May Rugby Diary – Twenty-five Nations referenced

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1 May  Sweden 17 Hong Kong China 22

2 May Important research study into women’s experiences of tackle injury by Trinity College Dublin, led by Kathryn Dane (Ireland)

2 May  Ruby Tui to join PR7s in USA

3 May World Rugby: Gallagher becomes Official Partner of women’s rugby, WXV and RWC 2025

3 May Bulls Daisies become first women’s pro club in South Africa

4 May John Mitchell named as Head Coach of Red Roses; unavailable till after RWC 2023

4 May  Some details of WXV revealed in Chicago: locations and dates of WXV 1 and 2, plus sponsors Mastercard, Capgemini and Gallagher

5 May  Greg McWilliams steps down as Ireland head coach

5 May  Four contenders for Try of the 6N 2023; Melissande Llorens, Alex Callender, Abby Dow, Vitorria Vecchini

5 May  New Zealand to host first WXV Tier 1 tournament

6 May  Four contenders for Player of the 6N 2023: Sisilia Tuipulotu, Marlie Packer, Holly Aitchison, Gabrielle Vernier

6 May  Netherlands beat HKC 19-17

10 May  Abby Dow to leave Quins for Ealing Trailfinders

10 May  Joy Neville to become first woman to act as official (TMO) at the men’s RWC

10 May  Leicester Tigers sign Meg Jones from Wasps

10 May  Jay Tregonning names 32-strong Wallaroos squad to face Fijiana

10 May  Carys Dallinger to play for Australia after NZ contract withdrawn; she is dual qualified

11 May  Jocelyn Barrieau to become Assistant Coach of Canada’s Women’s Sevens

11 May  Leicester Tigers sign Celia Quansah from Wasps

12 May  Japan becomes the 11th High Performance Union (previously Tier One)

12-14 May  France World Series 7s Toulouse

14 May New Zealand win HSBC Series for the seventh time (Toulouse)

14 May  Ireland win place at Olympic 7s for first time

15 May  Connie Powell (England) moves from Gloucester-Hartpury to Quins

15 May  In a move closely related to the above, Amy Cokayne moves from Quins to Leicester Tigers

15 May  Shannon Parry (Australia) announces her retirement

15 May  Ffion Lewis (Wales) will miss WXV with knee injury

16 May  Piper Duck appointed new Wallaroos captain

16 May  Wasps captain, Liz Crake, signs for Ealing Trailfinders

16 May Sadia Kabeya wins 2023 Tik Tok 6 Nations Play (not Player) of the Tournament (see 18 zMay below)

17 May  6 N sets record viewing figures, live and on-screen

17 May  Sri Lanka Rugby suspended from membership of World Rugby

17 May  RPA Awards: Sadia Kabeya is England Player of the Year; Emily Scarratt wins Special Merit Award (100 caps); Mo Hunt is Prem 15s Player of the Year

17 May  Sarah Hunter is inducted into the RPA Hall of Fame

17 May  The 2023 Six Nations was watched for a record of 10.4 million hours in the UK

17 May  Lucy Mulhall named Ireland 7s Player of the Year

18 May  Chevelle Robins-Reti, ex-Black Fern, switches to Canberra in the NRLW after losing her NZ contract

18 May  Neve Jones named Irish Player of the Year

18 May  Gabrielle Vernier (France) is named Player of the 2023 6 Nations

19 May  Nominations open for girls aged 16-18 years old for the Scotland U18 7s programme

19 May  Officials appointed for remaining Pacific-4 matches; Aimee Barrett-Theron (South Africa), Julianne Zussman (Canada) and Sara Cox (England) to referee

19 May Rugby Canada seeks National Teams Operations Co-ordinator

20 May  Australia 22 Fijiana Drua 5 (Sydney)

20 May  South Africa 87 Cameroon 0, Kenya 29 Madagascar 20 (both in Antananarivo)

20-21 May  HSBC 7s in London, but men only!

24 May Hong Kong China 23 Kazakhstan 27 (Almaty)

24 May South Africa 48 Kenya 0; Madagascar 30 Cameroon 10 (unofficial Almaty gate: 20,000!)

24 May WRU announces establishment of 3 new development centres for women’s and girls’ rugby in Cardiff, Swansea and Colwyn Bay

24 May  Tyla Nathan Wong quits her Black Ferns’ 7s contract to join the NRLW in Australia

24 May  Black Ferns 7s stars, Stacey Waaka, Manaia Nuku, Taysha Ikenisio, Kelsey Teneti, Kitiona Vai and Rhodes Featherstone join PR7s in USA (see 2 May above)

24 May  Worcester Warriors seek £50,000 from well-wishers to get them through the season

24 May  Ealing Trailfinders announce their coaching team

25 May  Wayne Smith appointed Performance Director for All Blacks and Black Ferns

25 May Fiji mourns the loss of women’s coach Elenoa Kunatubi

25 May  Alice Cooper wins Rugby Union Writers Club award

26 May  PNG 0 Fiji 76; Samoa 69 Tonga 5

26 May  USA Under 23 squad to play against full Brazil and Colombia teams to compete for the Americas Rugby Trophy

28 May  Vicky Fleetwood, RWC winner 2014, announces her retirement

28 May  Japan 72 Kazakhstan 0 (Almaty); Japan to Tier 2, K’stan to Tier 3

28 May  Kenya 52 Cameroon 3; Kenya qualify for Tier 3

28 May  South Africa 79 Madagascar 8; RSA to WXV Tier 2

29 May  Fiji 77 PNG 0

30 May  Samoa 80 PNG 0; Fiji 45 Tonga 12; the 2 winners compete on 3 June for a place in WXV2

30 May Rowena Burnfield (ex-Richmond, Wasps and Quins) to join Ealing Trailfinders; third Red Rose to sign for ET

31 May 300+ candidates for Chair of WRU; successful candidate will help choose  new CEO