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Champions of England: Quins win Premier 15s title at last

Having lost two previous finals and then suffered the frustration of a cancelled campaign due to coronavirus, Harlequins finally won the Allianz Premier 15s title at the fourth attempt against old rivals Saracens.

Despite the emergence of far more competitive opponents than the early...

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World Rugby reveals global calendar for the women's international game

World Rugby has introduced a unified global calendar for international women's rugby as well as two new competitions.

The Women's Six Nations and other existing regional tournaments will still be played each year but must finish by June. New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the USA will also play in a new competition.

The top three sides will then join the top three from the...

Wales, welsh rugby, women's rugby, women's sport

Women's Six Nations included in CVC investment

The Women's Six Nations is set to benefit after being included in a £365m investment in the overall tournament by private equity firm CVC.

The company, which already owns stakes in men's Premiership Rugby and the Pro 14, has taken a 14 per cent share in the competition.

England's Rugby Football Union is already exploring ways to grow the women's game using their share of the...

rugby, women's rugby, British & Irish Lions

British & Irish Lions side a step closer

The British & Irish Lions will officially study the feasibility of launching a women's team after receiving sponsorship to explore the possibility.

The idea was first discussed with the English, Irish, Welsh and Scottish unions in 2019 with Lions managing director Ben Calveley saying it was a case of "when, not if" a women's team would go on tour.

He now describes the...

women's rugby, rugby world cup, england women

Rugby World Cup 2021 set for 12-month delay

World Rugby has recommended postponing the 2021 Rugby World Cup by a year as women's sport continues to struggle with the consequences of the Covid pandemic.

The tournament is due to take place in New Zealand throughout September and October. However, despite the country's apparent success in dealing with the crisis, the recent lockdown of Auckland following the discovery of just a...

women's rugby, Premier 15s

Exeter complete historic double in Premier 15s upset

Exeter Chiefs became the first team to beat both Saracens and Harlequins - the traditional top two since the inception of the Premier 15s - in the same season, managing the feat on consecutive weekends.

The top flight debutants followed up their impressive 22-14 victory against Saracens with a gritty performance against Harlequins, winning 7-6 with all the points scored in the first...

England Women, Red Roses, Six Nations, England rugby, women's rugby

Mixed reaction to new format for the Women's Six Nations

Although confirmation this year's Women's Six Nations will go ahead in April has been widely welcomed, the competition's new shortened conference-style format has been brought into question.

Instead of the usual round-robin fixtures, where everybody plays everybody else in a mirror of the men's tournament, the six countries have been split into two pools: England, Italy and Scotland...

women's rugby, Harlequins Women

Harlequins to appeal after Saracens handed title boost

Harlequins will appeal an RFU decision to award Saracens five points after cancelling the originally postponed fixture between the Allianz Premier 15s contenders.

The match was due to be played on 2 January but was then moved to Saturday 20 February when the Quins squad had to isolate following a positive test in the camp. However, an investigation revealed Harlequins had failed to...

women's rugby, Premier 15s

RFU confirms Premier 15s restart

The Allianz Premier 15s will resume this weekend with two rearranged fixtures before the tournament continues fully from Round 11 onwards on Saturday 6 February.

Rounds 11 and 12 were originally suspended at the same time as the men's season was also paused with two rounds of European fixtures cancelled.

As part of the restart, all clubs will now have access to two rounds of...

women's rugby, Premier 15s

Women's Premier 15s to take two-week "circuit breaker"

Rounds 11 and 12 of the Allianz Premier 15s have been postponed with play not resuming until the end of January at the earliest despite the competition having dispensation to continue during the current national lockdown.

The Premier 15s was granted "elite" status alongside the men's Premiership to carry on playing and has been operating under adapted laws to reduce the risk of...

England Women, Red Roses, Six Nations, England rugby, women's rugby

Six Nations likely to be delayed until April

The coronavirus crisis is likely to lead to disruption to the Women's Six Nations for a second season in a row, with the 2021 tournament set to be delayed until April instead of taking place on the same weekends as the men's event which is due to start in February.

Although England were eventually able to claim the Grand Slam with victory over Italy - in a match delayed from March to...