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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 new 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.
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.
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World Rugby awards 14 new Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarships ahead of International Women’s Day
World Rugby renews its commitment to driving inspirational leadership and fast tracking the development of women in rugby through its successful Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarship programme.
Barbarian's Women's coach Giselle Mather
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Giselle Mather: "We'll play it our way"
In the second part of our feature with Giselle Mather, the Wasps Ladies and Barbarians Women's coach gives a fascinating insight into how she expects the women's game to develop over the coming years.
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Gender no issue for experienced Barbarians coach Mather
In the first instalment of a two-part interview, Women's Rugby World Cup-winning fly-half Giselle Mather reveals what she loves about coaching, in both the women’s and men’s game.
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Faaee blazing a trail for female coaches
Former US Women's Eagles captain Tiffany Faaee is embarking on a trailblazing coaching career in Major League Rugby.
Australian referee Amy Perrett
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Perrett dreaming of Tokyo 2020 as she returns to world stage
Referee Amy Perrett can't wait to run out for the opening game of the HSBC Sydney Sevens in her hometown on Friday to complete her return to the international stage following the birth of her son Liam last year. Her comeback hasn't been an easy one, but as she looks ahead to Tokyo 2020 she is grateful for the support she's received every step of the way.
Oceania Rugby Women's Championship 2018: Fiji v Tonga
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Fiji and Tonga ready to herald new dawn in women's rugby
Fiji captain Rusila Nagasau and Tonga team manager Fehoko Tu’ivai are united in their hope that last year's expanded Oceania Rugby Women's Championship is the catalyst to drive the growth of women's rugby across the Pacific Islands.
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French brothers help to inspire a Brazilian rugby revolution
A Frenchman who has spent the last 40 years in western Brazil, Michel Leplus tells World Rugby why he chose to focus on women's rugby in an area of his adopted country that isn't a traditional stronghold of the sport.
Colombia's Alejandra Betancur
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Alejandra Betancur: “Our goal is to inspire future generations to build the road, dream and achieve”
Little did Alejandra Betancur know when she picked up an oval ball for the first time that it would lead to her captaining Colombia on the biggest stage of all, at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
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Deb Robinson: Overcoming “the perfect storm” to be part of incredible success stories
A Rugby World Cup winner with both the All Blacks and Black Ferns as team doctor, Deb Robinson has experienced many highs and lows in her 16 plus years in the sport working with some of the world's best players and coaches.
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Carol Isherwood: “I just wanted to play this brilliant game”
One of the early trailblazers of women's rugby as a player and administrator, World Rugby Hall of Fame inductee Carol Isherwood's passion for rugby still burns brightly as she recalls her long association with “this brilliant game” and the importance of having women in high-performance coaching roles.
WRWC 2017: Canada v Hong Kong
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Kelly Russell: "It was just an incredible experience"
Little more than a year after hanging up her boots, former Canada captain Kelly Russell has already been part of the coaching team for a Youth Olympic Games bronze medal campaign and attended the Americas Combine as a performance analyst, two invaluable experiences as she plans her next challenge.
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Rugby thriving in Laos thanks to the pioneering work of Khang
As a star player, coach, and leader, Lao Khang has inspired thousands of young people to take up rugby and continues to be a trailblazer for the sport in Laos.
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Nicki Nicol: “I’m very proud of the trajectory that we’re on and we’ve got a lot of momentum”
New Zealand Rugby's Chief Operating Officer Nicki Nicol has witnessed the positive impact that the Women’s Rugby World Cup success in 2017 and the growth in the profile of the Black Ferns and Black Ferns Sevens has had across the country.
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Suisse Rugby eager to create a “a solid pyramid with a broad base” to continue growth
Suisse Rugby CEO Veronika Muehlhofer has played a significant role in Switzerland to ensure the sport continues to thrive not only in the country but across Europe by creating more opportunities for teams below the Six Nations.
Katy Daley-Mclean - 100th cap
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Katy Daley-Mclean: “I just want to play for England as long as I can”
Katy Daley-Mclean had a long time to wait between her 99th and 100th test, but having reached the milestone last month she has no plans to hang up her boots yet with a Women's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2021 a tempting prospect.
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Joy Neville: “You believe in yourself and you drive on”
Joy Neville has enjoyed a whirlwind start to her career as a referee after hanging up her boots, going from being told a woman wouldn't referee an AIL men's match in Ireland anytime soon to taking charge of the Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 final and receiving the World Rugby Referee Award. We caught up with the Irish official to learn the challenges she's overcome and the doors now opened for her and other female officials.
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Cathy Wong: "Rugby's values like respect transcend into everyday life"
On the eve of the Oceania Rugby Women's Championship 2018, we caught up with Oceania Rugby's Women's Director Cathy Wong to talk about how the region are using rugby's values to help more women play the game and to combat domestic violence.
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Samoa women excited to return to the international stage
Samoa will play their first test for four years this weekend when the Oceania Rugby Women's Championship kicks off in Fiji, the culmination of having “re-energised our women’s programme” according to the Samoa Rugby Union's General Manager of High Performance Zane Hilton.
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Rocky Clark: “Rugby changed my life”
England's most capped player Rochelle ‘Rocky’ Clark credits rugby with changing her life, but having retired from international rugby the 37-year-old is now looking forward to giving back to the sport through coaching.