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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Canalina » Sat, 05 Sep 2020, 09:39

Interesting news...

Samoa v Tonga could be played later this year in New Zealand
And New Zealand is also a possible host for the repechage tournament

https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pac ... yoff-in-nz

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Canalina » Sat, 05 Sep 2020, 17:46

Qualifying roadmap

Oct 24 Spain v Russia
Oct 31 Spain v Netherlands
Nov/Dec (?) Samoa v Tonga
Dec 5, 12, 19 European qualifiers with Italy, Ireland, Scotland and the the Euro Champion
First quarter of 2021 Kenya v Colombia
First quarter of 2021 Asian Championship with Japan, Hong Kong and Kazakhstan
Second quarter of 2021 Repechage tournament (in New Zealand?)

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Canalina » Thu, 10 Sep 2020, 11:49

The dates of the last two matches of the RE Championship appeared on Rugby Europe website. As already known, it will be Spain Russia on October 24 and Spain v Netherlands seven days later. The first match will be in the Hortaleza field, an artificial turf in Madrid (it's not the usual spanish national teams field, if I'm not wrong); the second match will be hosted by Elche

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

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Canalina » Mon, 14 Sep 2020, 13:09

Oceania Rugby revealed that the Oceania XV women championship, supposed to be played in Auckland in november, is called off.
Samoa v Tonga, which was intended to be part of the championship and at the same time a RWC qualifying match, will be played anyway, in the same Auckland in november

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby johnbirch » Mon, 14 Sep 2020, 20:25

Canalina wrote:Oceania Rugby revealed that the Oceania XV women championship, supposed to be played in Auckland in november, is called off.
Samoa v Tonga, which was intended to be part of the championship and at the same time a RWC qualifying match, will be played anyway, in the same Auckland in november

Cancelled after "consultation with ... public health authorities". New Zealand government and public health authorities clearly not willing to support hosting multi-team international sports tournaments at the moment. Even from countries with relatively low COVID numbers.

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby TheStroBro » Wed, 16 Sep 2020, 17:04

Exeter have signed Eagles: Gabby Cantorna, Jennine Duncan, and Kate Zachary.

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Thomas » Thu, 17 Sep 2020, 09:44

The question that should be asked, will NZ host the World Cup or go to a third country?

Bearing in mind their reluctance to host anything in the country and no vaccine available until next summer at the earliest.

Japan organizers have stated they are going to host the Olympics come what may, possibly without spectators and bio bubbles including once the sport has finished all athletes have competed they must leave cannot stay for the closing or visit the country but this is not official.

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby victorsra » Thu, 17 Sep 2020, 17:29

well, very good question... it might be postponed to like November, maybe (my opinion, not a fact).

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Canalina » Thu, 17 Sep 2020, 17:38

Yourscrumhalfconnection just published this link

https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/54112667

Teams qualified for the women's 2021 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand may have to isolate before the tournament.
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the build-up is "nerve-wracking with so much uncertainty"

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Canalina » Sat, 19 Sep 2020, 04:46

An interview in italian language with Di Giandomenico, Italy's head coach. He is in charge on this role since 11 years, a record for an italian rugby nt coach both in men's and women's ambit. "World qualifiers will be our priority, the October 6N games are an important step to prepare the December matches"

https://www.onrugby.it/2020/09/18/itali ... -mondiali/

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Canalina » Mon, 21 Sep 2020, 04:05

Rugby will resume in Hong Kong in november.
The asian WC qualifying (and the Hong Kong 7s) are a bit less far

http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/art ... ams-resume

And the Japan 7s national team is periodically gathering
https://www.rugby-japan.jp/news/2020/09/21/50549

Yesterday I've read an article of a rugby website asking for RWC 2021 postponement, because of too much uncertainties about the qualifying schedule. I don't share that pessimism; I think the most problematic events will be Kenya v Colombia and the repechage tournament (this last anyway could be hosted in NZ, doubling also as a test for the WC organizers), but it doesn't seem so unlikely that they will be able to complete the qualifying schedule

