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18/08/2017, Ireland, Rugby, Womens Rugby World Cup 2017, Article # 23807238


AUGUST 18, 2017

Note to editors: Images from the match can be downloaded here. Photo credit World Rugby.
The Wallaroos have secured their first win of the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup, running in five tries to secure a 29-15 win over Japan in their third and final pool game at University College Dublin's Billings Park.
Samantha Treherne secured a personal tally of 14-points, crossing for a double and slotting two conversions, while Grace Hamilton, Mahalia Murphy and Nareta Marsters also crossed for tries.
Australia dominated possession in the opening exchanges of the first-half, and were eventually rewarded for their patience with a try through Treherne in the 17th minute. Sarah Riordan missed the conversion, leaving the score at 5-nil.
Marsters nearly scored a 50-metre run-away try soon after, but the ball was knocked on in contact over the line.
Hamilton scored Australia’s second in the 31st minute, Treherne slotted the conversion to give the Wallaroos a 12-nil lead.
Australian Sevens star Mahalia Murphy was next to score, channelling her Sevens experience to streak away over 80-metres to score under the posts. Treherne made no made mistakes with the conversion, extending Australia’s lead to 19-nil.
Japan crossed for their first try on the stroke of half-time through prop Saki Minami. The conversion attempt from Mayu Shimizu was unsuccessful, leaving the score at 19-5 as the two teams headed into the sheds.
Australia went through phase-after-phase of attack in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, but Japan were the first to score in the second stanza through inside centre Riho Kurogi, narrowing the margin to 19-10.
Japan crossed for their third try in the 58th minute through Number 8 Mahi Takano, narrowing the Wallaroos’ lead to just 19-15.
Marsters crossed the line in the 66th minute to create some distance between Australia and Japan on the scoreboard, but Treherne had the final say of the match, scoring her second in the 72ndminute to secure the 29-15 win for the Wallaroos.
Head coach Paul Verrell said: “It’s pleasing for the team to secure a win after two very tough losses to Ireland and France.
“The team put in a lot of work on-and-off the field this week to ensure they were across the game plan and the style of Rugby we wanted to play against Japan and they executed that well.
“We can’t make the semi-finals with one pool win, but we still have a lot to play for. We’ll head to Belfast with the goal of finishing as highly ranked as we possibly can to ensure we can compete at the next World Cup.
“We also want to continue to build as a team and create a Wallaroos program that girls back home want to be a part of. Participation in Rugby for females is on the rise off the back of the Sevens success in Rio, we need to ensure the 15s game is just as healthy to provide opportunities for the next generation.”
Australia’s next match will take place on Tuesday, August 22, where they will contest the fifth-place semi-finals. The side will face Ireland for the second time this tournament, kick-off at 2:00pm (11:00pm AEST) at King’s Stadium.
17MIN: TRY Samantha Treherne, MISSED CONV Sarah Riordan, AUS 5-0 JAP
31MIN: TRY Grace Hamilton, CONV Samantha Treherne, AUS 12-0 JAP
37MIN: TRY Mahalia Murphy, CONV Samantha Treherne, AUS 19-0 JAP
46MIN: TRY Saki Minami, MISSED CONV Mayu Shimizu, AUS 19-5 JAP
52MIN: TRY Riho Kurogi, MISSED CONV Mayu Shimizu, AUS 19-10 JAP
58MIN: TRY Mahi Takano, MISSED CONV Mayu Shimizu, AUS 19-15 JAP
66MIN: TRY Nareta Marsters, MISSED CONV Samantha Treherne, AUS 24-15 JAP
72MIN: TRY Samantha Treherne, MISSED CONV Samantha Treherne, AUS 29-15 JAP
 Black Ferns milestones set for WRWC match against Canada

Black Ferns milestones set for WRWC match against Canada

16/08/2017, Ireland, Rugby, Womens Rugby World Cup 2017, Article # 23786281
16 August 2017
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• Fiao’o Faamausili first Black Fern to reach 50 Tests
• Team named to play Canada in final pool match

Captain Fiao’o Faamausili will become the most-capped Black Fern ever when she leads her side in their third and final pool match of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland on Thursday afternoon local time. 

Black Ferns Head Coach Glenn Moore has named his team for the match against Canada today. 

Among the squad are Faamausili set to reach a record 50 caps, Kendra Cocksedge set to reach 40 caps and Eloise Blackwell 30 caps.

