Women’s Rugby

2031/33 Rugby World Cup hosts are the right choices: Opinion
Connor Dickins - May 17, 2022

World Rugby gets plenty of stick yet deserves praise for its decisions over the last 12 months with the freshly appointed Rugby World Cup hosts being one of them. Other policies and decisions include; the change in eligibility laws will that allow Pacific Island teams to compete and encourage their qualified national representatives to continue […]

Allianz Premier 15s: meet the Title Contenders
Edward Munro-Martin - Mar 17, 2022

Last weekend, a Saracens side depleted by injury beat Gloucester-Hartpury to secure their position at the top of the 2021/22 Allianz Premier 15s table, with two rounds still to play. So, with the title race heating up (once sides return from Six Nations representation), Last Word on Rugby considers ‘who are the title contenders?’ and […]

Women's 2022 Super W draw to include Fijiana side

As the training intensifies, the Women’s 2022 Super W competition in Australia has been boosted with the addition of a Fijiana Drua side. This adds a fresh women’s component to match the incoming men’s Fijian Drua teams’ debut season. They are due to be a new part of the full 2022 Super Rugby Pacific draw […]

NZ Rugby 2021 had some Good and some Bad

In the calendar year, reports and analysis are due and with consideration of the NZ Rugby 2021 season, you would be correct in classifying it as ‘some good, some bad’. Unsettled yes. Disastrous, No. That isn’t accurate. Three losses for the national team yes – both men’s and the women’s Black Ferns disappointed. Each had […]

Red Roses win seals favouritism for RWC2021

Twin victories; and powerful wins over their Rugby World Cup rivals, mean that this latest Red Roses win has sealed the England women’s favouritism for RWC2021 above their rivals, New Zealand. Record wins at that. 56-15. Another record-winning margin over the current World Champions. And following on from the previous week’s record Red Roses win […]

Beauden Barrett 100 test caps and Black Ferns celebrate 100th Test

Accomplishing three digits in sport is something to be celebrated. That means for Beauden Barrett 100 test caps makes him the 11th All Black to achieve that statistic, as the New Zealand Black Ferns women’s XV celebrate their 100th Test against the England Red Roses on Sunday. Two distinct moments for an individual and for […]

Women's Autumn Test window ready to open

As well as confirming the men’s calendar, the Women’s Autumn Test window is ‘ready to open’ in 2021. Many of the world’s leading nations are descending on Europe for a series of tests that are significant for their immediate outcomes, as well as the long-term goals for each country. Bringing teams north are New Zealand […]

England and France to host World Champion Black Ferns in 2021 Series

At a time when women’s rugby needs to be counted, England and France will host the World Champion Black Ferns in the 2021 International Autumn Series. Announced by both the New Zealand Rugby and England Rugby Union(s) with an eye toward the 2022 schedule for the postponed Rugby World Cup tournament. That, as well as […]

Women's rugby rankings reward England

Coming one week after victory over France, quite rightly, the International Women’s rugby rankings have rewarded England. The 10-6 win over France gave the Roses a third successive Women’s Six Nations title. World Rugby released data on the rugby rankings permutations, after last weekend’s result. It has reinforced the existing number one ranked side, while […]

Red Roses England women's rugby team secure win against Scotland
Elizabeth Cartwright - Apr 3, 2021

The Red Roses England women’s rugby team secured their first win in the 2021 Women’s Six Nations Championship on Saturday afternoon. Simon Middleton’s side beat Scotland 52-10, scoring eight tries to one. The current Six Nations title holders – who go into the tournament as clear favourites – got their campaign off to the perfect […]

WXV aims to benefit Women's game

After years of devotion to projecting the women’s game as being an area of growth, World Rugby has bravely chosen to announce the new WXV global strategy that will begin in 2023. In the unease of choosing to formally postpone the 2021 Rugby World Cup tournament until 2022, a fresh World Rugby women’s rugby fund […]

Bad news for Women's rugby fans if Rugby World Cup postponed

There’s nothing else that you can say about it. It will be bad news for Women’s rugby fans if the Rugby World Cup 2021 is postponed. That is across the board, women or men because any Rugby World Cup postponed is disappointing. That is from the athlete’s point of view. From stakeholders to the organizer’s […]

