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Vázquez hopes to promote change through sport
World Rugby Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarship recipient Fernanda Vázquez discusses her life in rugby and how her love affair with the game began.
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Nelson: Spain test is start of Rugby World Cup countdown
Scotland, captained for the first time by Helen Nelson, begin a massive year with a challenging test away to Spain in Almeria on Sunday.
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Planning key as Forrest attempts to grow Team GB culture
Great Britain women's sevens coach Scott Forrest talks to World Rugby about plotting a path to Tokyo 2020 while balancing his day-to-day commitments in Scotland.
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Alcaraz: 'Life took me towards rugby'
World Rugby Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarship recipient Lettizia Alcaraz was an Argentine international futsal player before finding a home in rugby.
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'The onus is on us to inspire girls to play rugby'
World Rugby Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarship recipient Regina Lunyolo talks about her hopes of growing playing numbers while ensuring there is a pathway for female leaders in Uganda.
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Prospect of fourth Rugby World Cup excites Scarratt
World Rugby Women’s 15s Player of the Year 2019 Emily Scarratt talks about switching from sevens to 15s, forsaking another Olympic Games and the potential of appearing at a fourth Rugby World Cup.
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'There is a place for women on boards of directors'
Hong Kong Rugby Union Director of Women's, Kim Kan talks about life in her new role and what she hopes to achieve over the next three years.
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Rugby gave Galleguillos the tools to succeed in life
World Rugby Executive Leadership Scholarship recipient Soledad Galleguillos has enjoyed a busy 2019 in rugby and beyond.
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Black Ferns Sevens claim first ever Cape Town title
New Zealand win their second title of the season after beating Australia 17-7 in the final of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens 2019 in South Africa.
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TRC Cup building girls' community in south-east Asia
The third edition of the Singlife Girls Rugby TRC Cup was attended by teams from seven countries and its organisers have bold ambitions for the tournament's future.
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Match officials appointed for Women’s Six Nations 2020
World Rugby has announced the match official appointments for the Women’s Six Nations 2020 as referees will look to perform at their best with less than two years until Rugby World Cup 2021 kicks off in New Zealand.
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New Zealand create history in Dubai with back-to-back titles
The Black Ferns Sevens become the first team to successful defend the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens title after coming from behind to beat Canada.
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Zamboulis refuses to revel in lengthening list of firsts
Citing commissioner Danae Zamboulis discusses her career in rugby, from Greece to Dubai via Merseyside, as she prepares for the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens at 7he Sevens Stadium.
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'It is the biggest achievement of our lives'
Sevens stars Rusila Nagasau and Lavenia Tinai reveal what being part of the first Fijiana team to qualify for a Rugby World Cup in 15s means to them and the impact it has already had on women's rugby in the country.
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Historic highs for Hong Kong and Fiji women
Hong Kong and Fiji are up to all-time highs in the World Rugby Women's Rankings, while Samoa drop to their lowest ever rating after losing their Rugby World Cup 2021 qualifier to the Fijians.
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'For us it's about empowering young girls'
Fatma El-kindiy talks to World Rugby about 'A Try for Change', a pilot programme in Botswana designed to encourage young women to pick up a rugby ball.
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Fiji qualify for Rugby World Cup 2021
Fijiana have qualified for their first Rugby World Cup after beating Samoa in the final round of the Oceania Rugby Women's Championship 2019 in Lautoka, Fiji.
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World Series selection quicker than Winiata expected
Rugby World Cup winner Selica Winiata will take another step on her officiating journey when she travels to Dubai and Cape Town in December.
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Black Ferns Development XV cruise to Oceania title
New Zealand convincingly stamped their mark as champions of the Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship after a comprehensive victory over Papua New Guinea, while Fiji and Samoa will meet again on Saturday to determine the region's Rugby World Cup 2021 qualifier.
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Dutch women rebuilding under former test prop
A Championship winner in both men’s and women’s rugby in the Netherlands and a former test prop, Sylke Haverkorn has now been tasked with rebuilding the country’s women’s 15s team as the newly-appointed head coach.
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Fiji move a step closer to Rugby World Cup qualification
Fiji power past Samoa in the second round of the Oceania Rugby Women's Championship to boost their chances of Rugby World Cup 2021 qualification, while the Black Ferns Development XV rack up another half-century.
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Pienaar aims to help improve women's pathways in South Africa
Having been awarded a place on the inaugural Women’s Sport Leadership Academy for High Performance Coaches, former Springbok Women's Sevens captain Marithy Pienaar discusses her transition into coaching and her hopes for the future.
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USA taking the long view ahead of momentous Canada double-header
Emilie Bydwell, USA Rugby General Manager for Women’s High Performance, tells World Rugby why this month's CanAm series is such a significant point on the road to Rugby World Cup 2021.
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Black Fern Selica Winiata to referee on HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series
Current Black Fern and former Black Fern Sevens player, Selica Winiata has been appointed as a match official for two rounds of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020.
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Big wins for Samoa and Black Ferns Development XV at Oceania Women's Championship
There were wins for the New Zealand Blacks Ferns Development XV and Samoa in a truncated opening round of the Oceania Rugby Women's Championship 2019 in Lautoka, Fiji.
