The FFR has announced an enlarged group in preparation for their two autumn tests against England. The names in italics are additions to the 26 awarded new contracts last month. ANNERY Julie (Stade Français Paris) ARRICASTRE Lise (Lons Rugby Féminin Béarn Pyrénées) BANET Cyrielle (Montpellier RC) BOUDAUD Camille (Stade Toulousain Rugby) BOUJARD Caroline (Montpellier RC)
At last the RFU has published its new list of 28 contracted players for the coming season and up to August 2020. They are: Zoe Aldcroft (Gloucester-Hartpury Women) Sarah Beckett (Harlequins Women) Sarah Bern (Bristol Bears Women) Hannah Botterman (Saracens Women) Shaunagh Brown (Harlequins Women) Bryony Cleall (Saracens Women)* Poppy Cleall (Saracens Women) Amy Cokayne
First, some higher mathematics: Quins 101 Richmond 0 Sarries 46 Richmond 0 So by rights, Quins should beat Sarries 55-0 in the Grand Final next May. Or will they? Before we look at Richmond’s second outing, the Saturday games must lead the way. There was a highly significant result at Shaftesbury Park. Loughborough, their eyes
I can’t claim to have seen all the great English wicket-keepers of the post-war period, but I did see one, Leslie Ames, who dates from before the war. Though by the time I saw him in a Kent county game in the early 1950s he no longer wore the gloves. Who have there been since?
Fifteen French female referees met at Marcoussis recently to prepare themselves for the coming season. Fitness, both physical and mental, were on the menu. Their aim is to reach the standard being set by the current No 1 French referee, Aurélie Groizeleau, and increase the number of highly qualified female referees at the FFR’s disposal.
The cricket season is not over: Harlequins posted the first century in the Tyrrells as Richmond were sent back up the A316 carrying with them a 0-101 defeat at the Stoop. They won’t be thanking the fixture-setters for offering them the two finalists (twice over) for their first two games. Simon Middleton had promised to
On Saturday the opening round of the third season on the Premier 15s kicks off. All ten clubs know how much hangs from their performances through the season. The four who finish bottom will face the agony of coming under surveillance by a panel, to test whether other clubs – either from lower divisions or
Philip Doyle, the Scotland Head Coach, has announced a squad of 26 to play two tests in South Africa at the end of September: Forwards Christine Belisle (Cartha Queens Park) Sarah Bonar (Loughborough Lightning) Lisa Cockburn (Darlington Mowden Park) Mairi Forsyth (Corstorphine Cougars) Megan Kennedy (Stirling County RFC) Jade Konkel (Harlequins) Rachel Malcolm (Loughborough Lightning)
The season hasn’t started, the Autumn internationals haven’t taken place, but already we can look forward to the Six Nations 2020-version with renewed anticipation, if not 20:20 vision. Steep as this climb will be for all the participants, a yet more demanding peak lies on the horizon: the next Rugby World Cup in New Zealand
The third season of the Tyrrells starts in a fortnight and the transfers keep coming. But two big news items take precedence. First, Exeter’s long-trumpeted decision to establish a women’s section, with a view to applying to join the Tyrrells next year; second, the award of professional terms to players at Worcester Warriors and Saracens.