The team is (number of caps in brackets):

1. Toka Natua 13
2. Fiao'o Faamausili - captain 49
3. Aldora Itunu 12
4. Eloise Blackwell 29
5. Charmaine Smith 13
6. Charmaine McMenamin 11
7. Sarah Goss   7
8. Aroha Savage 25
9. Kendra Cocksedge 39
10. Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali 16
11. Renee Wickliffe 27
12. Kelly Brazier 34
13. Stacey Waaka   8
14. Portia Woodman 13
15. Selica Winiata 28
16. Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate 17
17. Sosoli Talawadua   5
18. Aotearoa Mata'u   7
19. Rebecca Wood   4
20. Linda Itunu 33
21. Kristina Sue   8
22. Theresa Fitzpatrick   4  
23. Carla Hohepa 16

Moore said it would be a crucial match for the Black Ferns with places in the semifinals on the line. 

“Whoever wins this game, probably wins the pool. We need to win it and ultimately, we’d like to win it with a bonus point.”

He said he’d been happy with their 121 - nil win over Hong Kong which saw 19 tries scored – eight by winger Portia Woodman. 

“The Hong Kong match was critical for us to score a good tally of points and have none scored against us. It will stand us in good stead if points differentials need to be calculated.

“Everyone is very buoyant and excited. This will be a very memorable day for Fiao’o, reaching a 50th cap while at a World Cup is extremely special.”

Moore said that true to Faamausili’s character, she was determined to focus on the task at hand, rather than her individual achievement.

“It’s a real testament to Fiao’o’s leadership. As captain she puts the team before everything. It will be a very proud day for the entire Black Ferns family and for rugby.”

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A first for the Black Ferns

Police Detective Fiao’o Faamausili was first selected for the Black Ferns in 2002 and has been named consistently (aside from 2004 when she was living in Australia) since. 

Regarded as the one of the most formidable hookers in women’s world rugby, she is playing in her fifth Women’s Rugby World Cup tournament.  She has captained the Black Ferns since 2012.

New Zealand Rugby Chair Brent Impey has congratulated Faamausili on achieving the 50-Test milestone.

“Fiao’o has made an enormous contribution not only to the Black Ferns but also to the wider rugby community. She has played almost 100 matches for her beloved Auckland Storm and by nature is a fantastic role model for young players in her community.”

Impey said he had recently been in camp with the Black Ferns during their World Cup campaign in Ireland where he had experienced first-hand Faamausili’s leadership and witnessed her on-field skills.

“There is no team that works harder than the Black Ferns and Fiao’o drives that level of dedication and professionalism. She leads by example, and as a result the women around her lift their own performances. 

“On the field she is fearless, and is constantly striving to further extend her level of play. I wish her and her team all the best for the remainder of the Women’s Rugby World Cup and look forward to seeing Fiao’o in action.

“New Zealand Rugby will be recognising her achievement in the appropriate way later in the year,” he said.

Earlier today New Zealand Rugby announced a new annual award - the Fiao’o Fa’amausili Medal for the player of the year in the Farah Palmer Cup. 

Find out more about Fiao’o Faamausili here

2017 Women's Rugby World Cup, pool stages in Dublin (NZT)

Thursday, 10 August 
RESULT: Black Ferns 44-12 Wales

Sunday, 13 August 11pm
RESULT: Black Ferns 121-0 Hong Kong

Thursday, 17 August 11pm
Black Ferns v Canada

The 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup will be broadcast on SKY TV. All Black Ferns matches will be screened live on SKY SPORT 1.

