China celebrate

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.

China have made a triumphant return to test rugby by winning the Asia Rugby Women's Championship Division I title with an emphatic 68-0 victory over their hosts the Philippines in the final, but India also had cause to celebrate after recording their first ever test victory, 21-19 over Singapore.

China, playing their first internationals since 2011 in this competition, will now progress to a play-off with Kazakhstan in the coming months, which will double as a Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 qualifier with the winner promoted to the Asia Rugby Women's Championship in 2020. That competition next year will see one team qualify directly for WRWC 2021 in New Zealand.

Chen Yuqian opened the scoring in the final, only days after scoring a hat-trick in their 59-17 win over Singapore earlier in the week as China returned to international 15s in style.  

YuanYua Lu then showed excellent speed and power for their second before Yan Zhou and Weiyan Wang added further tries as China took a healthy lead into the break.

China kept the scoreboard ticking over in the second half as their bench impressed with replacement Zhaoxue Zhai crossing twice to ensure the title for her side.

World Rugby Council Member and Philippines hooker Ada Milby was proud of her side despite the defeat.

“China were a really strong side, and I wish them well on the pathway to Women’s Rugby World Cup” explained Milby. “I am proud of our girls, though, we fought right until the end. I am also proud of the fans who stuck with us throughout.

http://www.worldrugby.org/photos/432229

“It was not the result we wanted but it was a great tournament to be a part of. I also want to congratulate India on their first win.”

History for India

India, playing only their fourth test match, bounced back from the disappointment of a narrow 32-27 loss to the Philippines in the semi-finals to beat Singapore at Southern Plains Stadium.

In an enthralling match, India scrum-half Sumitra Nayak kicked a penalty to claim the narrow victory in the dying minutes.

With Singapore knocking on with less than three minutes to go, India eventually ran the ball into touch to spark emotional celebrations on the sidelines as they finished third in the Asia Rugby Women’s Championship Division I.

Sweety Kumari continued her fine form in the tournament, scoring two first-half tries to set India on the way to victory after her two tries in their defeat to the Philippines.

Singapore hit back, however, with two tries of their own, but a third from India left the scores at 15-12.

India’s captain Vahbiz Bharucha then opted for a penalty which was successfully converted by Nayak before Annabel Woo Xui Ni scored her second try of the match to give Singapore the lead for the first time.

Nassu Fofanah - Sierra Leone Rugby Union Chairperson
Women's Feature News Women in Rugby
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.
Women's Rugby Super Series 2019 - New Zealand v England - Photo: David Barpal
World rankings Women's News Tournament News Women in Rugby
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
Women's Feature News ChildFund Pass It Back Women in Rugby
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
Women's News Tournament News Women in Rugby
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
Women's Feature News Women in Rugby
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
World rankings Women's News Tournament News Women in Rugby
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
Women's Feature News Women in Rugby
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
Women's Feature News Women in Rugby
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.
Womens High Performance Academy
Media release Women's News High Performance Tournament News Women in Rugby
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
Women's Feature News Women in Rugby
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.