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Six Nations Latest – The Odds Swing

Big news from France: the FFR announces 28 contracts for 15s players, to bring them in line with their 7s sisters – and more or less in line with their English counterparts, though the fine print of the contracts differs. Complaints are already streaming in about the 50% part-time arrangements set in place. The recipients

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Source: Bruce Perkins

Tyrrells Round 16 – Part One High Drama

The last round before the break for the 6 Nations, and the stakes keep rising. Wasps v Quins The game at Twyford Avenue was in the hands of Nikki O’Donnell, only the second female referee of a Tyrrells game your correspondent has witnessed all season. She was given this important fixture as a warm-up for

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The Women’s 6 Nations is launched

The 6 Nations 2019 version was launched in the swish surroundings of the Hurlingham Club. Nolli Waterman now appeared on the other side of the camera, so to speak, introducing the honoured guests alongside Will Greenwood.   In between generous offerings of  food and Guinness, the official sponsors – though not quite yet the full-time

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Source: Bruce Perkins

Tyrells Round 15

Tyrrells Round 15 – Two Games to Savour Wasps v DMP First to Twyford Avenue, to see if Wasps could stave off both DMP’s assault and – more urgently – Gloucester-Hartpury’s challenge to their right to the play-offs. DMP had a player called T. Taylor listed on their bench, and sure enough, Tamara at last appeared

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28 Professional Contracts announced – The Die is cast

Here is the full list of the first full-time professional women rugby players: Zoe Aldcroft (Gloucester-Hartpury Womens RFC) Sarah Beckett (Firwood Waterloo Ladies) Sarah Bern (Bristol Bears Women) Hannah Botterman (Saracens Women) Jess Breach (Harlequins Ladies) Jo Brown (Loughborough Lightning) Shaunagh Brown (Harlequins Ladies) Rachael Burford (Harlequins Ladies) Rowena Burnfield (Richmond FC)* Bryony Cleall (Saracens

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Tyrrells Round 12

It was great to see Amy Cokayne restored to active rugby service for Wasps in the most auspicious of circumstances. She has just graduated as an RAF officer. Is she their first England international since the great Rory Underwood, still the nation’s record try-scorer? Saracens turn the screw to deny Richmond Sarries proved their strength

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