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Category: Women’s rugby union

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Rachael Burford expecting bigger things for Harlequins and Premier 15s

Harlequins Ladies captain is not alone looking forward to the Premier 15s season, which for her ambitious team kicks off at Gloucester-Hartpury on Saturday afternoonThe feeling of a new season approaching must be intense, with the knowledge that someth…

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Black Ferns’ dominance of Wallaroos continues with second Test rout

New Zealand 45-17 AustraliaHosts score seven tries to Wallaroos’ three at Eden ParkThe Wallaroos played second-fiddle to the world champion Black Ferns for a second straight week, losing their women’s rugby Test 45-17 in Auckland.A well-drilled New Zea…

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Black Ferns’ dominance of Wallaroos continues with second Test rout

New Zealand 45-17 AustraliaHosts score seven tries to Wallaroos’ three at Eden ParkThe Wallaroos played second-fiddle to the world champion Black Ferns for a second straight week, losing their women’s rugby Test 45-17 in Auckland.A well-drilled New Zea…

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England’s most capped rugby player Rochelle Clark retires

Clark, 37, stands down ‘with a heavy heart’ after 137 capsProp holds record as world’s most capped female playerEngland front row Rochelle Clark has brought down the curtain on an international career spanning 15 years and four World Cups. Related: Af…

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New Zealand to face France in women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens final

Black Ferns concede first points before beating US EaglesFrance shock world series champions AustraliaAmerica’s women fell in the semifinals of their own Rugby World Cup Sevens, losing an entertaining game to New Zealand at AT&T Park in San Francis…

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Ireland to face Italy at Soldier Field as part of Chicago November triple-header

Six Nations champions return to scene of historic All Blacks winUSA men and women face New Zealand opponents on undercardIreland will return to Soldier Field in Chicago, the scene of their first and only win over the All Blacks, to face Italy on 3 Nove…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s action

England rivals may enliven play-offs, Bath keep up bizarre trend and a thrilling final raises exciting questions for women’s gameSale will qualify for the European Champions Cup if they defeat Leicester at home and Gloucester fail to beat Saracens. The…

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Saracens beat Harlequins on historic afternoon of progress for women’s game | Robert Kitson

A crowd of 2,000 saw an engrossing final of the Tyrrells Premier 15s as talk of the game going professional increasesEnglish rugby has its share of thorny issues at present but there is one fast-emerging success story out there. If a distinctly chilly …

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Harlequins hoping to take final steps to glory under Gary Street

The former England head coach will hope his winning habit gives Harlequins the edge over Saracens in the Tyrrells Premier 15s finalThere can be few better qualified to pass judgment on the current state of women’s rugby than Gary Street. England’s head…

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Harlequins hope Jess Breach is available for Saracens final showdown

• Star wing has just returned from England duty in Japan • London sides meet in Tyrells Premier15s final on SundayHarlequins are hopeful their star winger Jess Breach will be available for the inaugural Tyrrells Premier 15s final on Sunday after flying…

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Joy Neville: ‘Coping in a male-dominated world? I don’t know anything else’

Former Ireland women’s captain turned referee has had a remarkable rise, culminating in her beating the men to win the World Rugby Referee of the Year AwardJoy Neville never wanted to be a referee. The former Ireland rugby captain had only just retired…

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England’s Ellie Kildunne dazzles again in Six Nations win over Ireland

• England beat Ireland 33-11 but France win Grand Slam• Danielle Waterman scores record 47th try for EnglandEngland’s women, with their fly-half Katy Daley-McLean controlling the game impressively behind a powerful pack, secured a triple crown with vic…

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How can women’s sport become equal to men’s? Through bravery | Catherine Spencer

As former captain of the England rugby team, I can see that a vicious circle of underinvestment must be brokenIf I had a pound for every time I have been asked what barriers women face in sport, I would be a rich woman by now. As it is, I remain a woma…

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England women focused on Ireland but braced for France to deliver bad news

• France can seal Six Nations half an hour after England game ends• England coach Simon Middleton rings changes for Ireland matchEngland are bracing themselves for a bittersweet evening in Coventry on Friday. For while Sarah Hunter’s side should overco…

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Six Nations: talking points from the weekend’s action

France must not get carried after beating England, while Ireland will need to bolster their defence at TwickenhamWhen the post-match debate centres on whether England were poorer in Murrayfield or Paris, there is definitely trouble at mill. They never …

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England women’s grand slam dreams shattered by France in Six Nations

• France 18-17 England• Last-minute try by full-back Jessy Tremouliere seals France winEngland’s dreams of a second successive grand slam were shattered at Stade des Alpes last night. The team, led again by Sarah Hunter, can still win the Six Nations t…

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England women make adjustments for Six Nations grand slam crunch in France

• Simon Middleton makes seven changes, two positional• France keen to avenge 2017 World Cup semi-final defeatEngland’s women will be in the Stade des Alpes on Saturday night knowing they have to take their game to new heights against a French side itch…

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Nolli Waterman: ‘I’m very driven – what I do after retiring must be challenging’

England full-back’s thoughts are turning to life after rugby but for now the 33-year-old has another Six Nations grand slam in her sightsMuch of Britain has been carpeted in white this week, pristine and unblemished. The top of the women’s Six Nations …

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Six Nations: talking points from the weekend’s action

Scotland’s next task is to improve on the road, Wales show their worth with the ball and France still off the paceIt seems cruel that anyone in Scotland should have to talk about anything other than their victory, but in the hours after the match Grego…

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Katy Daley-McLean takes control as England overwhelm Scotland

• Scotland 8 England 43• England score seven tries in Women’s Six NationsEngland’s surge to another grand slam continued in Glasgow on Friday as they scored seven tries to overwhelm their opponents on another difficult night for the Scots. A much-chang…