Madrid 7s 2021 finale, Spanish women crowned
Edward Anderson - Mar 3, 2021

The last weekend of February saw the Madrid 7s 2021 finale and despite setbacks, it was a worthy sendoff. As well, as predicted in February by this writer, the Spanish women were crowned as the 2020 Rugby Europe Women’s Champions – yet again. And with this continued success, how is it that one of the […]

Spain Rugby Europe Women's Champions 2020
Paul Peerdeman - Mar 1, 2021

On February 28, the crown was firmly positioned with Spain Rugby Europe Women’s Champions for 2020. With their win over the Netherlands, they also secure a spot in the European qualifying tournament for the RWC 2021. 🏆 | Introducing the 2020 Women's Rugby Europe Champions and now taking their place in the @rugbyworldcup European Qualifier…[email protected]! […]

Madrid 7's 2021
Edward Anderson - Feb 24, 2021

Madrid 7’s 2021 Week 1 With the successful hosting of the first week of the Madrid 7’s 2021, plus a win for the Spanish Women’s team in their pursuit of Rugby Union World Cup Qualification, it has been a week of success for Spanish Rugby. On the field, the Argentinan 7’s Men’s team triumphed over […]

Spain savages Russia in 2020 Rugby Europe Women's Championship
Paul Peerdeman - Feb 21, 2021

It is rare to see one side so utterly dominant in a rugby match. But that is what happened today when Spain hosted Russia. Spain savaged Russia in that penultimate match of the 2020 Rugby Europe Women’s Championship. The scoring opened with a short-range drop goal by Spain, after which Russia ran in their single […]

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Ben Smith Nasi Manu 'championship combo' to inspire 2023 Highlanders

The Ben Smith Nasi Manu ‘championship combo’ who took the side to the franchise’s only Super Rugby title, have been assigned key management roles to inspire the 2023 Highlanders squad. Highlanders head coach Clarke Dermody will welcome the pair to both senior roles in the administration, but more likely in how they each work with […]

Autumn International Series
Charlie Inglefield - Feb 21, 2021

The Springboks have roared back into being one of the favorites for the World Cup next year. They utterly destroyed England at Twickenham on Saturday despite being at half-strength. They join Ireland and France as genuine contenders. There were upsets, led by Georgia’s memorable win over Wales, last-minute thrillers, and plenty of controversies. Charlie Inglefield […]

Doddie Weir 1970-2022

Over this weekend, the rugby world paid it’s last respects to Doddie Weir. The former Scotland and British and Irish Lions’ player succumbed to his debilitating motor neuron disease at the age of 52. From the personal tributes and obituaries, a sense of the man can be found. One who played with energy and pride, […]

Wallabies victory 'stolen' out of the arms of defeat against Wales

In a memorable revival, this weekend’s Wallabies victory was one ‘stripped out of the arms of defeat’ against Wales. Stolen because the Welsh side had stretched out to a 20-13 lead after a pair of Australian players were sanctioned with yellow cards. Yet from that poor position, the Wallabies would then add 26 unanswered points, […]

Autumn International Series
Charlie Inglefield - Feb 21, 2021

South Africa’s Autumn International Series 27-13 demolition of England on Saturday at Twickenham was a brutal reality check for English rugby. England were completely dominated in every department. To further compound what was one of the worst displays by an England rugby team in many a year, the Springboks were down to 14 men going […]

France's flanker Charles Ollivon celebrates win on November 12, 2022
Connor Dickins - Feb 21, 2021

Are ‘rugby values’ truly superior to those of other sports? Not according to Rugby analyst Robbie Owen (or Squidge Rugby, as preferably known). According to Owen, rugby often pats itself on the back for actions that “other sports can do without needing a round of applause”. Some fans may not like it, but he is […]

England's 'finishers' provide blueprint to beat the Springboks
Charlie Inglefield - Feb 21, 2021

Sir Clive Woodward is not a fan of the expression ‘Finishers’. His understandable argument is that all players should be capable of playing 80 minutes. But with all due respect to Sir Clive, England’s finishers nearly pulled off a remarkable victory over the All Blacks on Saturday. Messrs. Dave Ribbans, Mako Vunipola, Will Stuart, Freddie […]

Suspensions to Antoine DuPont/Pieter-Steph du Toit for red cards

With suspensions announced for star players Antoine DuPont and Pieter-Steph du Toit, it comes at the wrong time for World Rugby. The last fully contested weekend of the Autumn Nations Series was bereft of two superstars that are both former recipients of World Rugby men’s Player of the Year. It is bad timing, especially for […]