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New concussion study in women's rugby

An international study on concussion in sportswomen has been announced by the company that developed a concussion test for adult males based on research led by Dr Valentina Di Pietro and Professor Tony Belli at the University of Birmingham .

Research suggests that female athletes suffer a higher rate of concussion, which may be accompanied by a wider range of more severe and...


World Rugby welcomes Gallagher as official partner of Women's Rugby

World Rugby and Gallagher, a global insurance brokerage, risk management and consulting services company, today announced a multi-year global partnership establishing Gallagher as an Official Partner of Women's Rugby and Rugby World Cup 2025. The announcement signifies Gallagher's commitment to developing participation in the women's game around the world.

As part of the partnership...

Alison Mower driving forward for Bideford RFC

A remarkable rugby story

When Bideford RFC Ladies happily trudged off the field with a 78-5 victory over Withycombe on December 4, the moment of sporting satisfaction was overwhelmed by a sense of deep pride felt all around the club.

Flanker Alison Mower played the opening 20 minutes of a terrific display and performed with a level of intensity that told just a fraction of her incredible story.



50 inspiring referees launch campaign for female officials

At Twickenham Stadium last weekend, 50 inspiring female referees marked the launch of a new campaign with the aim of attracting more female officials to the sport.

Brought together by The Rugby Football Union (RFU) and ACME Whistles ahead of the clash between England Men and Japan, the 50 referees surrounded the national flags on the pitch, alongside the players and dignitaries...


Lottery backing for local rugby

2022 has certainly been the year of women's sport in England. The Lionesses won the Euros, the women of Team England sparkled at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and now the Red Roses are red-hot favourites to win the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

However, this success at elite level for women's sport is built on the strong foundations of grassroots projects up and down the...


From 50 to 500 – RFU campaign aims to #INSPIRE women to take up refereeing

The RFU has launched a nationwide campaign to inspire 500 new female rugby referees to join the sport by the end of 2024.

The #INSPIRE campaign will celebrate a female referee every day in the build-up to the England v Japan Autumn international on November 12, at which 50 of England’s most inspiring female referees will take to the pitch at Twickenham.

The campaign launched...

Red Roses set to inspire the next generation of female rugby players

England’s Red Roses will take on New Zealand’s Black Ferns at Exeter’s Sandy Park at the end of the month in a fixture that could “inspire the next generation of female rugby players.”

England Women take on New Zealand in the first of their autumn internationals at Sandy Park on Sunday 31 October - kick-off 2.30pm. Tickets have already gone on sale.

It’s the first of a...

Exeter Chiefs head coach Sue Appleby looks ahead to new Allianz Premier 15s season

EXETER CHIEFS’ emphatic introduction to the Allianz Premier 15s has sparked more players dreaming of Devon, says head coach Susie Appleby.

Chiefs finished sixth last year, their maiden top-flight season, tying fifth-placed Gloucester-Hartpury Women with 50 points apiece but missing out on the top half of the table on points difference.

It’s been a busy offseason for Appleby...

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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 years of the competition, it was still the same two teams who qualified first and second - Sarries...

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Delayed Rugby World Cup 2021 dates confirmed

Dates for the delayed 2021 Rugby World Cup have been confirmed, with the tournament extended to avoid fixture clashes. All matches will now have a stand-alone time slot in a change to the original schedule which had some games kicking off at the same time during the pool stage.

The tournament in New Zealand will run from 8 October to 12 November 2022, extending the length of the...