Leidy Soto - Colombia
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‘Unstoppable’ Soto ready for next challenge
As Colombia prepares to tackle Brazil in an historic test match in Medellín on Sunday, Leidy Soto – one of the Unstoppables in World Rugby's #TryAndStopUs campaign – is in the thick of things.
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World Rugby announces gender neutral naming for Rugby World Cup tournaments
World Rugby has announced that its flagship 15s and sevens Rugby World Cup properties will no longer include gender in their titles.
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Oceania holds inaugural Women's Leadership Workshop
The inaugural Oceania Women's Rugby Leadership Workshop took place in Fiji last week, attended by coaches, medical officials, development manager and women in leadership roles.
Annelies Acda - Women's Executive Leadership Scholarship recipient
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Annelies Acda: “I’m using this opportunity as a learning curve”
One of the World Rugby Women's Executive Leadership Scholarship recipients in 2019, Annelies Acda is determined to seize this opportunity to help improve her leadership skills in order to promote rugby, its core values and its ability to tackle a range of social issues in the Netherlands.
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Kenya reach historic high in rankings
Despite missing out on automatic qualification for Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021, Kenya can console themselves with a new all-time high position in the World Rugby Women’s Rankings.
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South Africa qualify for Women's Rugby World Cup 2021
South Africa are the first regional qualifiers for Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 after beating Kenya to win the Rugby Africa Women's Cup which doubled as the qualification pathway.
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Black Ferns go for Moore of the same
New Zealand coach Glenn Moore sticks with a winning formula as his side look to wrap up a 2-0 series win over Australia and cement their place at the top of the World Rugby Women's Rankings.
Stacey Waaka - New Zealand
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Stacey Waaka: “I believe everything happens for a reason”
One of the ‘Unstoppables’ in World Rugby’s new campaign to promote women in rugby, Black Ferns star Stacey Waaka is one of a select few to have won Rugby World Cups in sevens and 15s but she may never have had the opportunity to write her name into the history books after being involved in a serious bus crash aged 15.
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Danielle Waterman: "Take any opportunity with both hands"
An unexpected opportunity to coach the Italy men's open sevens side at the World Police and Fire Games in China this week has only reaffirmed Women's Rugby World Cup winner Danielle Waterman's belief that gender isn't what matters in a coach, it's being confident and working hard that earns a team's respect.
Rugby Africa Women's Cup 2019: South Africa v Madagascar
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South Africa and Kenya set up title decider
South Africa and Kenya will meet in a winner-takes-all title decider in the Rugby Africa Women's Cup 2019 on Saturday with the victors qualifying for Women's Rugby World Cup 2021.
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Roots Rugby laying foundation for indigenous youths in Canada
Mother and daughter team Melanie Squire and Meagan Wilson are using rugby to provide indigenous youth in Canada with a positive outlet and help to build a sense of community and recently took a girls' U18 team to play in a provincial tournament in Ontario.
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South Africa and Kenya off to winning starts in WRWC 2021 qualifier
South Africa showed why they are favourites to claim Africa's spot at Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 with an emphatic defeat of Uganda, while Kenya overcame test debutants Madagascar in the other Rugby Africa Women's Cup match.
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New Zealand ready for Wallaroos test in Perth
New Zealand may have won all 17 previous meetings with Australia, but experienced Black Ferns Renee Wickliffe and Kendra Cocksedge know they will have to be at their best to maintain that record against a Wallaroos' side growing in confidence after their first ever test victories on home soil against Japan last month.
Black Ferns v Wallaroos
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Black Ferns out to protect number one status in Perth
We breakdown the team news, key stats and how the World Rugby Women's Rankings might be affected by this weekend's action in Australia and South Africa.
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Springbok Women target place at WRWC 2021
South Africa begin their bid to qualify for Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 on Friday, facing Uganda, Madagascar and Kenya on home soil in the Rugby Africa Women's Cup and coach Stanley Raubenheimer believes they are ready to rise to the challenge.
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Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 qualification continues with Rugby Africa Women’s Cup
The first opportunity for a team to qualify for Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 through the regional qualification route will take place at the Rugby Africa Women’s Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 9-17 August.
Australia v Japan
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Amazing Grace leads Wallaroos into new era
Australia captain Grace Hamilton hopes the upcoming home-and-away series will see the Wallaroos close the gap on rivals New Zealand.
Litia Naiqato - Fiji
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Litia Naiqato: “My passion and love of rugby makes me walk that extra mile”
One of the ‘Unstoppables’ in World Rugby’s campaign to promote women in rugby, Litia Naiqato was only 10 when Fiji’s success in RWC Sevens 1997 captured her imagination. Two decades on and having played for Fiji herself, that love of the game still burns as bright.
