Source: INPHO

The French announce an initial World-Cup Squad

Thomas Darracq has published 38 names of players to form a wider training group for the World Cup. It will be reduced to 32 at the end of the timetable shown below. The Squad: ANNERY Julie (Stade Français Paris) BANET Cyrielle (Montpellier) BERNADOU Rose (Montpellier) BERTHOUMIEU Axelle (Blagnac) BOUJARD Caroline Montpellier) BOULARD Émilie (Chilly Mazarin) BOURDON Pauline (Stade Toulousain) BOURGEOIS

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Source: FFR

A big Change in French Rugby

After two consecutive changes in the lower reaches of the management of les Bleues, a third is the most dramatic and far-reaching: Thomas Darracq, brought in last year to a new position termed ‘Responsable Sportif’ for Women’s Rugby continues his giddy rise by being appointed ‘Sélectionneur-entraîneur’ (Selector-Coach), a new position, but one that places him

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Source: World Rugby

Is Life fair? – World Rankings

On 19 April I was unwise enough to refer to the three nations at the top table, England, New Zealand and France. It was all about world rankings. I pointed to the narrow margin between the latter two: 88.58 and 88.43 Then came the Big Battle between France and England at Bayonne. Result: not only

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France v England Preview Two

Question: does Simon Middleton need his strongest possible side out to face France? Yes: A Grand Slam is a Grand Slam and not to be taken lightly. Rankings are at stake. England sit a proud top; they don’t want to see the gap between them and the chasers narrow by even a decimal pointlet. A

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France v England Preview One

What do these scores have in common? They are in chronological order: 12-10 10-10 5-15 7-0 14-12 Yes, they are the half-time scores in the last five England-France matches (England score shown first). All ended in England victories, the only wide margin being the 33-10 win in Grenoble (that’s the 10-10). Even that job saw

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Source: INPHO

Who need Backs? Wales versus France

Starters (For your main course, please scroll down the menu) This was Wales’ second chance to test themselves against one of the big beasts, and a fourth time Ioan Cunningham could refine his squad selection. He restored his captain to the No 8 slot and reintroduced Beth Lewis at open-side. Leaving Sioned Harries on the bench

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Wales up against it

Wales are right up against as they come to face France at the Arms Park on Friday evening. They haven’t won in the last five contests, the French topping 50 points over the last three. Ioan Cunningham has adjusted his starting 15 again, restoring his captain to No 8 and bringing Beth Lewis in on

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The State of the (Three) Nations

A Health Check for England, France and New Zealand Despite all the big advances in women’s rugby in 2022 there are still very few places at the top table. Here’s a look at the three leading nations to see how they compare and contrast: England, France and New Zealand. That is their alphabetical order, and

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