Where should England Women play their home matches? A geographical conundrum! Grounds England have played on (in chronological order): Waterloo Moseley Northampton Wolverhampton Wasps Sale Leicester Sunbury (= London Irish?) Leeds Blackheath Worcester Richmond Newbury (2000 – 18 years before the Development XV played there again!) Old Deer Park Richmond Twickenham (1st appearance at HQ
The first Quilter International – England v The USA – Allianz Park 9 November 2018 Part One If you’re anxious for the action, move straight to Part Two… The England squad selected: 15. Sarah McKenna (Saracens) 14. Lydia Thompson (Worcester Valkyries) 13. Carys Williams (Loughborough Lightning)* 12. Tatyana Heard (Gloucester-Hartpury)* 11. Kelly Smith (Gloucester-Hartpury) 10. Katy
The double-header here means playing a women’s match either before or after a men’s match on the same ground. They have been warmly welcomed by most experienced women administrators and players. They benefit by introducing women’s rugby to enthusiasts who might otherwise hold it in low regard or have no opinion about it at all.
First Quilter Autumn International – Allianz Park 9 November 2018 Simon Middleton has announced the following England Squad: 15. Sarah McKenna (Saracens) 14. Lydia Thompson (Valkyries) 13. Carys Williams (Lightning)* 12. Tatyana Heard (Gloucester-Hartpury)* 11. Kelly Smith (Gloucester-Hartpury) 10. Katy Daley-Mclean (Lightning) 9. Leanne Riley (Harlequins) 1. Ellena Perry (Saracens)* 2. Lark Davies (Valkyries) 3. Shaunagh
Quins v Wasps The Stoop 4 November 2018 Yet another London derby, and you could sense what it meant to the teams. Once the solemn minute of silence had been observed, cudgels were picked up again. A total of four yellow cards by the end tells its own story. Both the opening scores were penalty
The United Kingdom Armed Forces side (UKAF) met the South African Women in the first match of their European tour at Rosslyn Park. It was a game out of theordinary in several respects – a marching military band, a Last Post and Reveille, a Minute’s Silence and an extended firework display next door for starters.
Tyrrells Round 7 – Part 1 – Worcester Woes There was no sense of gloom and doom at Sixways as the Valkyries took on Bristol Bears in the search for a debut victory. It was a bitter day of north wind and freezing rain, fit for winter warmers. Valkyries’ main problems lie in their defensive patterns.
It was a nice coincidence. A few hours after the top four teams in New Zealand played off in the finals of the Farah Palmer Cup and Championship, the two finalists in last season’s final of the fledgling Tyrrells Premier League took up stations at the Stoop. Saracens were defending a perfect record with the most
A First Stepping-stone The announcement of the Elite Squad to represent England in the Quilter Internationals this November marks the next staging post on the long journey to the 2021 World Cup. The 28 players listed will all be delighted and relieved to see their names on the board, not least the seven debutants. But
Pride of place DMP Sharks must take centre stage after Round 5 of the Tyrrells Premier 15s. Tamara Taylor was proud beyond measure at the first win over the once-invincible Richmond. This takes them up to 7th in the table and Richmond’s fallible run continues. Results: DMP 15