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Rocky's three to watch... one over-rated (but she's my teammate, so...), and two possibly past-its? :)

https://www.englandrugby.com/news/artic ... ance-women


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Nieghorn wrote:
Rocky's three to watch... one over-rated (but she's my teammate, so...), and two possibly past-its? :)

https://www.englandrugby.com/news/artic ... ance-women


Well you know my opinion of all of them, one is certainly overrated and now watch her continue her Matt Banaham career of not being what coaches imagine her to be based on nothing she actually achieves in the test game. Also still getting crushed int he scrum, carrying for no meters of note against quality opposition and leaving holes in defence. I'll still point to my argument with Scrum Queens last year before the Ireland opener when they raved about her, I posted my opinion and got a DM back saying "Bloody hell she can't scrum, she's awful" and Ireland, crushed 50 something points still sent the England scrum backwards.

Given my similar opinion of Farrell, who still has no running game of note nor the vision to create, it's really weird how England seem to be the country where players are picked and raved about, despite not actually doing anything exceptional at test level.

Meanwhile I still think Daley-McLean is performing as highly as she has ever done, but the coaches have chickened out of finding a replacement (and I point to the fact she consistently balls it against the Black Ferns at world cups is her only weakness) and Hunter is still surprising me at 8, but I still don't think she is the best.


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Rocky's three to watch... one over-rated (but she's my teammate, so...), and two possibly past-its? :)

https://www.englandrugby.com/news/artic ... ance-women


Well you know my opinion of all of them, one is certainly overrated and now watch her continue her Matt Banaham career of not being what coaches imagine her to be based on nothing she actually achieves in the test game. Also still getting crushed int he scrum, carrying for no meters of note against quality opposition and leaving holes in defence. I'll still point to my argument with Scrum Queens last year before the Ireland opener when they raved about her, I posted my opinion and got a DM back saying "Bloody hell she can't scrum, she's awful" and Ireland, crushed 50 something points still sent the England scrum backwards.

Given my similar opinion of Farrell, who still has no running game of note nor the vision to create, it's really weird how England seem to be the country where players are picked and raved about, despite not actually doing anything exceptional at test level.

Meanwhile I still think Daley-McLean is performing as highly as she has ever done, but the coaches have chickened out of finding a replacement (and I point to the fact she consistently balls it against the Black Ferns at world cups is her only weakness) and Hunter is still surprising me at 8, but I still don't think she is the best.


Could easily swap her with Cleall, too.


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Italy win again! 15-19 in Cardiff


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2 great moments from the England France match:

https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby/status ... 9422477313

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And the highlights:

https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby/status ... 6927089670


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Development on the Tyrells Premiership reviews:

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Squidge Rugby take's on the England France game:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Oh-JNYeRYc


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Catherine Spencer's book 'Mud, Maul and Mascara' is out on the 6th February:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mud-Maul-Masca ... 133&sr=8-1

Looking forward to reading it, on her first England cap in an era women's rugby was almost nothing, she was told to bring 50 quid for the flight.


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eldanielfire wrote:
Squidge Rugby take's on the England France game:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Oh-JNYeRYc


Reminded me why I don't narrate my videos (as I've had requests to do) ... his voice drives me bonkers. :) (As mine might for others, or at least cause them to switch it off once they hear I'm not from a 'rugby country'.)


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Nieghorn wrote:
eldanielfire wrote:
Squidge Rugby take's on the England France game:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Oh-JNYeRYc


Reminded me why I don't narrate my videos (as I've had requests to do) ... his voice drives me bonkers. :) (As mine might for others, or at least cause them to switch it off once they hear I'm not from a 'rugby country'.)


I'm curious as to your videos now. I assume some of them you've linked to me before?


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eldanielfire wrote:
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Squidge Rugby take's on the England France game:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Oh-JNYeRYc


Reminded me why I don't narrate my videos (as I've had requests to do) ... his voice drives me bonkers. :) (As mine might for others, or at least cause them to switch it off once they hear I'm not from a 'rugby country'.)


I'm curious as to your videos now. I assume some of them you've linked to me before?


