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A Look Back at the Pacific Four Series

How is the WXV looking? On almost every front the recently completed Pacific-4 Series in New Zealand must be counted a success. World Rugby can look back with pride and some relief to see the first full outing of its new baby, the WXV, pass off so successfully. Only the weather failed to behave itself,

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Black Ferns Make a Statement

Pacific Four Series – Round 3 New Zealand v USA The Black Ferns finished their home tournament undefeated, playing the Eagles off the field with a display that warned future opponents of the standards they used to achieve. Despite the rain, most of their game was in good working order. Only the line-out remained a

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Canada win despite Deficiencies

Pacific Four series – Round Three Canada v Australia This was the sort of game the WXV was designed for. Amazingly the Wallaroos and the Maple Leafs had met only three times in the past and the Wallaroos had yet to win. The rain started shortly after kick-off and affected the flow of play. But

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The French announce an initial World-Cup Squad

Thomas Darracq has published 38 names of players to form a wider training group for the World Cup. It will be reduced to 32 at the end of the timetable shown below. The Squad: ANNERY Julie (Stade Français Paris) BANET Cyrielle (Montpellier) BERNADOU Rose (Montpellier) BERTHOUMIEU Axelle (Blagnac) BOUJARD Caroline Montpellier) BOULARD Émilie (Chilly Mazarin) BOURDON Pauline (Stade Toulousain) BOURGEOIS

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Lark Davies moves West

The first big signing of the close season has been announced. Lark Davies of Loughborough Lightning, moves to Bristol Bears for 2022-23. She was at Worcester Warriors (then Valkyries) in the first years of the Premier 15s, captaining them through a difficult period when wins were hard to find. In 2019 she moved to Loughborough

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Shock Setback just side-stepped

Black Ferns v Wallaroos – Pacific Four Round One The Black Ferns had an almighty shock as the Wallaroos led the dance at half-time 10-5. They were well worth their lead; in dreadful conditions, the rain teeming down, their pack ruled the roost and their backs proved far more cohesive than anyone had a right to

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