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England appoint Louis Deacon as women’s forwards coach

England Women have appointed Louis Deacon as forwards coach with immediate effect. Former England and Leicester Tigers lock-turned-coach Deacon will have responsibility for the forwards division. He takes over from Mark Luffman, who held the role on an interim-basis following the departure of Richard Blaze to Wasps last year. Deacon joins the Red Roses from

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On the Move

Premier 15s clubs have announced more new signings Susie Appleby, DoR of Exeter Chiefs, will be delighted and relieved to welcome back a host of her international stars from abroad. Signatures to date include the Eagles quartet, Jennine Duncan, Gabby Cantorna, Kate Zackary and Rachel Johnson; the Maple Leafs, Emily Tuttosi and McKinley Hunt, the

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Team GB off to winning start

Opening match wins for Australia, Canada, France, Great Britain, New Zealand and the USA at Tokyo Stadium in first session of women’s rugby sevens competition Reigning Olympic Champions Australia begin campaign with a 48-0 win against hosts Japan. Top seeds New Zealand start their quest for a first Olympic sevens gold medal with a 29-7

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Bristol say Farewell to Seven

Dave Ward’s broom is sweeping clean. Bristol Bears announce the departure of no fewer than seven players. No reasons are offered. The one big surprise is Clara Nielson, the only Red Rose the Bears had available all last season; she was their captain too. The other names are Chelsea Jones, Gemma Rowland, Lauren Smyth, Megan

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Katy Daley-Mclean takes on new Job

News that Katy Daley-Mclean has been appointed Performance Lead for Sale Sarks is important on several fronts. First, the title: she acquires a new style of job, neither Head Coach nor Director of Rugby. Second, she becomes only the fourth woman (after Giselle Mather, Jo Yapp and Susie Appleby) to lead a Premier 15s club

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Welsh Women’s Rugby near Breaking Point?

Back last April I wrote: ‘WRU’s idea of placing its best players in an optimal position is to advise them to cross the Severn Bridge and join an Allianz Premier 15s club. Back at home the structures at club and regional level are inadequate.’ The situation in Wales now becomes more dire. Ex-international Gemma Hallett

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Jess Breach re-signs for Harlequins

Harlequins Women have confirmed that Jess Breach has re-signed with the Club ahead of the 2021/22 Allianz Premier 15s season. Breach featured in the Famous Quarters ten times throughout the 2020/21 season scoring one of the tries of the season in the Club’s semi-final against Wasps at The Stoop in May. Still just 23-years-old and

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Vickii Cornborough re-signs for Quins

Harlequins Women have announced that England international Vickii Cornborough has re-signed with the Club ahead of the 2021/22 Allianz Premier 15s season. The prop has been a mainstay in the Harlequins and England matchday squads for five seasons, making her 50th appearance for the Red Roses against France during the 2020 Women’s Six Nations before

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Italy rejigs its Elite Club Structure

On 16 July the Italian Rugby Union (FIR) announced its new plans for women’s club rugby next season. Daniele Pacini, the Technical Director, laid out the next steps towards building a thriving set of club competitions to raise Italy’s standing in world rugby. Six clubs will form an elite league (Group A) within Serie A,

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