Wales’ Sisilia Tuipulotu steps out of Vunipola and Faletau shadow to forge her own path

Tuipulotu herself is a devout Christian and her faith remains an incredibly cherished part of her rugby journey. “Every little win that I get – whether I’m on the bench, or even if it’s just being called up to the... Read more

Meet Sadia Kabeya: England flanker who gave up shot putting to become ‘one of the best sevens in world’

Sadia Kabeya’s rugby journey began in a spontaneous, no-frills way. Plucked from a science lesson, aged 12, she was put on a rugby pitch to make up a shortfall in players for the school rugby team and given two simple... Read more

Natalia John inspired to reach new heights by nephew’s brave battle with cancer

A few weeks later, the Bristol Bears player was on the end of another phone call – but this time had reason to celebrate: she was offered the chance to become one of Wales’ first ever professional female rugby players.... Read more

Special report: ‘There was urine flying through the air’ – the incontinence crisis blighting elite women’s sport

“Women are supposed to have a menstrual cycle – blood is supposed to come out of them once a month,” says Baz Moffat, a women’s health coach at The Well HQ who specialises in pelvic-floor education.  “You’re not supposed to... Read more

Women’s rugby union health check for 2022: Which stars are waning, who is on the rise and what is the looming crisis?

Which stars are on the wane? New Zealand, who have won the World Cup a record five times and have enjoyed an illustrious history in the women’s game, face their greatest test yet if they are to defend their title... Read more

The 30 best players in the Premier 15s in 2021 – ranked

7. Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins / England) There are few better looseheads in the game than Vickii Cornborough. A standout player in Harlequins’ maiden Premier 15s title win in the 2020-21 season, her industriousness around the breakdown and destructive ball-carrying ability... Read more

Harlequins’ Shaunagh Brown: ‘Covid rules affected my rugby – I’m learning how to scrum again’

There are few better examples of how women’s sport is still adjusting to post-pandemic life than Shaunagh Brown. This time last year, the Harlequins prop was one of many in the Premier 15s playing under adapted law variations designed to... Read more

Player union launches in women’s rugby for first time

An independent players’ union to promote and protect the interests of players in the Premier 15s has been launched in a landmark development for women’s club rugby in England. The Women’s Rugby Association (WRA) will act as a collective voice... Read more