A new addition to Scrum Recap this week, we are going to start a weekly rundown of Women's Rugby News from around the globe as the game continues it's impressive trajectory towards being one of the top female sports worldwide. In a week that we've seen fantastic deals done behind closed doors around Women's Rugby broadcasting rights, we've also seen immense preparations get underway ahead of the Rugby 7's Olympic tournament later this year.
Women's Six Nations 2022 News
Sue Anstiss MBE stated on LinkedIn earlier this morning that the BBC have finalised plans to broadcast Women's Six Nations exclusively next season.
'Wonderful news that the Women’s Six Nations will be broadcast exclusively on the BBC next season, with unprecedented broadcast investment,' said Sue in a lengthy post running through what has been a great week for women's sport.
First of a kind: Women's Rugby in the Rainbow Nation
South African rugby history was made last weekend as the opening round of the Women's Premier Division took place, awakening a sleeping giant of Women's sport. All three of the weekend's matches were streamed on the official South African Rugby website; a first for Women's Rugby.
'Tell the world that South African women’s rugby is on TV,' Babalwa Latsha, South Africa's first professional female rugby player tweeted shortly before leading her team out.
Bath follow London Irish's Example
After hearing the outstanding news of London Irish setting up their own competitive female side to take part in the Allianz Premier 15s next season, Bath Rugby have now announced that they will partner with Bath Ladies Rugby to launch a professional women's team. This is likely in relation to the sheer success the female professional game has had despite a Covid-stricken season; sides like Wasps Ladies, Harlequins and Saracens have closed out a season that has seen more social media traction than any other before it.
Papua New Guinea’s Women on the Verge of Greatness
Papua New Guinea’s Women's Rugby side will arrive in Monaco in June with the ambition of setting a record for the country’s Olympic Games representation.
Since Papua New Guinea made its Olympic debut in the 70s, the small Pacific Island nation has managed to send teams to every Summer Games bar one, unluckily, without success. The closest that Papua New Guinea has got to participating in such as event came in the men's 4x400m relay in Barcelona 1992; this would be a first for the country in team-focused sport.
Papua New Guinea's preparations, however, had been impacted severely by COVID-19 restrictions recently, with their head coach Paul Tietjens forced into spending the pandemic at home in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty.
Read the full article here: https://www.women.rugby/news/639587/papua-new-guinea-olympic-repechage