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Women's 7s Begin in Glendale - The HSBC Women's 7s returns to Glendale's Infinity Park this weekend after a two-year hiatus from the USA after having been cobbled in during the HSBC Las Vegas Sevens in March of 2016. Prior to that, the tournament was played in Georgia. World Rugby wants to maintain a six-tournament schedule for the Women to maximize competition, especially now that rugby for both genders is part of the summer Olympics. A clear indication of the women's game gaining in popularity was the transfer in France from Clermont-Ferrand to Paris, where the event is currently paired with the Men's 7s, the last tournament of the circuit inside the 20,000 seat Jean Bouin Stadium.
Women's Tests in November - A record 15-Tests for Women will be contested in November. Matches will be hosted by the USA (Black Ferns on November 3 in Chicago), England, Spain, Italy, Wales, Scotland, France, and Ireland. Importantly, the next venue for the Women's 2021 World Cup will be announced on November 14. Ireland hosted the 2017 RWC.
Welcome the New England FreeJacks RFC - The newest entry into Major League Rugby will be the New England Free Jacks based in Boston, and representing the six New England states. The coach will be Alex Magelby, former Eagles 7s and 15s player, USA 7s and Dartmouth College coach, who led the Big Green to two College Rugby Championships. The start date is 2020. This weekend, October 20, the FreeJacks journey to Canada to meet another MLR expansion side, the Ontario Arrows. The game starts at 2 p.m and will be played at Wanderers Grounds. The team's logo depicts an 18th Century, Revolutionary War figure who closely resembles Paul Revere. Good luck to both new clubs.