Formed 2004 ... Herts 7s U14 Runners-up 2005 ... North Herts U14 team, Herts Youth Games 2005 runners-up (coached by Letchworth)... Herts Superteams U14 Runners-up 2005 ... Herts SuperTeams "Fairplay" winners 2006 ... Rochford 10s U17 Champions 2006 ... East Midlands 10s U17 Runners-up 2007 ... East Midlands 10s U17 "Fairplay" winners 2007 ... National 10s U17 5th place and "Fairplay" winners 2007 ... Herts 7s U17 Plate runners-up 2007 ... National 7s U17 Plate winners 2007 ... RFU "President's XV" Award winners 2007 ... Herts Superteams winners 2007 ... Midlands 10s U18 Runners-up 2008 ... National 10s U18 4th place 2008 ... North Herts U11 team, Herts Youth Games 2008 runners-up (coached by Letchworth girls) ... London and SE 7s U18 Plate runners-up 2008 ... Herts 7s U18s runners-up 2008 ... National 7s U18s quarter-finalists 2008 ... Gloucester City 10s U18 Bowl runner-up (6th) 2009 ... Worthing 10s U18 Plate runner-up 2009 ... National 7s U18 Plate winners 2009... Worthing 10s U15 Plate winners 2010... Worthing 10s U18 Shield winners 2010... Herts 7s U15 and U18 Bowl runners-up 2010... National 7s U18 Plate runners-up 2010...

Friday, June 01, 2007

Women's rugby news site launches [Links corrected!]

Women's Rugby Review has exploded on the scene - I say "exploded" as the author "Total Flanker" (aka Barry French) has already written 23 articles on women's rugby worldwide since he started on 13th May, which isn't bad going. Certainly it will be interesting to see if he keeps it up.

Whether it can really claim to be "THE place for all your worldwide women's rugby news and views" is maybe too early to judge, though the site already includes stories from the UK, Europe, Africa, and North America. It is clearly the work of someone with some writing ability, not to mention a good deal of blog coding nous, and I would also suggest a fair amount of time on his hands as he is running a second, rather more eclectic (but nonetheless rather fun) site called Total Flanker.

This does reveal more about the guy, apparently a 42 year-old ex-back row forward formerly from London but now resident in or near to Chesham. That's Chesham from Bucks - the team Welwyn recently beat 108-0 in the 10s - not to be confused (and I frequently do) with Cheshunt, the town in Hertfordshire near Potters Bar who Ruby scored seven tries against in a single sevens game back in 2005 - a fact I often feel not unrelated to their folding soon afterwards.

Anyway there is no obvious explanation for his interest in the women's game (other than spotting a gap in the market maybe). He rather majors in the adult side of things - though we do get a brief mention in one article.

Still its a good start from young Barry but can he last the pace? Its a marathon this blog writing lark, not a sprint...

Incidentally the best and most comprehensive listing of women's and girls' rugby blogs is still to be found on Saturday's a Rugby Day - still the best blog on women's rugby to be found anywhere.

[Apologies for duff links when this was first posted - these have now been corrected!]


  1. Blimey John, you have been doing your homework - what are you in real life - a private detective?!

    Thanks nevertheless for the heads up on your site - I'm happy to feature Letchworth stories on the Women's Rugby Review as and when they crop up (feel free to draw them to my attention).


  2. I gotta say, I hope Total Flanker keeps going. I like his blog. And thanks for the blog love John!


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