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International Matches in Japan - Today, October 26, Japan take on a World XV side. Tomorrow, October 27, New Zealand and Australia meet in Yokohama for the third match of the 2018 Bledisole Cup, which the Kiwis have already won.

Since the first Test match in 1903, New Zealand are 187-49 (72%) against the Wallabies

Candidates for Breakthrough Player of the Year - World Rugby announced the three players nominated for 2018 Breakthrough Player Award. They are: Aphiwe Dvanty, South Africa, Jordan Larmour, Ireland, and Karl Tu'inukuafe, New Zealand. Past winners were:

2017 - Rieko Ioane, New Zealand

2016 - Maru Itoje, England

2015 - Nehe Milner-Skudder, New Zealand

Women in Rugby Conference - This important gathering of USA Women in rugby is scheduled for December 7,8,9 at Queens University, Charlotte, NC. To access info go to [email protected]. A discount is in effect until October 31. The lineup of speakers follows:

            Developing a Deep Bench of Women Leaders - A conversation with Katie Sadleir, Kathy Henderson, Jennifer GrayPhaidra Knight, and Emilie Bydwell.

            Keynote: Building a Future That Inspires Women's Leadership, with Nicole LaVoi, Co- Director of the The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport

            The Female BRAIN Project: Female Concussions and Sideline Protocol, with Donna Duffy and Will Adams

            Turning 'We Got Game' into 'We Got Value' - Welcome to the unapologetic era of marketing, purchase power and value creation in Women's Sports, with Pam Kosanke

Women's Premier League Championship - This weekend, the WPL semi finals will see four teams vie for the 2018 title in Marietta, Georgia. The games will pit the Glendale Merlina vs. the Twin City Amazons, and the New York RFC vs. the San Diego Surfers. Matches streamed live on FloRugby.