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...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Rugger Girls: Part 22. 2002-2004


22nd chapter of the summary of the history of women's rugby in France, from the book "Rugger Girls"("Des Filles en Ovalie"), written by Jacques B. Corti and Yaneth Pinilla Foreword by Serge Betsen. Published weekly(ish) by French women's rugby blog Des Filles en Ovalie.

In April 2002, French manager Daniel Dupouy, in an interview in Le Monde, had been critical of the support women's rugby received.  A few months later, in the same newspaper, he was again stating bluntly "the FFR should say clearly if it cares about girls and what it expected of Les Bleues."

Daniel Dupouy left the post soon afterwards. However, he completed 2002 with a Grand Slam in the first Six Nations, and a third place in the World Cup, after losing in the semi-final against the "Black Ferns" of New Zealand women, the future champions.

Philippe Laurent replaced Daniel Dupouy, and with BenoƮt Oszustowicz, continuing on lay the foundations for four seasons with the A squad.

The change was smooth and the first tangible sign was the another Grand Slam. On 27 March 2004, in the last game of the tournament, Les Bleues defeated England and won the Six Nation title, undefeated. The crowning game was held in Bresse, in front of 4,000 spectators. The legacy and know-how of Dabiel Dupouy was definitely not lost…


Extract from the book "Des Filles en Ovalie", Editions Atlantica (2005), Written by Jacques B. Corti / Yaneth Pinilla Foreword by Serge Betsen.

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