Media Guide
A Black Ferns media guide can be found here



16/08/2017, Ireland, Rugby, Womens Rugby World Cup 2017, Article # 23786109


AUGUST 16, 2017

Wallaroos head coach Paul Verrell has made four changes to his starting XV ahead of his side’s final pool match of the 2017 Rugby World Cup against Japan this Thursday, 17 August (2:00am AEST Friday 18 August).
Captain and openside flanker Shannon Parry has been ruled out of the match through injury, in her place lock Alisha Hewett will earn her first start of the tournament, with Chloe Butler moving to the flank. Fellow Olympic Gold Medalist Sharni Williams will take over the captaincy duties.
In the backline, after earning her first World Cup start in the centres against France, Australian Defence Force playmaker Sarah Riordan will earn her first opportunity at flyhalf, with Sydney centre Kayla Sauavo returning to the starting side at inside centre.
In the reserves, Violeta Tupuola returns as prop cover, while 27-year old Jindabyne mechanic Kate Brown is in line for her Wallaroos debut.
Experienced fullback/flyhalf Ashleigh Hewson also remains unavailable for selection through injury.
Head coach Paul Verrell said: “Last Sunday’s loss to France was a tough one for our team, but the group still have a lot to play for and we’ve named a side that we believe can get the job done against Japan.
“Japan were impressive against the Irish in their last match and we must be mentally and physically ready for them as we head into our final pool game.
“We’ve unfortunately had to make a number of changes to the squad through injury and it’s disappointing to lose some of our more experienced players.
“Shannon has led this side admirably on-and-off the field and it’s a shame to have such an influential member of our squad unavailable.
“After being ruled out between the Irish and French matches, Ashleigh Hewson is also yet to fully recover from injury, but our strength and conditioning and medical staff are continuing to work closely with her with the hope she’ll be available for our matches in Belfast.”
The Wallaroos will face Japan on Thursday 17 August, kick-off at 5:00pm local time (2:00am AEST on Friday 18 August). The match will be broadcast live via FOX SPORTS.
Wallaroos side to face Japan: 
1.         Liz Patu – Queensland, Wests
2.         Cheyenne Campbell – Queensland, Redlands
3.         Hilisha Samoa – Queensland, Brothers
4.         Alisha Hewett – Australian Defence Force (ADRFU), Queensland, GPS
5.         Millie Boyle – ACT, Canberra Royals
6.         Mollie Gray – Australian Defence Force (ADRFU), NSW, Maitland
7.         Chloe Butler – South Australia, Parramatta
8.         Grace Hamilton – Sydney, Sydney University
9.         Katrina Barker – NSW Country, Newcastle University
10.       Sarah Riordan – Australian Defence Force (ADRFU), Victoria, Melbourne
11.       Mahalia Murphy – Australian Sevens, NSW, Campbell Town
12.       Kayla Sauvao – Sydney, Parramatta
13.       Sharni Williams – Australian Sevens, ACT, Canberra Royals
14.       Nareta Marsters – Queensland, Sunnybank
15.       Samantha Treherne – Queensland, Sunnybank
16.       Emily Robinson – Sydney, Warringah
17.       Violeta Tupuola – ACT, Royals
18.       Hana Ngaha – Queensland, Sunnybank
19.       Rebecca Clough – Western Australia, Cottesloe
20.       Kate Brown* – ACT, Tuggeranong Vikings
21.       Fenella Hake – Queensland, Redlands
22.       Ashleigh Timoko – Western Australia, Wanneroo
23.       Trilleen Pomare – Western Australia, Wanneroo
*denotes potential debut
All the latest from #WRC2017

All the latest from #WRC2017

16/08/2017, Ireland, Rugby, Womens Rugby World Cup 2017, Article # 23786072
All the latest from #WRC2017
Don't miss any matches from #WRWC2017. Follow World Rugby to catch them all live!
The Women's Rugby World Cup is well underway, with two exciting match days wrapped up, day three of pool matches is looking to be packed full of action.

The games haven't stopped us from putting out even more fantastic rugby content though, including an exclusive look at the connection between Welsh women's team Coach & Captain, and one of the largest hakas ever in memory of the late Sir John Graham.  

But that's not all, we also invite you to learn more about American rugby star Alev Ketler, as she tells us about her journey leading up to the Women's World Cup in Ireland.
Alev Kelter: America's Super Athlete
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Canada crowned FIBA Women's AmeriCup 2017 champion

Canada crowned FIBA Women's AmeriCup 2017 champion

14/08/2017, International, Basketball, FIBA, Article # 23752045

Canada crowned FIBA Women's AmeriCup 2017 champion


AUGUST 13 2017

BUENOS AIRES (FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2017) – Canada revalidated as FIBA Women’s AmeriCup Champion with a 67-65 win over Argentina. Nirra Fields was named the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2017 Most Valuable Player. 

For the first time in the continental competition, Canada had a slow start and Argentina took full advantage, with great additions from Melisa Gretter, who had 15-points in the first half. With a suffocating defense, the Argentines carried a 7-point lead into half-time. Canada looked better on both sides of the court for the start of the second half, as it took over the lead for the first time with a 29-13 third quarter. Argentina closed the gap to one point, and the crowd took over the game. Canada held-on to the difference like a true-veteran and celebrated the win. Canada dominated the battle for the boards 52-39 and Kia Nurse led the scoring for the back-to-back champions with 12 points. 

Nirra Fields was named MVP of the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup after averaging 14.5 points in the tournament.
The All-Star Five of the tournament were Melisa Gretter (ARG), Nirra Fields (CAN), Allison Gibson (PUR), Paola Ferrari (PAR) and Miranda Ayim (CAN). 
Puerto Rico captured the Bronze Medal of the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2017 and secured a historic first trip to the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018, with a 75-68 win over Brazil. Led offensively by 19 points from Allison Gibson, the Puerto Ricans came from behind and took the top of the scoreboard during the second half. Brazil fought hard, but the Boricuas secured the momentous win from the free-throw line.

FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2017 Final Positions:
1. Canada*
2. Argentina*
3. Puerto Rico*
4. Brazil
5. Virgin Islands
6. Paraguay
7. Colombia
8. Cuba
9. Venezuela
10. Mexico
*qualified to the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018. 

Black Ferns v Hong Kong - video and audio content for media use

Black Ferns v Hong Kong - video and audio content for media use

14/08/2017, Ireland, Rugby, Womens Rugby World Cup 2017, Article # 23751708
13 August 2017
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Video of post-match interviews - Head Coach Glenn Moore and Portia Woodman

Audio of post match interview - Head Coach Glenn Moore

Audio of post-match interview - Portia Woodman 
Belgium crowned U18 Women's European champions

Belgium crowned U18 Women's European champions

14/08/2017, International, Basketball, FIBA, Article # 23751695

Belgium crowned U18 Women's European champions

AUGUST 14, 2017

SOPRON, Hungary (FIBA U18 Women's European Championship 2017) - Belgium are the FIBA U18 Women's European Championship 2017 champions, defeating Serbia 55-53 in Sunday's Final in Sopron, Hungary.

Led by tournament MVP Billie Massey, Belgium used a 22-3 second quarter to build a commanding lead, only for Serbia to charge back from 19 points down, to be leading going into the final minute. However, Seraphine Bastin showed a cool head from the line, converting 3-of-4 free throws inside the last 40 seconds to seal the game.

Serbia had a chance to win on the buzzer, but Nevana Dimitrijevic's shot over two defenders was off the mark.

It is the first time Belgium have won a women's youth medal since 2011, with the title on that occasion also coming at U18 level. The medal marks a continuation of a remarkable summer for Belgium basketball, following on from the bronze they won at FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017.

They were joined on the podium by France, who earlier in the day defeated Czech Republic 55-48 in the bronze medal game. The win for the French came less than 24 hours after the nation's U16 women's team claimed gold on home soil at the FIBA U16 Women's European Championship.

Joining Massey in the All-Star Five was Ivana Katanic from runners-up Serbia. The third-placed French were represented by Kadiatou Sissoko; whilst there was some consolation for the Czechs with Veronika Vorackova, who earlier this summer played at FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017, also making the All-Star Five. Rounding out the team was Sweden's Klara Lundquist, who took her team from Division B one year ago to the Quarter-Finals this year, averaging a tournament-best 23.1 points a game.

On Sunday, there was also joy and relief for Latvia, who held off Lithuania 81-72 in the Baltic derby to preserve their Division A status for 2018. Lithuania will drop to Division B, along with Turkey and Greece, who already learned their fate on Saturday.

They will be replaced by Division B champions Germany; runners-up Ireland who will play in Division A for the the first time in the nation's history; and Poland, who defeated Great Britain in Sunday's Third-Place Game to secure the final ticket available.

Germany's victory also marked a wonderful moment for the Sabally family. After older sister Satou was earlier in the summer named FIBA U20 Women's European Championship 2017, Division B MVP, Nyara repeated the feat at the U18, Division B tournament. The full Division B All-Star Five can be found here.




14/08/2017, Ireland, Rugby, Womens Rugby World Cup 2017, Article # 23751637


AUGUST 14, 2017

The Wallaroos have lost their second pool game of the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland, falling 0-48 to France at the University College Dublin Bowl on Monday morning. 
The Australian’s were outscored eight tries to none, with French wingers Shannon Izar (3) and Chloe Pelle (2) crossing for five tries between them.
Wallaroos Head Coach Paul Verrell said: “Tonight we were outplayed by a better side. They were well drilled and started the match at a high intensity and we weren’t able to match them.
“To record a result like that after the promising performance we put in against the Irish is disappointing, but we must now turn our attention to our final pool game against Japan, which will be an important match for us.
“We’ll continue to recover and prepare well over the next four days ahead of the final pool game and our move to Belfast for the play-offs.”  
Australia will play Japan in their final Pool match on Friday 18 August at 2.00am AEST kick off, where they will look to secure a position in the Fifth Placed Finals heading into the next round of the competition.
Izar made her mark on the game early, crossing for her first of three in the sixth minute off a cross-field kick. French flyhalf Caroline Drouin missed the conversion, leaving the score at 5-nil.
Izar crossed for a further two tries before the 25-minute mark, claiming her hat-trick. Drouin slotted her third conversion attempt giving the French a 17-nil lead.
French lock Audrey Forlani managed to work through a tackle to cross for France’s fourth try of the match. Drouin converted to extend the lead to 24-nil.
Pelle crossed for her first try in the 39th minute, leaving the half-time score at 29-nil. Pelle crossed for her second to open the second half in the 45th minute, extending France’s lead to 34-nil.
The Wallaroos held onto possession for a short period during the second half, but their efforts where quelled in the 61st minute when openside flanker and ‘Player of the match’ Romane Menager sprinted over 20 metres to score France’s seventh try of the match.
Scrumhalf Katrina Barker was sent to the sin-bin in the 64th minute, reducing Australia to 14, and France made the most of their advantage crossing for their eighth and final try through reserve hooker Gaelle Mignot. Audrey Ababie slotted the conversion extending France’s lead to 48-nil.
Despite a yellow card to Mignot in the dying stages, the French held onto their sizeable lead for the remainder of the match, claiming their second win of the tournament.
The loss means that Australia’s hopes of a top-four finish are lost, with only one pool match remaining on Thursday where the Wallaroos will take on Japan at Billings Park.

