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Otherwise known as the “Women’s World Rugby Festival,” RugbyFest 1990 invited national teams as well as provincial and club sides to Christchurch for a two-week event. Learn more about the precursor to the first Women's Rugby World Cup here.
By 1962, the modern game had its first women’s rugby union team in the University of Edinburgh. Collegiate teams followed in the U.K. and France, and in 1968, the first women’s rugby match (that was also documented) occurred in Toulouse, France. La Ville Rose responded so positively to that inaugural event that it’s no surprise to see “Toulouse 1970” as an important node on women’s rugby timeline. The southern French city became the headquarters for the first women’s rugby union governing body.
In 1962, the Edinburgh Amazons Women's Rugby Team came into being. The crucial detail, of course, is that the rugby union team did not disappear. It met regularly, practiced and had its existence documented and verified. Thus, the Scottish team retains the honor of being the first women’s rugby team.
Enniskillen, in County Fermanagh, Ireland, was the beginning of it all. There, on the Royal Portora School ground rugby pitch in 1887, a woman played rugby for the first time.
The Women’s Premier League (WPL) and Ruggette RFC have announced a new partnership that will culminate at the 2022 WPL National Championship, June 24-26 in Lemont, Ill. The two women’s rugby entities are collaborating on apparel that places its athletes at the center of the creative and design process.
No Woman, No Try is an hour-long documentary now streaming on Amazon Prime Sport, pays homage to women's rugby through its thoughtful, charismatic cast, which includes Ruggette RFC founder Stef Evans.
For Wales, these past 12 months have marked programmatic lows, followed by historic firsts, and the 2022 women’s rugby Six Nations championship will reflect the impact of important changes made in-house. Read more about the Wales women's rugby team here.
Italy returns to the women’s rugby Six Nations championship as the fourth-place team, but the Azzurre is eager to showcase the gains it has made since spring 2021. Read more about the Italy women's rugby team here.
England is the women’s rugby Six Nations three-time reigning champion, and the Red Roses have only fortified their ranks since hoisting the 2021 trophy. Read more about the team here.
The women’s rugby Six Nations championship begins this weekend, and France is looking to extend the country’s current jubilation into the spring. Read more about the tournament and France's story here.
The Women’s Six Nations is an international rugby union competition which takes place each year. For the first time ever, the tournament has a title sponsor - making it officially the TikTok Women's Six Nations. Learn more about the competition and its history here.
It began with a 5th place finish at the 2021 women’s rugby Six Nations tournament, and ended with a berth to the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. Now, it’s time for Scotland to funnel all of that good energy into the TikTok Women’s Six Nations Championship, which begins March 26, 2022.
Get to know some of our favourite players as they spill the tea on how they got to where they are in their career, hopes for the future of rugby, and pre-game rituals.