I don't think so. I may have shared a blog post or two before, but don't think I've shared vids. They're all specific to tactics (for the most part), sometimes skill-focused. www.youtube.com/c/rugbyguide


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Nieghorn wrote:
eldanielfire wrote:
Nieghorn wrote:
eldanielfire wrote:
Squidge Rugby take's on the England France game:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Oh-JNYeRYc


Reminded me why I don't narrate my videos (as I've had requests to do) ... his voice drives me bonkers. :) (As mine might for others, or at least cause them to switch it off once they hear I'm not from a 'rugby country'.)


I'm curious as to your videos now. I assume some of them you've linked to me before?


I don't think so. I may have shared a blog post or two before, but don't think I've shared vids. They're all specific to tactics (for the most part), sometimes skill-focused. http://www.youtube.com/c/rugbyguide


Cool? I'll be taking a look sometime :thumbup:


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Is it weird to be jealous of Vicky Fleetwood's pipes? :O

https://twitter.com/alexmeadeditor/stat ... 34147?s=20


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Nieghorn wrote:
Is it weird to be jealous of Vicky Fleetwood's pipes? :O

https://twitter.com/alexmeadeditor/stat ... 34147?s=20


Nope!

A good piece on Kate Alder and how hard it is to keep doing a unpaid professional athlete:

https://www.talkingrugbyunion.co.uk/kat ... /25613.htm


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Interesting article on Rosie Galligan on the BBC:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/51651488

Amazing to comeback from meningitis only to break her ankle after returning to play for Saracens. Hopefully she will recover and go on to play for Saracens and England again.

Not many locks that look like this either


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Lobby wrote:
Interesting article on Rosie Galligan on the BBC:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/51651488

Amazing to comeback from meningitis only to break her ankle after returning to play for Saracens. Hopefully she will recover and go on to play for Saracens and England again.

Not many locks that look like this either


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As Neige knows, she's my favourite. Her and Catherine O'Donnell who looks like a model and plays like Martin Johnson. In fact adding in Abby Scott England have an amazingly gorgeous set of locks.


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Bats for the other team?


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Nieghorn wrote:
Bats for the other team?


Rosie? We know. Cath? has a Boyfriend. Abbie? don't know.


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eldanielfire wrote:
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Bats for the other team?


Rosie? We know. Cath? has a Boyfriend. Abbie? don't know.


Abbie Scott got engaged to Dave Ward at the end of last year.


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Lobby wrote:
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Bats for the other team?


Rosie? We know. Cath? has a Boyfriend. Abbie? don't know.


Abbie Scott got engaged to Dave Ward at the end of last year.


:thumbup:

Interesting a few of the Harlequins lads are dating the girls. Jess Breech is dating one of the Quins men as well.


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From a story about Czech women's rugby: https://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/ostatni- ... vQG30UwIbM

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... love the shirt, too! Wonder if you can get Czech kit anywhere?


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In recent news, the Dutch have decided that they want to focus on XVs over 7's because XVs is where the sport is growing in The Netherlands :thumbup: . That would be great. I believe they are a nation who have potential in rugby.

Their match for the Euro Cup vs Russia, also acting as a world cup qualifying match will be streamed here:

https://www.rugbyeurope.eu/welcome-rugby-europe-tv


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On March 7, when the Irish were supposed to host the Italians in the Six Nations, a number of other matches of significance will still be played. On that day, the Georgian men host Portugal and can win the Rugby Europe International Championship with a match to spare. The same day, the English men and women will face their Welsh counterparts. It will also be the day the Rugby Europe Womens Championship kicks off at the National Rugby Centre Amsterdam. It will be the day Netherlands’ Orange Ladies XV begin a new journey.

The Dutch ladies host Russia in that first match, pitting the current number 17 against the number 15 in the world rankings. It is the 2019 runner-up of the Rugby Europe Women’s Championship against the number three.

A bit more than a decade ago, few would really have paid much attention to a match like this, but things have changed. Rugby, in general, has grown, but women’s rugby has boomed. One of the places this can be seen most keenly is the Netherlands.

Next year, the 2021 Rugby World Cup takes place in New Zealand. This will be the first Women’s World Cup that will be scheduled in four-year cycles, in the same way as the men’s. Before, World Rugby scheduled the World Cups every year, in the same way as the u20 and u18 World Cups. This change is significant, explains the new Dutch coach Sylke Haverkorn.

