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Wales – ‘Mistakes were made‘

In his annual report the chairman of the Welsh Rugby Union, Rob Butcher, has addressed the problem of women’s rugby in the Principality. It amounts to an admission of guilt. He resorts to the use of the future tense to an alarming degree, rather like a government promising gold at the end of the rainbow:

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Fast Four moves on to Edmonton

Great Britain women will be aiming to repeat their HSBC Canada Sevens triumphs achieved in Vancouver last weekend, but will face stiff competition over two days of intense action as a Series event is contested for the first time at Commonwealth Stadium on 25-26 September. There is a strong line-up for the women’s Fast Four

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Vancouver Fast Four Sevens – Day Two

‘Semi-final’ GB v Mexico A ‘semi’ only by the terms of the tournament – there were only four teams involved. Mexico continued their much improved form to make GB work hard in the opening stages. But the moment the top seeds turned over possession, Grace Crompton again showed her qualities, scooting away untouched down the

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Vancouver Fast Four Sevens – First Day

Team GB made a highly encouraging start to their campaign. They eased into things with a victory over Mexico, but Mexico showed how far they have advanced since they last met at the Quest for Gold in Los Angeles. Last time it was a 76-0 thrashing, but in the covered BC Place Stadium GB had

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Calling the RFU!

Allianz Premier 15s – Round Three Bristol Bears 115 DMPDS 0 What is the RFU going to do about it? In 2017 there were two broad criteria clubs had to meet to join the new Premier 15s league: playing strength on the field and minimum operating standards off the field. You need a microscope to

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Is Twinning Winning? – Saints link with Lightning

Now Northampton Saints have jumped on the bandwagon. They announce a partnership with Loughborough Lightning which parallels the link between Leicester Tigers and Lichfield published last month – except that Lichfield had been rejected when the Premier 15s was set up in 2017. Lightning are one of two campus-based clubs in the league, the other

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The Big Game – Fire and Ice

With the long-awaited return of spectators at live events, double English Champions Harlequins has announced the return of the world’s biggest annual club rugby event for a thirteenth year. Big Game 13, supported by Charles Stanley Wealth Managers, will mark Harlequins’ second-ever Double Header, with both the Club’s Men’s and Women’s teams in action for

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