The HSBC World Rugby 2016/2017 Women’s 7s tournament moves to Kitakyushu, Japan, this weekend (April 22 and 23) for round four. This is the first occasion that Japan has hosted an official Women’s 7s circuit event. It’s part of the national preparation to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup throughout the nation.
After three events, New Zealand lead with 56 points, followed by last year’s victor... Read More
I've looked into the crystal ball to see the future of our men's and women's Olympic programs, and it isn't pretty. The Men’s 7s Eagles are enjoying another fantastic year under head coach Mike Friday, which is why it might be difficult to look past the lipstick and see the warts. But they’re there, and if something’s not done to peek behind the mask of current success, a crash is imminent.
Under... Read More
Japanese women booked a core team spot in next season's HSBC World Rugby 2017-2018 Women's Sevens circuit by going undefeated in six matches at the Hong Kong 7s Qualifying Championship. The Lady Brave Blossoms will replace the last place (12th) squad in this year's, six venue Women's circuit.
Japan defeated improving South Africa 22-10 in the final.
Here are the results of the second day:
Quarter... Read More
The HSBC World Rugby Hong Kong 7s started yesterday with the opening pool rounds of the Women’s Qualifying Championship. The winner of this tournament will qualify as the 12th team in next year’s Women’s 7s event, replacing the team that finishes last in this season’s six contests.
It’s another indicator that World Rugby seeks to expand Women’s 7s rugby footprint, nurturing new teams by... Read More
Canada Women defeated the USA 37-10 to sweep the two-game CAN/AM series. The win also tied up this North American rivalry at 18 wins apiece. The match marked the 30th anniversary of the competition.
The Canadians, who won the first game last Tuesday 39-5, dominated play, especially the scrum. In the two contests, the Maple Leafs outscored the Eagles 76-15.
The series represents the last tune up... Read More
Canada Women easily defeated the USA 39-5 in Chula Vista, California, on Tuesday night, March 28. The match was tied at the break at 5-5 but Canada dominated the second half with a hat trick of tries from Tyson Beukeboom. The Canadians booked five tries in the second half.
The USA play looked ragged, and many times, seemed more to resemble sevens action than fifteens.
If Canada win the rematch... Read More
The European Six Nations Women’s championship concluded last week with England winning the title via a Grand Slam (5-0) defeating the other five nations. The result bodes well for the Red Roses who will defend their Rugby World Cup title, which they won in Paris in 2014, this August when the WRWC kicks off mid-August in Ireland.
The USA and Canadian Women enjoy no such annual tune up competition... Read More
In July and August 1989, Pacific Coast Women toured New Zealand, making it the first ever territorial side sanctioned tour. The team would go 6-1, losing only the opening game to New Zealand (13-7), and winning the next six in a row against club and university fifteens.
In addition to this original sanctioning was the fact that it marked also the first New Zealand Women’s rugby match as a... Read More
England Women won the RBS Six Nations title and Grand Slam (Defeating the other five entrants) by whipping Ireland 34-7 last Saturday at Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin. Both sides were 4-0 going into the finale undefeated. The victory marked England’s first Grand Slam since 2012
England, defending Women’s World Cup Champions from 2014, led by only 5-0 at the break, but poured on four tries in the... Read More
In looking back at the D1 Women’s College Championship, it is unexpected for some that in the past, three Ivy League universities - Radcliffe, Brown, and Princeton - not only competed at the highest (or semi-final) level but also won the tournament. In 1996, Princeton attained its second title in a row, defeating Penn State 20-12 in an event played at Colorado Springs.
Surprisingly, Princeton was... Read More