“When you look at the friendlies we played against Hong Kong last year, we had 15 new caps over two matches,” she says. “It was a shame we lost those games, but we were just not ready. It has been like that for years now, where we had to build a new team every year.

“At the same time, you always had to balance it with elite sevens, with their World Cup, and the Olympics. The spacing means that is no longer the case.”

She speaks from experience, having played prop for the Netherlands for over a decade. After stopping as an active player in 2016, she began coaching the first team of her club RUS (Rugbyende Utrechtse Studentes), a powerhouse in Dutch women’s rugby. The last two seasons she was also been forwards coach of the men’s first XV at DIOK Leiden, the reigning Dutch champions.

September last year, she agreed to take over the running of the national team. A task that goes beyond that of just national team coach.

“We have decided to change things a bit. We used to focus on the sevens for the national team and it was ok for players to only play and train sevens. Since this season we have changed that. Now, you have to play club 15s in order to play sevens for your country as well.

“That is because the growth of the game in the country right now is in 15s and we do not want to exclude a lot of players from reaching the top level. When you focus solely on sevens, you always leave players out, and you actually lose players doing that.

“They are different games, though of course the skill sets are the same. Sevens is all about decision making, finding space and playing out one-on-ones. The directness and physicality, you only get from 15s.”

The other thing that has changed for the Dutch ladies is the newly established U18 Girls. Under coaches Sascha Werlich and Richard van den Broek, a U18 sevens was already set up, but Haverkorn and her staff made work of the 15-a-side version too. Alongside a full second team, this means there is real strength in depth now.

“Right now, with the youth coming through and having the U18 Girls XV and the sevens teams, we have a good flow of talent and there is continuity. That will be a massive strength for us in the next few years.”

These youth teams tie in well with the Dutch academy system, where youth players, female and male, from U14 and upwards can train more often and at a higher level while playing club rugby.

Of course, while the benefit of these cannot be denied, Haverkorn finds it most important players have done a good level of sports in their youth.

“The players we have who have played since they were three or six years old have the best understanding of the game, but then we get people who come from judo who are some of the best in the contact and have those important falling skills. Former footballers often make for the best kickers and swimmers and tennis players often have the upper body development we can use. In the end, we do really need every one of those qualities to make a great team.”

Besides the development goals, Haverkorn’s sporting goals for the next few years are ambitious but achievable. She wants to see the Netherlands break into the top 10 of the world rankings in the next four years. Alongside that, she wants to make it to a Rugby World Cup.

“That might not be next year, but the next time again. But that is the level we do want to achieve.”

The new team captain confirms that. “If we don’t make it this time, it’s not a big deal. It would be great for the team, though, and for the game if we do make that qualifier in September,” says Linde van der Velden.

The 25-year-old, who began playing in Castricum and now represents French club Stade Toulousain, became captain at the same time as Haverkorn took over management of the team.

With a cousin who played for Castricumse RC and the Dutch 15s and sevens teams, and a father who played for RC Smugglers, she grew up around the game. She only began playing at 17, though, at Castricum. Four years later, her talent was recognized and she was selected for the Dutch team by then-coach Sascha Werlich, who soon also picked her to play sevens in the orange jersey.

She caught the tail end of the Dutch World Rugby Sevens Series adventure and played a number of tournaments on the European circuit and the World Series qualifier in Hong Kong. Now a back rower as well as an experienced sevens player, she is a force to be reckoned with on the pitch.

Alongside her passion for what she does, which she transfers onto the team, her attitude about the game, as well as her bachelor in spatial design, is very healthy and modest. “I’m just trying to be the best version of myself I can be. I want to get the best out of myself. That is also what I expect from my teammates.”

The game in France has proved a challenge for her, and not just because of the language barrier. “The game is so much faster. They barely do rucks and when they do, they want the ball out within seconds. I really had to get used to that.”

Recently, she also played a tryout match for Exeter Chiefs in the Premiership Rugby, where there would be more opportunities to play. “You can really see the development happening there. They often have a staff of eight around the team. And because the English national team players, the only full pros, are expected to train and play at a similar level in their clubs as they would during national team camps, all the other women have access to facilities and trainers too. It makes a huge difference, being able to do handling drills with a coach on the pitch, rather than just doing your gym work and leaving it with that.”

van der Velden is not the only semi-pro on the side either. This season, she has met Tamara Stock, who plays for Stade Rennais, in the French competition. Three-quarter Pleuni Kievit plays sevens with Nagato Blue Angels in Japan.

