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What to watch in women’s rugby: Quad Series to showcase rising stars

By Martyn Thomas
Wales' Jess Rogers and England's Steph Else lead their sides out during the Six Nations Women's Summer Series between Wales and England at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in Parma, Italy, Tuesday, July 9th, 2024 (Photo by Ben Brady / Inpho)

RugbyPass TV viewers will have an opportunity to glimpse the next generation of women’s talent over the coming fortnight as the Transatlantic Quad Series takes place in Wales.

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The U20 competition follows hot on the heels of the Six Nations Women’s Summer Series in Parma and will feature pathway teams from Wales, England, Canada and USA.

It will get underway in Ystrad Mynach, Caerphilly on Sunday when Canada and USA compete for regional bragging rights at the Centre for Sporting Excellence.

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Although the Canadians have the upper hand in the rivalry at Test level, it was the young Americans who emerged victorious when the countries last met at U20 level.

USA ran in six tries at TD Place last July, overturning a 17-14 half-time deficit to ultimately secure a commanding 40-24 victory.

Fly-half Alissa Eisenhart converted five of those scores to finish the match with 10 points and she has again been named as part of the USA squad to travel to Wales.

USA coach Joel Nonnaud said: “This tour is critical to our athletes’ development in the pathway, as it teaches them to form an efficient team quickly and compete against opponents who will challenge them tactically, technically, physically and mentally for 80 minutes non-stop.”

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Following Sunday’s opening match, USA will play Wales and Canada will take on England at Cardiff Arms Park on Friday, July 19th.

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The fixtures will then be reversed as England face USA and the hosts play Canada at the same venue five days later.

“We are greatly looking forward to working with this group of players as they continue their development along the high-performance pathway,” Canada coach Dean Murten said.

“Last summer the U20 women’s programme officially relaunched with two valuable Test matches against the USA and Wales, and we are confident that our programming this summer will once again provide an elite training and competition experience and challenge our players as they continue their development both on and off the pitch.

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“These players have put in a great amount of work with their club and university teams and will now get to transfer their skills to an international setting.”

All the action from Ystrad Mynach and Cardiff Arms Park will be available to watch live and for free globally on RugbyPass TV.

Sunday, July 14th

17:30 BST (GMT+1) – USA v Canada, Ystrad Mynach – WATCH LIVE HERE

Friday, July 19th

17:30 BST – England v Canada, Cardiff Arms Park – WATCH LIVE HERE
20:00 BST – Wales v USA, Cardiff Arms Park – WATCH LIVE HERE

Wednesday, July 24th

17:30 BST – England v USA, Cardiff Arms Park – WATCH LIVE HERE
20:00 BST – Wales v Canada, Cardiff Arms Park – WATCH LIVE HERE

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Burrage joins former England sevens star Jodie Ounsley and Ashleigh Wilmot to discuss the journey she has taken from being a young gymnast to playing doubles with Andy Murray and THAT match at Wimbledon.

The 25-year-old turned her back on a place at university to follow her dream of becoming a professional tennis player and that is certainly a decision that has paid off.

Although she is currently sidelined with injury, Burrage won her maiden WTA title at the 2023 Transylvania Open and reached a career-high ranking of 84 in March.

You can find out more about her career and hopes for the future on RugbyPass TV.

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Wonton 2 hours ago
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One game against Fiji is not enough to show that a player is ready to play the likes of South Africa. Spreading the ball wide too much increases the risk of turnovers and we turned the ball over 20 times against Fiji which is a lot more than what we did in the two England tests. We actually turned the ball over the same amount of times (20) against England in the 2019 semi final which we lost. Fiji didn’t make us pay for those turnovers but other teams will. In the 2nd test against England this year we had 100% success rate on attacking rucks. That’s the first time the AB’s have achieved this since the 2019 opening game of the RWC against South Africa. South Africa won last years RWC and Jesse Kriel did not pass once. The days of the Conrad Smith type centre might be over. Also Conrad Smith debuted in 2004 but he did not become an incumbent until Nonu did also in 2008. As for Rieko Ioane he and Jordie Barrett put in some very strong midfield hits in the 2nd test forcing turnovers several times. Rieko Ioane hasn’t played wing in years. If Proctor is moved to 13 then the best I think Ioane can hope for is an impact player off the bench. He does not have the aerial game of Caleb Clarke or the workrate of Tele’a for 11 and going to be selected over Jordan at 14. However its much too early to replace Rieko with Proctor. Rieko was excellent in the knock out rounds of the RWC. All Proctor has to show on his test CV is a good game against Fiji.

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Nick 4 hours ago
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Its almost like you read my comment on the other site on sunday morning Nick - you flagged all the same examples! 😝 Frost was motm for mine. That eg in the 56th minute in particular impressed me, nothing but sheer effort and a dupont/smith-like tracking line behind the D. Surely an effort like that from frost marries perfectly with that quote from schmidt at the start of the year about effort and work rate being 70-80% and talent is just the icing on top… What it also showed though was the players not making that effort, in that example he goes past both valetini and ikitau, and in the eg that finished with valetini scoring hunter paisami barely breaks a canter to support the break. And then there was the chase from wright and lancaster for the 2nd georgian try! One blemish - at kickoff I saw frost miss or get bumped off a few tackles and I felt like I saw what has been holding his selection back. I think because he is so big and is trying to get low to tackle, he seems to dip his head and ends up losing his balance or ability to adjust and ends up missing or making a soft hit. I think in the first 2 minutes he misses or makes 2-3 soft tackles, but you could clearly see the work rate and desire! He (the pod) also missed a kick restart or two? Also very happy to see harry wilson back in the fold. What impressed me from him wasn’t all the usual stuff he is known for, but all the other bits that usually let him down. He looked surprisingly good in the air at lineout time, physical at the breakdown, and good in the maul peeling off 3 georgians for one of the maul tries. Id have frost, skelton, wright as my 4-6 with LSL and wilson on the bench. i’m once again unconvinced by tom wirght - he was very good game 1, but game 2-3 he was back to more rocks than diamonds. There is no real other player to usurp him really so he stays in the team for now but I think Joe should put kellaway wherever he serves the team best and wright can be moved around him. Did donno do enough to overtake noah? My gut says no. They clearly had a plan to attack more so he looked better in that regard because he just had more opportunity, but they looked better off tate (who had a v good game also) then they did off donno.

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