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The 6 Nations Opener – England see off Ireland

The Red Roses amassed eight tries at Energia Park, Donnybrook, a ground that is fast becoming an all-timefavourite of theirs, after the Grand Slam win there in 2017. This was a significant day in the world of women’s rugby, the first time a full-term professional side had taken the field. For most of the 80 minutes,

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World Rugby women’s development action plan drives global growth

Since the inception of World Rugby’s ambitious plan, Accelerating the Global Development of Women in Rugby 2017-2025, which aims to strengthen and support the growth of the women’s game and promote parity, important advances have been made both on and off the field in year one of implementation. With 9.6 million players recorded globally, latest

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HSBC Sydney Sevens Day One

New Zealand, Ireland and defending champions Australia topped their pools after a day of upsets at the HSBC Sydney Sevens at Spotless Stadium on Saturday. The Black Ferns Sevens, who have now won 33 consecutive matches on the series since their Cup final loss in Sydney a year ago, were the only side with a perfect

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James Bailey names women’s Sevens squad for Sydney

England Women Sevens head coach James Bailey has named his 12-player squad for the HSBC Sydney Sevens taking place on 1-3 February. The side remains unchanged from the HSBC New Zealand Sevens ‘Fast Four’ invitational competition last weekend where England won bronze after playing New Zealand, China and France in a round-robin contest. Broadcast live on

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6 Nations – Before the Starting-Pistol fires

Squads announced and other matters The England Squad to play Ireland in Dublin on Friday, 1 February: 15. Sarah McKenna (Saracens) 14. Jess Breach (Harlequins) 13. Emily Scarratt (Loughborough) 12. Tatyana Heard (Gloucester-Hartpury) 11. Kelly Smith (Gloucester-Hartpury) 10. Katy Daley-Mclean (Loughborough)  9. Leanne Riley (Harlequins)  1. Hannah Botterman (Saracens)  2. Lark Davies (Worcester)  3. Sarah

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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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