Australia will continue to fight for the best possible ranking with the matches to follow.  

6min: Shannon Izar try, Caroline Droulin missed conv, AUS 0-5 FRA
14min: Shannon Izar try, Caroline Droulin missed conv, AUS 0-10 FRA
25min: Shannon Izar try, Caroline Droulin conv, AUS 0-17 FRA
32min: Audrey Forlani try, Montserrat Amedee conv, AUS 0-24 FRA
39min: Chloe Pelle try, Montserrat Amedee missed conv, AUS 0-29 FRA
45min: Chloe Pelle try, Montserrat Amedee missed conv, AUS 0-34 FRA
61min: Romane Menager try, Audrey Abadie conv, AUS 0-41 FRA
64min: Katrina Barker yellow card
65min: Gaelle Mignot try, Audrey Abadie conv, AUS 0-48 FRA
79min: Gaelle Mignot yellow card

France 48 
(Shannon Izar 3, Audrey Forlani, Chloe Pelle 2, Romane Menager, Gaelle Mignot tries; Caroline Droulin, Montserrat Amedee, Audrey Abadie 2 cons) defeated Australia 0 
Hosts France crowned U16 Women's European champions to end 10-year title drought

Hosts France crowned U16 Women's European champions to end 10-year title drought

13/08/2017, International, Basketball, FIBA, Article # 23732852

Hosts France crowned U16 Women's European champions to end 10-year title drought

AUGUST 12, 2017

BOURGES, France (FIBA U16 Women's European Championship 2017) - Tournament hosts France were crowned FIBA U16 Women's European champions after defeating Hungary 63-55 in Saturday's Final in Bourges.

With the win, the French ended a decade-long drought as their last title in the competition dated back to 2007. For Hungary, the second-place finish matches their best-ever result, previously achieved in the event's inaugural edition in 1976.

The Hungarians led 22-10 midway through the second quarter but France fought back and, spurred on by the partisan fans in Le Prado, went on a 16-2 run to head into the locker room up 26-24 at halftime. It shifted the game's momentum in their favor for good as they stretched their lead into double digits over the course of the third quarter before staving off a late rally by Hungary in the final frame.

Zoe Wadoux and Iliana Rupert led the way for France, with the former scoring a game-high 22 points, while Rupert had a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Reka Dombai had 16 points in Hungary's losing cause.

Rupert was rewarded for her fine performances throughout the tournament, landing the MVP accolade to complement her winner's gold medal. She was joined in the All-Star Five by teammate Wadoux, Hungary's Dombai, with Italy's Ilaria Panzera and Emily Bessoir of Germany rounding out the prestigious lineup.

Earlier, Italy overcame Latvia to deny them a first-ever medal in the competition and secured the last step on the podium for themselves thanks to a hard-fought 48-42 win in the 3rd Place Game. It is the second time in three years that Italy have taken bronze.

Spain snapped up the last remaining ticket for the FIBA U17 Women's Basketball World Cup 2018 by outlasting Germany 54-49. They joined France, Hungary, Italy and Latvia in securing places in the fifth edition of the global event that will take place in Minsk, Belarus from July 21-29 of next year.

At the other end of the spectrum, Netherlands beat Lithuania 67-59 to finish in 13th place and maintain their Division A status for 2018. Lithuania, as hosts of next year's edition of the Championship, got a special dispension to remain in the top tier despite finishing 14th. As a result, Belarus and Romania were the two teams demoted to Division B.

Their replacements in Division A for 2018 will be the top two teams at the FIBA U16 Women's European Championship 2017 Division B taking place in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (MKD) from August 17-26.