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Womens XVs Rugby - Global news & Developments

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Re: Womens XVs Rugby - Global news & Developments

Postby victorsra » Tue, 28 Jul 2020, 20:15

This would be great news: https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/53567909 Welsh and Scottish elite teams in the English league.
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Re: Womens XVs Rugby - Global news & Developments

Postby Armchair Fan » Wed, 29 Jul 2020, 11:48

FER has released very interesting stats about the state of women's rugby in the country. They are from 2018-19 season:
- 4,224 total female players
- 2,912 senior female players
- 155 teams and 980 games played at senior level
- Provinces with more female players: Barcelona (794), Madrid (770), Valladolid (218), Valencia (180), Asturias (174)
- Provinces with more senior female players: Madrid (592), Barcelona (490), Valladolid (142), Valencia (142), Asturias (136)
- Provinces with more senior female players per capita: Valladolid, Palencia, León, Gipuzkoa, Asturias, Burgos, Barcelona

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Postby Armchair Fan » Fri, 31 Jul 2020, 20:52

England 100% professional project set to be victim of post-COVID cuts...
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/ ... are_btn_tw

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Re: Womens XVs Rugby - Global news & Developments

Postby Canalina » Wed, 05 Aug 2020, 15:39

Six Nations 2020 last fixtures. The november hiatus is because that month will be dedicated to RWC qualifiers? World Rugby didn't specify it, at the moment

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Postby Armchair Fan » Wed, 05 Aug 2020, 15:55

RWC qualifiers ahead of Italy and Scotland, two teams that would be involved in it? To me there are two possibilities: that Italy v Scotland could be part of RWC qualifiers, that would be held in December, or qualifiers have directly been pushed to 2021.

As long as there are no flights between Russia and EU, we are trapped.

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Postby Canalina » Wed, 05 Aug 2020, 16:04

RWC Euro qualifiers in 2021 would be quite risky, because if 6N is in february/march, the RWC qualifiers should be in april or may and then the second classified of that tournament would have to play also the repechage in june/july and eventually the World Cup in september/october. All this still not knowing if the pandemic will be still full dangerous or not.
I think that the hypothesis of Italy v Scotland as both part of 6N and RWC qualifiers could be right; Italy is the best ranked between the four involved teams and Scotland is the worst ranked (giving Spain as probable winner of the Euro Championship), so that match would be a fitting semifinal

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Postby johnbirch » Wed, 05 Aug 2020, 21:25

The European Qualifier games betwee 6 Nations teams can double up as Six Nations games - so the two legs of Scotland's semi against Italy could be played in December and next Frbruary/March.

But we still have to get through four games involving Spain - the two Euro Championship games v Netherlands and Russia, and then their two semi-finals against Ireland. The Dutch games could be played this autumn, but the are practical problems with the crucial Russian game, which has to be played before the Ireland fixtures as a theoretical a Russian win would give them the championship. If that game cannot be played this autumn then we do have a potential fixture pile-up next spring.

And that is if all things go well. But the RFU is still only at stage B of its return to rugby programme that has to reach stage F before we have contact rugby and they are already saying that community rugby (which women's rugby is effectively part of) will not start in September. Apart from France all of the other nations involved are in a similar position. Getting from individual training to ready to play international rugby in 10 weeks or less will be challenging.

Professional players could go into isolation - as they have in other sports - but most women's players are not professionals. It does not seem to be viable to pull out of their jobs or studies for two months or more this autumn.

I feel that we will be very lucky if these games go ahead as announced.

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Re: Womens XVs Rugby - Global news & Developments

Postby Armchair Fan » Wed, 05 Aug 2020, 22:00

At this stage I wouldn't even discard an invitational RWC.

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Re: Womens XVs Rugby - Global news & Developments

Postby victorsra » Wed, 05 Aug 2020, 22:43

https://www.sixnationsrugby.com/2020/08 ... announced/

Weekend of 24th Oct: Round 4

Scotland v France
Ireland v Italy

Weekend of 31st Oct: Round 5

Wales v Scotland
Italy v England
France v Ireland

Weekend of 5th Dec: Round 3

Italy v Scotland


Well, there is time for a European Repechage by November. But I guess WR will need to change (or cancel) the gobal Repechage.
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Re: Womens XVs Rugby - Global news & Developments

Postby johnbirch » Thu, 06 Aug 2020, 11:19

Armchair Fan wrote:At this stage I wouldn't even discard an invitational RWC.

I think we need to watch the women's cricket world cup in New Zealand with interest. Are the New Zealand government really going to let in a dozen teams, officials and supporters from all over the world to their nominally COVID-free island? Its six months away yet, but given that any vaccine is a year away its hard to see what will change.

Point being that obviously if the cricket were cancelled the rugby would be in trouble.

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Re: Womens XVs Rugby - Global news & Developments

Postby Canalina » Thu, 06 Aug 2020, 14:25

The third and final scheduled fixture will see the Scots travel to Italy to conclude their campaign in a match which was cancelled with the team in Italy as the Covid-19 situation in the host country worsened. This fixture is also expected to double up as a repechage tie as part of the qualification process for next year’s Rugby World Cup.

https://www.scottishrugby.org/news/scot ... ix-nations

Good news, I'd say. It's comfortable to have some (tentatively) still point about the RWC qualifying

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Re: Womens XVs Rugby - Global news & Developments

Postby Armchair Fan » Thu, 06 Aug 2020, 14:33

I should open a fortune-telling shop.

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Re: Womens XVs Rugby - Global news & Developments

Postby Canalina » Thu, 06 Aug 2020, 17:22

Attempt of collecting the end of the year fixtures (men+women). In black the confirmed ones, in light the rumored ones

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... edit#gid=0

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Re: Womens XVs Rugby - Global news & Developments

Postby Thomas » Sat, 08 Aug 2020, 11:53

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