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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.
South Africa v Uganda - Rugby Africa Women's World Cup
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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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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.
Women's 15s international: Colombia v Brazil
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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.
Kenya v Uganda - Rugby Africa Women's World Cup
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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.
Danielle Waterman with Italy squad
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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.
England v Spain - Women's Rugby World Cup 2017
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.