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Canalina » Mon, 21 Sep 2020, 09:03

Ramsey Tomokino, Samoa coach, confirmed november as probable time for the duel between Samoa and Tonga.
It will be played in New Zealand. There's still not a fixed date, however
https://www.facebook.com/11159144362670 ... 3747897271

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Canalina » Mon, 21 Sep 2020, 15:22

Italy v England (Sunday 1 November) and Italy v Scotland (Sunday 6 December) will be hosted by the Zebre stadium, in Parma.
Those games are both part of the Six Nations but the second one is also part of the WCQ. And this creates a doubt: will not the european qualifiers be played in one only nation (as I thought)? If not, which nations will have two games at home? Maybe Italy and Ireland, better placed in the ranking?

https://www.federugby.it/index.php?opti ... 24&lang=it

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Armchair Fan » Mon, 21 Sep 2020, 20:03

Italy and Spain apparently because they will take rankings as before W6N and REWC since they couldn't be completed in time.

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Canalina » Thu, 24 Sep 2020, 11:51

I don't know if it may have some meaning but Spa-Ned (Oct 31) was inserted in the World Rugby website fixtures, while Spa-Rus (one week earlier) still not

https://www.world.rugby/tournaments/fixtures

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Armchair Fan » Thu, 24 Sep 2020, 12:22

Who knows. As of today movement between Schengen and Russia is still limited. I know it's a sport context, but we are talking about a mostly amateur level so I'm not sure how easy it will be to arrange.

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby armchair_expert » Thu, 24 Sep 2020, 12:59

at the time of last update it was not yet decided whether ESP-RUS will be on 24th or 25th

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Canalina » Thu, 01 Oct 2020, 14:16

They've now inserted Spain v Russia (day 24, kick off 16.00) in the fixtures. As well as the two men's games Uruguay v Spain
https://www.world.rugby/tournaments/fixtures

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Canalina » Fri, 02 Oct 2020, 07:19

On the day November 7 there are two league test matches: New Zealand v Samoa, Tonga v Niue
https://nzrl.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2 ... oa-WEB.jpg

Samoa and Tonga have to play their union RWC qualifying game in the same november and this makes me wondering if these two nations are able to have two totally distinct groups of players for union and league or if those groups are somehow mixed. Little search... result: there are at least four samoan players that in 2019 attended both to a league test match (Samoa v NZ) and to the union RWC qualifying tournament (against Fiji and others): Billy-Jean Ale, Luisa Gago, Sieni Mose, Masuisuimatamaalii Tauasa Pauaraisa.
I haven't made the same search for the tongan team (also because they have not played in 2019 due to measles) but I suspect that they offer even more cases of crossing-codes players, having a smaller base.
All this is to say that very probably the union game between Samoa and Tonga, about which we still don't know the date, will be not played in that same November 7 but in one of the subsequent November weekends.
In the past days the Samoan federation was still recruiting players: "are you interested in playing internationally? Come to our national team training next thursday..."

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Canalina » Fri, 02 Oct 2020, 18:43

In that same first weekend of november the Samoa Rugby Union will host a women rugby festival (or something like that), probably working also as trial for the RWC qualifiers
75 players have been selected and they are just from the Upolu island, the one with the capitol city Apia; the players from Savai'i, the other big island, will be selected in the next days. It's certainly awesome that a nation with less than 200,000 inhabitants counts 75 women players + (maybe) other 75 players + a league national team.
To note that one of the players from Upolu is named Susana A1, confirming the passion of the samoans for the "strange" names

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Canalina » Sun, 04 Oct 2020, 13:23

According to the Spanish Federation calendar, highlighted by Scrumqueens
- Spain could have a test match between the end of the Euro Championship and the beginning of the RWC qualifiers
- in the RWC qualifiers Spain would meet, in this order, Ireland, Italy and Scotland
- the intercontinental repechage should be between April 18 and April 25

https://twitter.com/ScrumQueens/status/ ... 8657067008

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Canalina » Wed, 07 Oct 2020, 15:13

