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The French mean Business

The French have outlined their programme for the run-in to the World Cup. They mean business. It isn’t so much the two warm-up games announced (see below), it is the intensive sequence of training sessions that precede it. Annick Hayraud often mentioned the lack of time the staff had in assembling the full group for

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Lamb Stakes a Place

England v South Africa, 1st ODI, Northampton Emma Lamb’s international fortunes turned sharply for the better. Her hundred at the top of the order was just what England needed and she deserved. Her previous history was limited to a duck and 0 not out as she came to the middle with one ball left –

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More good news for Wales

The WRU has announced more contracts and new terms for the head coach, Ioan Cunningham. This is just the sort of news that boosts confidence as the Welsh squad prepares for the World Cup. There are five new full contracts, for Alex Callender, Cara Hope, Caryl Thomas, Liliana Podpadec and Megan Webb. Robyn Wilkins has

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Thinking big, thinking long

The Future of the Premier 15s The working party looking into the future of the Premier 15s has been thinking big, thinking long. Gone is the pattern of 3-year cycles used twice since 2017, to be replaced by a 10-year plan. And the sums involved are far larger than anything contemplated before. The RFU’s commitiment

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An England A Squad down the Proteas

The new-look England A squad had a thoroughly encouraging win over South Africa at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. They won a T20 game comfortably by 15 runs, having posted 155 against a Proteas attack missing Marizanne Kapp. It was officially described as a warm-up, but that applied mainly to the Proteas; the English could only hope

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England A Squad Players on view at Beckenham

Lisa Keightley, England’s head coach, offered wise words: ‘The players need as much cricket as possible.’ The addition of A-squad fixtures against South Africa is one of the best ways to ensure this happens. The latest selection shows a numbers of changes since the game at Arundel. Two wise old heads, Danni Wyatt and Lauren

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June Rugby Diary

A crowded diary has significant final entries 1 June Fi Fletcher of Harlequins becomes the first Prem 15s player to announce her retirement this season 1 June Thomas Darracq appointed to take charge of the French team. Annick Hayraud remains as manager 1 June Debbie Carty becomes the first female president of Leinster 3 June

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The Red Roses take exciting Shape

The training squad of 37 that Simon Middleton has announced contains several pieces of heartening news. Claudia Macdonald takes pride of place as she is restored to health after a career-threatening neck injury. Second, the inclusion of Abby Dow after her broken leg in the Wales match. While we can’t assume she will be fully

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