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Category: Women’s rugby union

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Rugby union: talking points from the final round of autumn Tests

Ireland have much to thank Schmidt for, Italy bear the brunt of All Blacks’ frustrations and Fiji look ominous foes for AustraliaEngland’s autumn ledger reads as follows: P4 W3 L1; tries scored 10, tries conceded six. They have looked both excellent an…

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Lydia Thompson hat-trick spearheads England Women’s rout of Ireland

• England Women 37-15 Ireland Women• England take autumn try tally to 21England have scored 21 tries in an autumn series that will give them grounds for optimism when they challenge France for their Six Nations title in the spring. Simon Middleton’s Re…

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Katy Daley-Mclean helps England over line after Canada revival

• England 27-19 Canada• Daley-Mclean comes off the bench to steady EnglandEngland’s women, who had blown the USA away in a gale nine days earlier, were forced to dig deeper in the sunshine in Doncaster on Sunday.The Red Roses left the white rose county…

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Australia disappointed as New Zealand win Women’s Rugby World Cup hosting rights

2021 bid had secured $10m in government fundingAttention turns towards hosting men’s World CupRugby Australia’s annus horribilis has continued after New Zealand were awarded the 2021 Women’s World Cup in Dublin. New Zealand edged out Australia 25-17 de…

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Katy Daley-Mclean’s big night lit up as Red Roses overpower USA

• England 57-5 USA• England dominate women’s international against EaglesEngland’s women celebrated the 100th cap of their fly-half Katy Daley-Mclean with an emphatic victory over the USA at Allianz Park last night in miserable, rainy conditions in nor…

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Katy Daley-Mclean’s big night lit up as Red Roses overpower USA

• England 57-5 USA• England dominate women’s international against EaglesEngland’s women celebrated the 100th cap of their fly-half Katy Daley-Mclean with an emphatic victory over the USA at Allianz Park last night in miserable, rainy conditions in nor…

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Katy Daley-Mclean: ‘It’s cool to have 100 caps – women’s rugby has changed so much’

The Loughborough Lightning fly-half will lead England out at Allianz Park on Friday in a sport unrecognisable from 11 years agoFor Katy Daley-Mclean the wheel really has turned the full circle. Eleven years ago England’s fly-half made her first interna…

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England’s groundbreaking pro contracts will change women’s rugby for ever | Ali Donnelly

The RFU’s decision to award contracts is groundbreaking, says the editor of women’s rugby website Scrumqueens.comThere is nothing new about professionalism in women’s rugby. Since the Netherlands became the first country to award contracts to their wom…

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England’s groundbreaking pro contracts will change women’s rugby for ever | Ali Donnelly

The RFU’s decision to award contracts is groundbreaking, says the editor of women’s rugby website Scrumqueens.comThere is nothing new about professionalism in women’s rugby. Since the Netherlands became the first country to award contracts to their wom…

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RFU to re-introduce full-time contracts for England women’s team

Total of 28 contracts will be available for the 15s sideSteve Brown: ‘We are at a tipping point for women’s rugby’The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has announced that it will re-introduce full-time contracts for the England women’s 15-a-side team from 1 J…

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RFU to re-introduce full-time contracts for England women’s team

Total of 28 contracts will be available for the 15s sideSteve Brown: ‘We are at a tipping point for women’s rugby’The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has announced that it will re-introduce full-time contracts for the England women’s 15-a-side team from 1 J…

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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…