Three french referees for Spain v Russia
Joy Neville (Ire) + two portoguese assistants for Spain v Netherlands
https://www.rugbyeurope.eu/2019-20-re-w ... -vs-russia
https://www.rugbyeurope.eu/2019-20-re-w ... etherlands

I hoped in some italian referees but no luck

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Canalina » Thu, 08 Oct 2020, 10:45

Samoa v Tonga will be probably on November 14, in Auckland. Both teams will be forced to use just NZ based players: no homeland players and no players from Australia, due to the locked borders

https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pac ... -the-field

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Canalina » Wed, 14 Oct 2020, 05:33

Russia national team is in the middle of a two weeks camp in Sochi to prepare the game vs Spain. We all give Spain as semi-certain European champion and qualified to the next step of the WCQ but I'm not sure that the game versus Russia will be so easy, also considering that Russia restarted to play way before the western nations

From October 5 to 22, the Russian women's rugby team will hold a training camp in Sochi at the Yug-Sport base in preparation for the 2021 World Cup qualifying match in the European Championship against the Spanish national team. The meeting will take place on October 24 in Elche.
The coaching staff of our team (head coach Valery Bagdasarov, assistants Maxim Amonov, Oleg Kobzev and Semyon Lavrentyev) called 32 players to the training camp.

The composition of the Russian national team for the training camp in Sochi

Alina Arterchuk (Enisey-STM)
Bayzat Khamidova (Yenisei-STM)
Snezhanna Kulkova (Enisey-STM)
Diana Loginova (Enisey-STM)
Maria Molokoedova (Enisey-STM)
Maria Perestyak (Enisey-STM)
Ksenia Pozdeeva (Enisey-STM)
Evgeniya Steblinskaya (Enisey-STM)
Alexandra Kazantseva (Enisey-STM)
Alena Dammer (VVA-Moscow region)
Maria Eroshkina (VVA-Moscow region)
Diana Kudzieva (VVA-Moscow region)
Marina Kukina (VVA-Moscow region)
Ekaterina Mikhaleva (VVA-Moscow region)
Olga Pestova (VVA-Moscow region)
Ekaterina Skoromko (VVA-Moscow region)
Anna Baranchuk (CSKA Moscow)
Polina Gerasimova (CSKA Moscow)
Natalia Kostina (CSKA Moscow)
Nadezhda Medvedeva (CSKA)
Christina Seredina (CSKA)
Victoria Em (CSKA)
Elena Vladykina (Krasny Yar)
Kristina Gavrilova (Krasny Yar)
Polina Teslenko (Krasny Yar)
Natalia Shchukina (Krasny Yar)
Daria Lushina (Kuban)
Anastasia Stepchenkova (Kuban)
Navrat Khamidova (Kuban)
Tamara Akhmedova (Dagestan national team)
Valeria Gromova (Metallurg)
Anastasia Kopteva (Neva)

Recall that in the opening game of the tournament in March, the Russian national team beat the Netherlands team 27:21. The meeting between Spain and the Netherlands will take place on October 31st.

The winner of the European Rugby Championship will receive a ticket to the final qualifying tournament, in which the teams of Ireland, Italy and Scotland have already booked themselves. Qualifying matches will be held on December 5, 12 and 19, 2020. The winner of this tournament will receive a direct ticket to the 2021 World Cup, and the runner-up will travel to Repeshazh, which will take place from September 18 to October 16, 2021.

Press Service of the Russian Rugby Federation

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Armchair Fan » Wed, 14 Oct 2020, 12:59

Canalina wrote:We all give Spain as semi-certain European champion and qualified to the next step of the WCQ but I'm not sure that the game versus Russia will be so easy, also considering that Russia restarted to play way before the western nations

And the little detail of having all our squad quarantined for two weeks... I'm really scared and have no real hopes of reaching RWC in these conditions.

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