Source: INPHO

England v France 2019 – an analysis

Annick Heyraud, France’s experienced manager, had mixed feelings about the 41-26 defeat to England at Doncaster. ‘In the first half we were non-existent’ was her damning judgement. The second half told a different story but it was too steep a hill to climb. The great French sports newspaper L’Équipe was in no doubt: ‘The French

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Source: Inpho

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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Source: DMP Sharks

Where should England’s Red Roses play their home matches?

Where should England Women play their home matches?  A geographical conundrum! Grounds England have played on (in chronological order): Waterloo Moseley Northampton Wolverhampton Wasps Sale Leicester Sunbury (= London Irish?) Leeds Blackheath Worcester Richmond Newbury (2000 – 18 years before the Development XV played there again!) Old Deer Park Richmond Twickenham (1st appearance at HQ

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Source: RFU

England Women appoint Richard Blaze as forwards coach

England Women have appointed Richard Blaze as forwards coach with immediate effect. Former Leicester Tigers lock-turned-coach Blaze will head up the forwards division for the England Women’s team following the departure of Matt Ferguson to Northampton Saints earlier this year.  Blaze joins head coach Simon Middleton and backs coach Scott Bemand to complete the England

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Source: Mike Lee KLC Fotos

England make four changes for Langford Sevens

England Women Sevens head coach James Bailey has made four changes to the England Sevens side that will play in the fourth leg of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Langford, Canada on 12-13 May (streamed live via WorldRugby.org). Olivia Jones, Chantelle Miell, Katie Mason and Sarah McKenna re-join the squad alongside Kelly

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