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Expanded Oceania Championship doubles as Rugby World Cup qualifier
Samoa head coach Ramsey Tomokino admits his new-look side are something of an unknown quantity as they chase qualification for Rugby World Cup 2021.
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Minami hopes Japan's women can create their own history
Japan women’s prop Saki Minami is drawing inspiration from the Brave Blossoms' historic Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign ahead of November dates with Italy and Scotland.
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Rugby World Cup qualification would be the jewel in Jade’s crown
As Scotland prepare to take on Wales and Japan in key November internationals, Jade Konkel says there’s no hiding the end goal – Rugby World Cup 2021 qualification.
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Former Black Ferns star Grant ready to give back through coaching scholarship
Two-time Rugby World Cup winner Victoria Grant is one of seven female rugby coaches to be awarded a Women's Sport Leadership Academy for High Performance Coaches scholarship this month.
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Italy want to be "feared" says captain Furlan
Azzurre captain Manuela Furlan says Italy’s rise in women’s rugby is a decade in the making and they are determined to kick on even further and be seen as a major player in the international game.
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Seven female coaches selected for Women’s Sport Leadership Academy
Seven female coaches have been selected to participate in the Women’s Sport Leadership Academy for High Performance Coaches.
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Historic Oceania Rugby appearance just the start for Vanuatu
Vanuatu women's sevens made their international debut against Fiji in Suva on Thursday and Head of Vanuatu Women’s Rugby, Annie Kalo, is hopeful it can encourage growth in female participation.
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Melodie Robinson: 'It's still reasonably difficult for women in sports broadcasting'
Two-time Rugby World Cup winner and Japan 2019 commentator Melodie Robinson discusses the challenges she faced when starting life as a sports journalist.
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Doyle clear on what it takes to qualify for Rugby World Cup
Scotland’s new head coach Philip Doyle insists his team will give nothing less than 100 per cent to get to Rugby World Cup 2021 in New Zealand.
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November tests announced in biggest year of women's internationals
The November test fixtures and match officials have been announced in what has been the biggest year of women’s internationals in history.
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Physio proud to be with Boks for the long stretch
'This is where I feel I belong,' says South Africa's Rene Naylor, who hopes it will be third time lucky for her at RWC 2019.
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'Just being in the stadium and hearing the crowd was very special'
Rugby Australia 's Head of Women's Rugby and Rugby Participation Jilly Collins on life as a Match Commissioner at Japan 2019.
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Iryna Arkhytska aiming to balance Ukrainian board following 'marathon' southern hemisphere trip
World Rugby Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarship recipient Iryna Arkhytska embarked on a tour of Australia, Fiji and New Zealand that is already having an impact at home in the Ukraine.
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Kirsten Peterson: The woman behind the USA's mindful approach to RWC 2019
Sport psychologist Kirsten Peterson spent time with the USA as they prepared for the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup in July.
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How rugby is empowering women in Fiji
World Rugby Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarship recipient Vela Naucukidi discusses the changing attitudes towards females and rugby in Fiji.
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Sarah Hirini: "We can’t fall back on what we’ve previously done"
New Zealand captain Sarah Hirini shares how her side are fully focused on what's ahead and are eager to set new markers after a title-winning world series last year.
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Julianne Zussman falling in love with rugby all over again as a referee
Former Canada full-back Julianne Zussman will make her debut as a HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series referee in Glendale this weekend.
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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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Rebecca Mahoney breaks new ground as she rises to the challenge in New Zealand
Two-time Rugby World Cup winner Rebecca Mahoney discusses her historic Mitre 10 Cup refereeing debut and her desire to be on the match official panel for New Zealand 2021.
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'At first it was unusual for players but now it’s normal'
Georgia medic Nutsa Shamatava discusses her experiences as the only female team doctor at Rugby World Cup 2019.
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Pearce privileged to watch women flourish during transformative year
Rugby World Cup 2019 Match Press Officer Jayne Pearce headed to Japan on the back of media operations roles at the FIFA women's and netball World Cups.
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Getmanova relishing 'biggest' role of her life in Japan
Russia's logistics manager Ksenia Getmanova hopes that her involvement at Rugby World Cup 2019 can inspire more women to consider sport as a career.
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Triple test for Springbok Women
Vice-captain Zinhle Ndawonde says the upcoming tests against Spain and Scotland will provide a good yardstick for her Springbok Women’s team.
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History-maker Gattinger relishing Rugby World Cup opportunity
Rugby Canada have broken new ground with team manager Alana Gattinger the first female appointed to the role for a Rugby World Cup.
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Rachel Taylor: “It could be a world first if we do it right”
Former Wales captain Rachel Taylor is excited by her new role as the Welsh Rugby Union's first female regional academy skills coach and believes they can develop a world-leading academy for female players in the years to come.
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Angela Ruggiero appointed independent member on World Rugby’s Executive Committee
World Rugby has announced the appointment of Olympic gold medallist, former International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board Member, and CEO of Sports Innovation Lab’s Angela Ruggiero as an independent member on its Executive Committee.
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Colombia beat Brazil in historic international
Colombia enter the World Rugby Women's Rankings for the first time following a 28-7 win over Brazil in Medellin.
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Colombia and Brazil ready to make history
Colombia and Brazil will play each other for the first time in a women's international at Estadio Cincuentenario in Medellín on Sunday.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.