The challenges she sets herself are also reflected in the high standards she sets for her team. “If you set high standards for the team and for yourself, you will push that little bit more and get that much further.”

When asked about the upcoming campaign, both coach and captain show confidence. “Russia is a hard, physical team and they are fit. Most of their World Series Sevens players will be on that team too, which will pose a challenge for us. But we are definitely in a place where we can beat them,” says Haverkorn.

“We played them in the Sevens Grand Prix last summer,” says van der Velden, “I’m confident, but those girls are tough as nails.”

It is world number 10 that will be the big challenge though.

“Spain will be a tough nut to crack. They have the highest number of female players in Europe there, and they are a settled side. They do not have the problem of having a completely new team every year, which we have had for a while now,” according to Haverkorn. “If we have a good day, we can certainly beat them, but for years now that is the hurdle we have failed to cross. We have ended second place to Spain many years in a row now.”

van der Velden seems less confident about that match than the match against Russia but approaches that challenge with the same attitude she shows elsewhere. “We will give it our all and try to be the best we can be. That is all we can do.”

When the Orange Ladies XV kick off their campaign this year against Russia, no matter what, it is the start of a journey. This year could be a step towards the World Cup, which would allow them finally to join the Dutch handball and football ladies in the limelight. At the same time, it will be the first step on the long road to becoming a solid tier one nation in women’s rugby. And a journey like that is one to follow for any lover of the game.

*The match will be live-streamed at 12:00 local time

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Sweeping changes are to be introduced for the women’s club game in England next season including the introduction of a salary cap, a squad size cap and the scrapping of development teams.

The Tyrrells Premier 15s is heading into its fourth year and has significantly raised the standard of the women’s club game, attracting players from around the world and introducing new franchises to the women’s game such as Harlequins, who have invested heavily into their new programme, and Exeter who are seeking to enter the league next season.

A shakeup of the teams in the league was already underway with teams including Richmond, Firwood Waterloo and Darlington Mowden Park Sharks under pressure to keep their spots from next season.

Exeter, Newcastle and Sale Sharks are among the new clubs who have submitted bids backed by significant investment, to join in their place.

The decision on who will be in the league will be confirmed in the coming months following a full retendering process.

The teams who make it in next year will stay in the 10-club competition for three years, after which the structure will then be reviewed again.

But there are further significant changes coming including

The introduction of a salary cap of £60,000.

The cap will be advisory next season but will be made compulsory the year after.

This change is thought to be in part to help level the playing field among the clubs and to encourage top players to spread themselves across the teams rather than congregate at one or two clubs.


Not every club is currently paying players, though a handful are, but most cover some sort of travel and accommodation costs for players who need it.

Those costs or ‘material benefits’ are set to be included in the cap though with some leeway, possibly making it difficult for the clubs who have been able to offer such perks.

There is support broadly among the clubs for the introduction of a cap, though many believe it is set at the wrong level and should be increased.

The scrapping of development teams and the capping of squads at 40 players

Each of the Premier 15s clubs currently operates a second side, effectively akin to an ‘A’ team which competes in a concurrent development league.

The decision to axe the league is partly to improve standards in the leagues below but is also a recognition that some clubs have struggled to consistently both field and pay to keep a competitive second team on the road.

The RFU currently invest £75,000 in the clubs annually which many clubs say makes it too difficult to fund two sides.

Others however believe the decision to be short-sighted, especially those operating teams in parts of the country where the players being released will not have easy access to a certain standard in the leagues below.

With no development teams, the current squad size will be reduced from 60 to 40, releasing up to 200 players into the lower leagues. Clubs will still be able to bring in players on loan if needed.

That decison is likely to be welcomed though by clubs in the lower leagues, who may well be boosted by the arrival of high quality players.





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Netherlands vs Russia live now:

https://www.rugbyeurope.eu/2019-20-re-w ... -vs-russia


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17 year old on debut for England on the wing.


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17 year old on debut for England on the wing.


