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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...

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...

Football, women's football, women's sport

Players question safety of allowing elite sport to continue

Rugby players and footballers have questioned whether it is safe to carry on playing elite women's sport during the new national lockdown with testing and other measures not in place.

Harlequins Women's star Kristine Sommer asked on Twitter: "Do we think [the Premier 15s] will bring in testing to keep players' safety up?

"I'll say it 100,000 times how grateful I am to play...

Football, women's football, women's sport

Women's elite sport to continue during lockdown

The Women's Super League and Championship as well as rugby union's Premier 15s competition will be allowed to continue during the latest government lockdown.

However, the Women's FA Cup and all leagues below the Championship have been suspended.

A statement from the Football Association said: "It is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league...

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Premier 15s review: leaders pushed hard but maintain perfect start

Between them, Harlequins and Saracens have won all 15 matches they've played with a try bonus point in the Allianz Premier 15s. Only a postponed fixture separates the sides, with Quins five points clear at the top, but both had their winning records pushed to the limit at the weekend.

Loughborough Lightning opened a 12-point lead against Saracens but eventually succumbed to a 29-24...

Football, women's football, women's sport

More COVID cancellations hit Allianz Premier 15s schedule

DMP Durham Sharks' match against Sale Sharks is the latest Allianz Premier 15s fixture to be postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak.

Three members of the DMP squad have tested positive for COVID-19, with several others forced to self-isolate as close contacts, giving the Rugby Football Union no choice but to call off Saturday's game.

Earlier in the week it was confirmed...

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"Milestone moment" as Rugby World Cup is expanded to 16 teams from 2025

World Rugby has confirmed an additional four teams will take part in the Rugby World Cup from 2025 onwards as the competition expands from 12 to 16 teams.

The change in format comes too late for the next tournament in New Zealand in 2021 where the pool draw has already taken place.

However, World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont called the expansion a 'milestone moment' for the...

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