson named player of tournamentNSW have won back-to-back Super W crowns with a thrilling 8-5 victory over arch-rivals Queensland in the 2019 title decider in Sydney.In a rematch of last year’s epic gran…

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Women’s Six Nations team of the tournament: all-conquering England dominate best XV

Sarah Hunter’s grand slam winners may have swept all before them, but the statistics show players from all nations came to the foreArricastre scored a hard-fought try against Ireland, and had 100% successful tackles against England. She is a phenomenal…

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‘We want to be No 1’: England Women seek World Cup glory after grand slam

• Six Nations triumph finishes with 80-0 win over Scotland• ‘England have taken women’s rugby to next level’Sarah Hunter, the England captain, believes their grand slam triumph will be the launchpad to taking the women’s game to a new level. Related: E…