‘We Need To Develop Women Rugby’

Fiji led 26-0 at halftime. Meanwhile, New Zealand won the women’s gold medal after pipping Australia 17-12 in extra time. The Kiwis got their revenge 18 months after their loss at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Rugby: New Zealand women’s rugby sevens hit by mumps

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New Zealand women’s coach on three-man shortlist for Ulster job

The preamble to Ulster’s spin over to Edinburgh on Friday night was dominated by the appalling vista that would be their fourth defeat on the trot. The cost of this one would be to open the door wider to Treviso’s chase for a Champions Cup slot – at Ulster’s expense.

In an horrendous season, on and off the field, the prospect of missing out on the premier European competition, which Ulster have been a part of from the start and every year since, would have topped things off. The gap between beating La Rochelle in a brave and utterly committed performance in the pool phase, to not qualifying for the competition, never mind its knockout phase, would have felt like a sudden and painful impact .

And then they go and snaffle a bonus-point win away from home, their first since beating the Kings in Port Elizabeth in November. Coincidentally, that win in South Africa caused more unrest than cheer, given that it came with 36 points conceded and would subsequently be viewed as part of a sequence – with Treviso and then the Dragons – where Ulster were leaking points at a frightening rate. The rest, you know.

So here we are, with welcome and unlikely breathing space between Ulster and Treviso. The danger hasn’t gone away, and with Ospreys (at home) for whom Allen Clarke is likely to become their head coach on more than a stand-in basis, Glasgow (at home) and Munster (away) on the run-in, lots of bad stuff can happen.

In “the cathedral that is Murrayfield,” as a man on BBC NI put it with some hilarity – a lot of empty pews there – we had plenty of good stuff against a quality Edinburgh side who had five wins in succession before losing narrowly to Cardiff in the Challenge Cup last weekend. Most of it came from Iain Henderson.

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  • Date: Sun, 08 Apr 2018 02:30:00 IST
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