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Re: Small News

Postby Canalina » Tue, 03 Sep 2019, 17:35

We know, we learnt it in the comics. In all the US and UK comics or gangster stories the villains never kill the hero: they tie him to a rock near the sea, waiting the tide (sometime they tie him to a mechanism directed toward a rotating saw, but usually they prefer rock and tide); then they go away to celebrate, of course without waiting the tide, but the hero manages to rip the rope (when the sea is at his chin) and he arrest the villains. :)

In Italy we have not great tides, just half meter as far as I know. Some problems just in Venice I think

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Re: Small News

Postby Canalina » Wed, 04 Sep 2019, 12:54

Blanca Fernandez Ochoa, one of the best alpine ski World Cup athletes in the 90s and mother of Spain's national rugby team flanker Olivia, disappeared into thin air twelve days ago. Rumors say she has a frequent recurrence of mental depression. Police and volunteers are searching her with a giant operation, but as far as now with no results

In this image Blanca is on the shoulders of her daughter Olivia, in a photo from few months ago. Olivia scored a try during the final of the European Championship won in Madrid by Spain versus the Netherlands
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Worst end for the search of Blanca Fernandez Ochoa

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Re: Small News

Postby victorsra » Wed, 04 Sep 2019, 14:55

There's a Brazilian playing for Counties Manukau in the Farah Palmer Cup. Larissa Lima:

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Re: Small News

Postby Armchair Fan » Wed, 04 Sep 2019, 15:16

Canalina wrote:Worst end for the search of Blanca Fernandez Ochoa

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Just to give an idea of the impact or the news beyond the rugby link, she was the first Spanish woman to ever clinch an Olympic medal. Yes, it took until 1992 for that to happen. And until 2018 only Fernandez Ochoa family members had clinched Winter Olympic medals for Spain. Unfortunately both Francisco and Blanca are no longer with us.

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Re: Small News

Postby Canalina » Wed, 04 Sep 2019, 19:24

Let's hope it was a mountain accident and not a voluntary act

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Re: Small News

Postby carbonero » Thu, 05 Sep 2019, 06:51

1. Argentina is looking for a new 7s coach > http://uar.com.ar/2019/08/30/concurso-p ... -femenino/

2. The UAR carried out last weekend in Córdoba the first of six training camps to recruit new players. They will scout around 200 girls until the end of the year. The event included ten-a-side contests, the first formal step towards their own XVs program.

3. The provincial tournament is scheduled for November with some nice developments: separated date from the men, the inclusion of an U18 competition and the participation of Chile. In previous editions, qualification was decided taking into account the playing numbers of each union. Now the UAR created seven different regional qualifiers, which means that modest unions like Jujuy, Tierra del Fuego or San Luis will suit up for the first time ever, while bigger fish like URBA, Cuyo or Rosario make their official debuts in U18s.

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Re: Small News

Postby Raven » Thu, 05 Sep 2019, 09:47

carbonero wrote:1. Argentina is looking for a new 7s coach > http://uar.com.ar/2019/08/30/concurso-p ... -femenino/

2. The UAR carried out last weekend in Córdoba the first of six training camps to recruit new players. They will scout around 200 girls until the end of the year. The event included ten-a-side contests, the first formal step towards their own XVs program.

3. The provincial tournament is scheduled for November with some nice developments: separated date from the men, the inclusion of an U18 competition and the participation of Chile. In previous editions, qualification was decided taking into account the playing numbers of each union. Now the UAR created seven different regional qualifiers, which means that modest unions like Jujuy, Tierra del Fuego or San Luis will suit up for the first time ever, while bigger fish like URBA, Cuyo or Rosario make their official debuts in U18s.


I saw URBA has switched from the 10s format to 12-a-side for the second round (at least on the Top4 teams playing for the title) with the intention of making it compulsory for at least the the Top 8 (first division) to field 13-a-side teams throughout the whole tournament next season.

Also, some more "established" rugby sides are begining to embrace womens teams, like Pueyrredón and Tigre Rugby Club. VILO who used to have a women´s side in the begining of the 2000s has now commenced again. There´s also some emerging development sides who are trying to find ways to enter the competition...

All good news as they seem to want to do something about XVs and not focus only in 7s. Still a lot to do (there´s a HUGE difference between the Top 4 and ALL the rest), but baby steps....

