Source: RPA

April Rugby Diary 2024

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Hard to fit it all in

1 April Vickii Cornborough (England and Quins prop, 75 caps and mother of twin daughters), announces her retirement
2 April GB7s post adjusted squad for Hong Kong Sevens
4 April France announce a 33-player squad for remaining 6N matches
4 April World Rugby has issued an apology for publishing ‘misogynistic’ guidance on how to coach women and girls
4 April Aoife Wafer (Ireland) named Player of Round Two of the 6 Nations
4 April Chris Delooze and Sam Needs appointed Wallaroos assistant coaches
5 April Cliodhna Moloney recalled to Irish squad after 2 years
5 April World Rugby confirms dates and locations for World Cups 2025-2033
5-6 April 4th round of Super W
6 April Final rounds, Six Nations U18s, Colwyn Bay; France finish unbeaten as usual
5-7 April Hong Kong Sevens; final: New Zealand beat USA 36-7
6 April Netherlands 5 Spain 22, Amsterdam
9 April Reports of a possible Champions Cup, involving PWR, Elite 1, Celtic Challenge and Latin Challenge teams
9 April England to meet France and New Zealand at home in September
10 April Once more World Rugby ponders over introducung the size 4.5 ball for women
10 April USA Rugby launches Women’s Elite Rugby (WER), first pro-rugby league in the States; to start in 2025
12 April Rugby Canada’s AGM: Kathleen McGinn replaces Sally Dennis (her term competed) as Chair of the Board of Directors; Karen Paquin, Lauren Wolman and Tara Erskine also on the board
13 April 6N: Scotland 0 England 46, Edinburgh; Ireland 36 Wales 5, Cork
13 April Trailfinders Women 28 Belgium Rugby 0, Ealing, London
13 April Sweden 0 Spain 53 (Trelleborg), so Spain win Euro Championship yet again
13 April 141st Melrose Sevens, where it all began; Mike Bleasdale Cup final: Shogun 38 Hammerhead 7s 7
13 April After 5 rounds of Super Rugby W in regular season NSW Waratahs lie top unbeaten
13 April Final of Super Aupiki: Blues 24 Chiefs Manawa 18
14 April 6N: France 38 Italy 15, Paris
15 April 44,500 tickets already sold for England-Ireland at HQ, 20 April
17 April Rugby Afrique restricts its RWC qualifiers to 4 teams, so Zimbabwe and Zambia miss out
17 April Disciplinary committee verdict: Amy Cokayne given 1-week ban with 50% mitigation; right of appeal allowed; misses Ireland match
17 April Aoife Wafer (Ireland) wins Player and Try of Round 3, Six Nations
19 April Jodie Ounsley (Exeter Chiefs and England 7s) retires from rugby
20 April 6N: England 88 Ireland 10, Twickenham; Italy 10 Scotland 17, Parma
20 April Twickenham attendance 48,778
20 April France U20s 74 England U20s 0, Rouen; biggest England women’s loss ever
21 April 6N: Wales 0 France 40, Cardiff
21 April NZR announces 40 new contracted Black Ferns
22 April Cadbury become new Principal Partner of Wallaroos
23 April Chloe Rollie (Scotland and Loughborough) receives 6-match ban for illegal tackle, reduced to three with full mitigation. She misses the Ireland game
24 April Sue Day MBE, Chief Operations Officer and Chief Financial Officer at the RFU, ex- England captain with 59 caps and England’s record try-scorer, has been appointed Director of Women’s Football by the FA
25 April The RFU won the ‘Event of the Year’ category, awarded by Sport Industry Group (SIG), for its “Red Roses Rock Twickenham”
27 April 6N: Wales 22 Italy 20, Cardiff; Ireland 15 Scotland 12, Belfast; France 21 England 42, Bordeaux
27 April England win 6N Grand Slam; Ireland qualify for RWC
27 April WRU Women’s Plate Final: Haverfordwest 26 Bonymaen 32
27 April Ellie Kildunne hopes to rejoin GB7s squad
28 April Allianz Cup final (England): Bristol Bears 17 Saracens 31, Shaftesbury Park Bristol
28 April Sonia Green appeared for her 329th and last time for Saracens
28 April AIL final: Railway Union 38 UL Bohemian 48, Aviva Stadium, Dublin
28 April USA 7 Canada 50, Los Angeles; first Pacific 4 match
29 April Jo Yapp announces her first Wallaroos squad of 30 players
30 April Assia Khalfaoui (France) given 2-match suspension for red card in England game; full 50% mitigation applied
30 April 1.9m peak viewing figure for England-France match (see 27th above)
30 April Allan Bunting announces 30-strong Black Ferns squad

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