As women’s sport is becoming more and more of a priority for media and sporting unions alike, creating visibility for successful women’s teams should be equally as important. This project looks into the importance of rugby to the lives of young women that play the sport, defying gender stereotypes and battling tough opposition on the way to make their mark on the sport.
Life could have turned out completely differently for Irish scrum half Kathryn Dane, if the coaches of the U8 Enniskillen opted not to let her join in with the boys team. On a whim, Dane went to join the boys after her football practice, and, with the help of her dad, convinced the coaches to let her join in with the lads that were “twice the size of me”.
Rugby rumours are a dime a dozen these days, with the most frequent rumours surrounding the expansion of competitions like the 6 Nations in Europe and the Rugby Championship in the Southern Hemisphere. However, these rumours do not touch on how these expansions could affect the women’s game.
The Dublin City University Ladies Rugby Club kicked off the second half of their season with a 46-14 victory over Old Belvedere RFC on Sunday 12 January. DCU kept out an impressive Old Belvedere attack throughout the first half, improving on the issues that crept into their game near the end of 2019.
Dublin City University's Ladies Rugby Club earned a come-from-behind victory over their hosts, Tullow RFC, on Sunday 3 November.
With the opening weekend of the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan in the history books, and one more match to play in the "first round" on Monday, there have been some spectacular performances by the big teams. However, two performances that should not be overlooked in the opening weekend were those of Argentina and Fiji.
Ireland started their World Cup campaign with an all-round victory over Scotland on Sunday. The Irish were dominant in their 27-3 victory, and looked like a team that has worked hard on the issues that were worrying them leading up to the World Cup.
It was New Zealand's day in the opening pool B encounter against South Africa on Saturday, a match which lived up to a number of expectations leading into it. What started out as an intense contest, worthy of a final, however, turned into a scrappy encounter that South Africa will hope to forget.
The Rugby World Cup kicks off on Friday, and this year promises to be one of the most competitive and exciting tournaments ever. Realistically, any one of four top teams could win it, with other dark horses also capable of pulling off a few big wins. As difficult as it is to predict the World Cup in Japan, let's take a look at it anyway...
We are well into the week of the start of the Rugby World Cup, and every country should be ready for their World Cup campaigns. One country that needs some work ahead of the start of the showcase in Japan is Argentina, who have been less than inspiring over the past two years. Despite making some headway into becoming a real world rugby power after joining the Southern Hemisphere Rugby Championship, they have since taken a few steps backwards in their performances.