World Rugby’s global campaign to revolutionise women’s rugby

World Rugby has today launched a new ‘Women in Rugby’ brand identity and landmark global campaign ‘Try and Stop Us’ aimed at driving increased participation and engagement among fans, audiences, players and investors in the women’s game. The global campaign, developed with the support of national unions and regions, uses striking imagery and the inspiring

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The 2018-9 Season – Where do we stand?

A brief glance around the world, then a closer look at matters European In April 2019 Sir Bill Beaumont, Chairman of World Rugby (WR), commented on the new pathway to qualify for the next World Cup: “Last year we announced significant remodelling of the Women’s Rugby World Cup format to ensure that the competition continues

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Parents crucial in supporting players of the future

Support from parents is the single-most important factor in nurturing young rugby players, new research by a Swansea University team for the Rugby Football Union has found. The findings have already prompted England Rugby to introduce a requirement that the country’s 14 regional academies show how they are engaging with parents. The research was carried

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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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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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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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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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