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Autumn Internationals – Referee Appointments

World Rugby has given an early posting of the appointments to sixteen international matches to be played this autumn. Pride of place goes to Aimee Barrett-Theron who is given the honour of controlling the first of the two clashes between the top two-ranked nations, then the first of the France-New Zealand encounters. It is a

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Wales – New Developments

The WRU has announced that the three men brought in as interim coaches for Wales Women will stay in post through to the World Cup. They are Ioan Cunningham, Geraint Lewis and Richard Whiffin, assisted by Sophie Spence, the intern. This is a sensible move to ensure stability and a degree of certainty for the

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Autumn Tours Schedule Update

Here’s an update of the international matches coming up over the coming weeks. Your diary could scarcely be more crowded. 31 October England v New Zealand, Exeter 1 November USA v Canada Glendale, Colorado 5 November USA v Canada Glendale, Colorado 6 November France v South Africa, Vannes 7 November England v New Zealand, Northampton

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Canada’s Touring Squad Autumn 2021

Sandro Fiorino, the Canadian Head Coach, has announced the names of 32 players to undertake their USA and European tour this autumn: Alex Ellis (Barrhaven Scottish/Saracens) Alexandra Tessier (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC) Brianna Miller (Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC) Brittany Kassil (Guelph Redcoats) Courtney Holtkamp (Red Deer Titans) DaLeaka Menin (Exeter Chiefs) Elissa Alarie (Westshore RFC/SABRFC/Braves de TR) Emily Belchos

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The USA Squad for the Autumn Tests Announced

Rob Cain has announced 31 names of players to undertake four test autumn matches. They are: Catherine Benson (Sale) Amy Talei Bonte (Gloucester-Hartpury) Elizabeth Cairns (Life West Gladiatrix) Kayla Canett (USA Sevens) Gabby Cantorna (Exeter) Jennine Detiveaux (Exeter) Rachel Ehrecke* (Colorado Gray Wolves) Joanne Nana Fa’avesi (USA Sevens) Tess Feury (New York Rugby) Megan Foster

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When in doubt, form a committee

The Lions start debating a Women’s Tour Establishing a feasible Women’s Lions tour isn’t as easy as we would love it to be. The men’s version has the advantage of 130 years of experience and tradition. Picking a squad to represent the British and Irish Lions is the easy bit. The problems start there: who

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300 Not Out

Saracens v Exeter Chiefs Sonia ‘Sonic’ Green ran out alone to mark her 300th game for Sarries, a quite extraordinary achievement. Even Rocky Clark’s record of 137 caps for England is likely to be broken before Sonia’s. Exeter started by hushing the large crowd with quick-fire attacks. So quick that Sarries left a ruck unguarded

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Decisive Changes to the Red Roses

Simon Middleton has announced the names of 40 players (listed below) to join the training squad preparing for the four autumn internationals. But his most significant statement concerns Sevens. Players will no longer be able to switch from one format to the other. So all 40 have had to commit themselves to 15s for the

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