I'm surprised at Mia Venner. England have a few very good teenage wingers. I'm very glad Amelia Harper is there, a very, very talented openside. She was brilliant for the U18s and played there younger than usual 3 years back.

Also great to see Harriet Miller-Mills back in the team after 3 years as well. Really glad she scored.


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What a score! hahaha Botterman and Sarah Bern off the bench is hilarious. :lol: :lol: :lol:


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The English team look like they are playing an entirely different sport here. The size and athleticism differential alone is absolutely massive. When you add in better coaching, the cricket score is hardly surprising...


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Da iawn diolch wrote:
The English team look like they are playing an entirely different sport here. The size and athleticism differential alone is absolutely massive. When you add in better coaching, the cricket score is hardly surprising...


The question is why aren't the WRU funding Wales on any professional or even semi-professional basis and provide a decent coach for them? You can see here the sheer physicality is the overwhleming difference between the sides

The England players are a mix of semi and professional contracts. And none of them are on much. Last bunch of contracts England did in 2017 players were on something like £17k. There are only 20 odd players on professional contracts and a dozen on part time ones. They make massive sacrifices, but they can train and be coached full time. And just as importantly bulk-up, do speed work and practice.

Given the relatively small amounts even the RFU pour into the women's professional game the WRU and other unions are a disgrace for not even having part time contracts for their first teamers. Look at Wales here, their starting props and hooker are still on in a pack that has made 200+ tackles and they are still holding up the completely fresh England front row as amateurs. This wales team has talent, but matches will be decided simply by professionals who have trained careers together vs amateurs in essentially scratch teams.


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eldanielfire wrote:
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The English team look like they are playing an entirely different sport here. The size and athleticism differential alone is absolutely massive. When you add in better coaching, the cricket score is hardly surprising...


The question is why aren't the WRU funding Wales on any professional or even semi-professional basis and provide a decent coach for them?


Because there is no interest.


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There should be a pathway though Derwyn... there isn't room for but it's a sport for men shit any more.

Some of the girls out there legitimately show better handling skills than male professionals I watch.

Also, Fleetwood is quite fit :blush: and more importantly, is a cracking rugby player. So good over the deck, excellent ball in hand and in positioning and reads the game well.


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When there are crowds in Wales for women's rugby that get higher than 30 people then I'll have another think.


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t.w.a.t.


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Derwyn wrote:
When there are crowds in Wales for women's rugby that get higher than 30 people then I'll have another think.


They are. Their games are attended in the thousands these days.


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Wendigo7 wrote:

Also, Fleetwood is quite fit :blush: and more importantly, is a cracking rugby player. So good over the deck, excellent ball in hand and in positioning and reads the game well.


I dream of her abs (and she's so cute too).


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Speaking of cuties, the Dutch v Russia games was class. The Netherlands went 20-0 down 1st half. Late in the 2nd half they scored 3 to go 21-20 up but some naive play (the bane of their game) lost them a few balls when all they needed to do was retain and Russia got a late one in.

They play some lovely rugby but make poor decisions. I suppose the fact they play a different team every time I see or hear about them comes into effect, which is amplified for an attacking team who need players to gel and understand the systems and team mates. They are a bit naive at times, crashing the ball when isolated, body positions making turnovers easy, not making the right decisions. And for such a tall team, their lineout was rubbish. But their scrum was great (The russian women's scrum is to be feared normally) and they are a fats highly skilled team who have the physicality. They have huge potential.

Russia were very good. They had less ball but they were ruthless in the rucks and got a ton of turnovers. Their defence was also very good, their line speed in defence was top class blitz defence which made the dutch force mistakes. It's actually a crime these sides don't get to play more test rugby with consistent line-ups. They both have huge potential.


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The stream of the Columbia women vs Brazil match at the weekend:

https://www.facebook.com/FecorugbyTucan ... 509755513/


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Was disappointed to see more England forward dominance... women against girls stuff in the highlights. Only saw Scarratt in the background. Thompson meant to be playing... didn’t notice at all. Not sure who the other winger was.


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eldanielfire wrote:
The stream of the Columbia women vs Brazil match at the weekend:

https://www.facebook.com/FecorugbyTucan ... 509755513/



The victorious ladies ...

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