Sweta Shahi - India's first test celebrations
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“We’ve not even scratched the surface and it’s pretty significant already”
The reaction to India women's first ever test victory has been celebrated across the vast country, creating the exposure the game needs to realise its potential in a cricket-mad country. We caught up with captain Vahbiz Bharucha and Rugby India General Manager Nasser Hussain to discover the impact of last month's win over Singapore.
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Wallaroos clean sweep Japan
Australia claim an inaugural series win on home soil after a second consecutive win over Japan.
Nassu Fofanah - Sierra Leone Rugby Union Chairperson
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Rugby can help Sierra Leone become “a beacon of promoting gender equality”
Sierra Leone Rugby Union chairperson Naasu Fofanah believes that rugby can be a vehicle for change in the African country, helping to promote gender equality and encourage more women and girls to stay in education.
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New Zealand win Super Series to stay on top of the world
Renee Wickliffe's hat-trick inspired the Black Ferns to victory over England that secured not only the Women's Rugby Super Series 2019 title but also kept them top of the World Rugby Women's Rankings.
Emily Chancellor in Laos with ChildFund Pass It Back programme
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Chancellor targets Wallaroos history against Japan
Australia international Emily Chancellor was inspired by a trip to Laos as an ambassador for the ChildFund Pass It Back programme earlier this year, but now has her sights set firmly on creating history with the Wallaroos in their series with Japan.
Women's Rugby Super Series 2019: Canada v USA
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England and USA snatch narrow wins in Super Series
A day of twists and turns saw England and USA both come from behind to beat France and Canada respectively by a combined four points on day four of the Women's Rugby Super Series 2019 in San Diego.
Rebecca Clough - Australia
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Rebecca Clough: “Rugby kept me out of some dark places”
One of the ‘Unstoppables’ in World Rugby’s new campaign to promote women in rugby, Australia's Rebecca Clough has had to overcome many injuries and the mental challenges that go with it but is now stronger for her experiences and uses them in her day job as a Youth Custodial Officer.
Women's Rugby Super Series 2019: France v New Zealand
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France stun world champions New Zealand in Super Series
An inspired performance by France saw them beat world champions New Zealand, leaving England as the only unbeaten team in the Women's Rugby Super Series 2019 after they edged a titanic battle with Canada on day three.
Lauren Rothwell of Bermuda
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Lauren Rothwell: "We want to play a game we're proud of to continue growing"
One of World Rugby's Women's Executive Leadership Scholarship recipients in 2019, Lauren Rothwell this weekend will be part of the Bermuda team taking part in the Rugby Americas North Sevens, the regional qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Kiki Morgan - USA
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Kiki Morgan: “Rugby gave me back everything I thought I’d lost”
One of the ‘Unstoppables’ in World Rugby’s new campaign to promote women in rugby, Kiki Morgan closed herself off to the world after losing her mother to cancer at the age of 10 but finding rugby helped her rediscover that feeling of a family again.
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World Rugby hosts Women's High Performance Academy in San Diego
The Academy will bring together 18 delegates from 16 unions for a three-day workshop taking place alongside the 2019 Women’s Rugby Super Series in Southern California.
Lucky Nirere - Uganda
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Lucky Nirere: “We are building up a game in Uganda”
One of the ‘Unstoppables’ in World Rugby’s new campaign to promote women in rugby, Lucky Nirere is only 12 years old but her determination to pass on her passion for rugby has seen her educate many new coaches in Uganda.
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China crowned champions as India claim historic win
China celebrate their return to international 15s rugby by winning the Asia Rugby Women's Championship Division I title on a day when India won their first ever test match.
Ana Aziz - Malaysia
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Norfarahana Aziz: “I feel very proud to have inspired other Malaysian women to play rugby”
One of the ‘Unstoppables’ in World Rugby’s new campaign to promote women in rugby, Norfarahana Aziz was the first to play rugby for Malaysia while wearing a hijab and has inspired other Muslim women to play the game she loves and has given her new opportunities in life.
Phoenix Xu - China
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Phoenix Xu: “If you start to play rugby, you cannot stop”
One of the ‘Unstoppables’ in World Rugby’s new campaign to promote women in rugby, China’s first female referee Phoenix Xu has lofty ambitions for herself and is eager to see more women take up refereeing in the Asian country.
Asia Rugby Women's Championship Division 1: Singapore v India
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India targeting first test win in the Philippines
India are one of four teams contesting the Asia Rugby Women’s Championship Division I titles in the Philippines this weekend and vice-captain Neha Pardeshi has high hopes for their campaign as they target a first test victory.