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Re: Small News

Postby Armchair Fan » Sat, 07 Sep 2019, 13:18

Spain training with the Spanish Army before heading to South Africa...
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Re: Small News

Postby victorsra » Thu, 12 Sep 2019, 20:17

First inter-state club rugby match in Brazil for Women's 15s:

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It is the powerhouse Jacareí (finaly growing its women's team, as they were until now completely focusing on women's junior rugby) against a small Rio club called Grêmio Náutico Maricá.
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Re: Small News

Postby carbonero » Mon, 23 Sep 2019, 21:12

La Plata RC will face Centro Naval in the URBA final on October 6. As Raven said before, the format changed to 12-a-side for the later rounds. It would be nice if Pichot’s sister convinced ESPN to stream the match.

Both finalists qualified for the national club 7s competition to be played on October 12-13 in the city of Junin (250 km west of Buenos Aires). For the first time, there will be also an U18 tournament. Here are the qualified clubs > https://urr.org.ar/camino-a-junin/

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Re: Small News

Postby victorsra » Wed, 09 Oct 2019, 23:01

After a huge delay, 2019 Super Sevens (Brazilian Women's 7s Championship) will kickoff this weekend. The series will have only 4 tournaments with 8 clubs fighting for the national trophy. The news is the creation of a 2nd division series, with 6 clubs and 3 tournaments.

1st division:
- Niterói (Niterói, RJ)
- Band Saracens (São Paulo, SP)
- São José (São José dos Campos, SP)
- Curitiba (Curitiba, PR)
- Desterro (Florianópolis, SC)
- Charrua (Porto Alegre, RS)
- Melina (Cuiabá, MT)
- Delta (Teresina, PI).


2nd division:
- SPAC (São Paulo, SP) - first time ever out of the top flight
- Leoas de Paraisópolis (São Paulo, SP)
- USP (São Paulo, SP)
- União Rugby Alphaville (Barueri, SP)
- Rio RFC (Rio de Janeiro, RJ)
- Goianos (Goiânia, GO)


States represented:
- SP (São Paulo)
- RJ (Rio de Janeiro)
- PR (Paraná)
- SC (Santa Catarina)
- RS (Rio Grande do Sul)
- PI (Piauí) - not a member of CBRu
- MT (Mato Grosso) - not a member of CBRu
- GO (Goiás) - not a member of CBRu

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Re: Small News

Postby McLynx » Thu, 10 Oct 2019, 10:32

In Poland - the national Women 7's team is looking for Polish Exiles eligible to play for Poland.
The national team has ended 4th in this year's edition of Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series Rugby 7 and is really focused on improving this position next year + get into World Series.

The coach, Janusz Urbanowicz is keen on testing any player who is presenting decent level of rugby skills and can provide adequate documents about player's eligiblity.
more details on twitter.com/rugbypoland or mail contact@rugbypoland.pl

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Re: Small News

Postby victorsra » Tue, 03 Dec 2019, 22:43

http://www.portaldorugby.com.br/tabelas ... rasileiros

Band Saracens (Bandeirantes Rugby Club from São Paulo, that partners the Saracens) is the new Brazilian champions. They beat Melina (the growing club from Cuiabá, Mato Grosso state capital, backed by a French agrobusiness guy that simply puts there money for his love of rugby) in the big final. But watch out Melina's improvements. They have probably now the best rugby structure in all Brazil....
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Re: Small News

Postby Canalina » Sun, 22 Dec 2019, 15:52

So now Russia is European Champion in sevens, in beach rugby and in snow rugby

http://www.rugbyeurope.eu/competitions/ ... ampionship

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Re: Small News

Postby Canalina » Fri, 17 Jan 2020, 21:48

Papua New Guinea - The PNG women's XV national team is now officially known as "The cassowaries".
The cassowaries, I learned few months ago, are the most dangerous bird in the world. They seem more or less ostriches and their nailed feet have the strength of an harpoon

Italy - Maria Giovanna Pacifico, one of the three italian referees selected for the Women 6 Nations (together with Clara Munarini and Beatrice Benvenuti) risk to have to withdraw from the panel of the tournament. Yesterday, during a men's 7s tournament in Naples, she was accidentally hit by a german player who was running through the posts. Maybe she was in a wrong position, I don't know. After a medical consult she restarted the game but during the second half of the same match she suddenly went again down to the ground, holding the knee with the hands, whistling a stop in the game and asking for medical help. They accompanied her out of the field holding her on their arms, I don't know which is the diagnosis
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Re: Small News

Postby victorsra » Mon, 20 Jan 2020, 20:02

São Paulo Rugby Union (FPR) launched the first junior women's XV competition in Brazil. It will be a 2 rounds series of reduced time 15-a-side involving local clubs. U19s and U16s. http://www.portaldorugby.com.br/noticia ... -a-karinao
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