Maelle Filopon - France
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Maëlle Filopon: "I understand movement better and now it’s much easier"
One of the ‘Unstoppables’ in World Rugby’s new campaign to promote women in rugby, Maëlle Filopon was attracted to the sport by its values and has not let an hereditary condition that has resulted in reduced hearing prevent her from playing international rugby for France.
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Anna Richards: “I don’t want to put a limit, you’ve got to dream”
New Zealand's four-time Women's Rugby World Cup winner and World Rugby Hall of Fame inductee Anna Richards believes you are never to young to stop learning and evolving and that there is no ceiling to the potential of women in rugby.
Leidy Soto - Colombia
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Leidy Soto: “Rugby has given us the prerogative to stand up for ourselves”
One of the ‘Unstoppables’ in World Rugby’s new campaign to promote women in rugby, Youth Olympic Games 2018 participant Leidy Soto credits rugby with giving her the means to escape not only the violence of her Castilla neighbourhood, but also the perceptions of women that pervaded both Colombia and her family.
Laurian Johannes - new South Africa Women's U20 head coach
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Laurian Johannes: "I always wanted to give back to the game I love so passionately"
Laurian Johannes may have had to 'trick' her father into buying her first pair of boots, but her passion and drive has seen her go on to play for South Africa and now become the country's first female head coach of a national team. She's not quite finished yet, though, with one big dream still to accomplish.
Bianca Silva - Brazil
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Bianca Silva: “I don’t care what the difficulties are, I’m going to do it”
One of the ‘Unstoppables’ in World Rugby’s new campaign to promote women in rugby, Brazil sevens star Bianca Silva has come a long way since being introduced to the game via the Rugby Para Todos social project but she’s not finished yet and is determined not to let anything to stand in her way.
Sweta Shahi - India
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Sweta Shahi: “I want to break down barriers and change the mindset”
One of the ‘Unstoppables’ in World Rugby’s new campaign to promote women in rugby, Sweta Shahi found rugby by chance but is now an India sevens international and determined to change the perceptions of many in her country that women shouldn’t play the sport.
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World Rugby launches global campaign to revolutionise women’s rugby
World Rugby launches a new ‘Women in Rugby’ brand identity and landmark global campaign ‘Try and Stop Us’ aimed at driving increased participation and engagement among fans, audiences, players and investors in the women’s game.
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Katie Sadleir: “I think the biggest achievement has been how the world has embraced us”
World Rugby's General Manager for Women's Rugby Katie Sadleir discusses her time in the role, the success stories to date, her future hopes and a desire to ultimately make her role redundant.
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Gemma Fay: “If it’s not challenging, it’s not worth doing”
With more than 200 caps in goal for Scotland in football, Gemma Fay is now using her experiences to develop women's rugby in Scotland with Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 qualification a big target for Scottish Rugby’s Head of Women and Girls’ Rugby.
Nahid Biyarjomandi - Iran
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Nahid Biyarjomandi: “I belong to a big family and that is the rugby family”
One of the ‘Unstoppables’ in World Rugby’s new campaign to promote women in rugby, Nahid Biyarjomandi believes that introducing children to rugby in Iran can help them overcome barriers and bring happiness to their lives.
Leah Lyons - Ireland
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Leah Lyons: “Ain’t got nothing good to say, say nothing at all”
One of the ‘Unstoppables’ in World Rugby’s new campaign to promote women in rugby, Ireland prop Leah Lyons reveals how the sport helped her confidence grow as a youngster and gave her the strength to overcome bullies and be a role model to youngsters.
Deborah Griffin - England
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Deborah Griffin: “I won’t stop until those things happen”
One of the ‘Unstoppables’ in World Rugby’s new campaign to promote women in rugby, Deborah Griffin’s lifelong desire to encourage more women to participate in sport was sparked in her teens and still burns as strong today.
Anna Preira - Senegal
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Anna Preira: “Rugby has helped me in many, many ways”
One of the ‘Unstoppables’ in World Rugby’s new campaign to promote women in rugby, Anna Preira only discovered rugby by chance but the sport has changed her life, giving her the confidence to overcome any obstacle and to encourage others in Senegal to play the sport and benefit from its values.
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Cate Sexton: “Growing more opportunities for women to be involved in rugby is the biggest thing“
One of 14 people to receive a World Rugby Women's Executive Leadership Scholarship in 2019, New Zealand Rugby's Head of Women’s Rugby Development Cate Sexton believes the increased resourcing and profile of the women's game is key to creating opportunities and pathways for women in all aspects of the game, from playing to the boardroom.