Women's international rugby union

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Sue Day (England)
Valerie Griffeth (USA).

Women's international rugby union has a history going back to the late 19th century but it was not until 1982 that the first international fixture (or "test match") involving women's rugby union took place. The match was organised in connection with the Dutch Rugby Union's 50th anniversary. As part of the celebrations on June 13, 1982 the French national women's team played the Dutch, in Utrecht, Netherlands, with France winning 4–0[1] in a game that has since been recognised as the first ever women's international[2] rugby union match.

Official recognition of women's internationals was not immediate. Almost all women's rugby was originally organised outside of the control of either national unions or World Rugby (WR). Partly as a result no internationally agreed list of rugby internationals exists. However, even in the men's game, WR does not decide which matches are "full internationals" (or "test matches"), leaving such decisions up to participating unions.

As a result, one country may classify a match as a full international (and award full test caps) while the opposition may not - countries may even award caps for games against an opposition that is not a national team (World XVs, for example).[3]

International rugby initially grew slowly.[4] Sweden joined France and the Netherlands in 1984, followed by Italy in 1985, but it was not until 1987 that the first international took place outside Europe. However, since 2003 the game has expanded rapidly and now over 50 nations have played at least one "test match".

Over 1,000 internationals have now been played. Traditional centres of rugby New Zealand, England and France have been the most successful nations, but they have been joined by a number of "non-traditional" nations who have also been successful, such as the United States and Canada.

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Rankings[edit]

Unlike men's rugby, there was historically no official ranking of women's teams — prior to 2016, WR generally referred to the placings in the preceding World Cup. However, Rugby Europe compiles an annual ranking of European teams and rugby statistician Serge Piquet has produced a currently unofficial, but generally accepted, world ranking list. Another ranking list appears on The Roon Ba website [3].

On 1 February 2016, WR introduced its first official rankings of women's national teams, calculated in virtually the same manner as the existing rankings for men's national teams.[5]

International women's matches[edit]

Definition of an "international":

Individual unions compile their own international records. As a result, the list below will conflict with some of these "official" records (much in the same way as they will conflict with each other) as unions:

  • may not include some games in their official records because they fielded a below strength team in a tournament for full international XVs, or
  • may include games which are not listed below because they fielded a full strength team in a friendly against an unofficial or "A" team.

For consistency this list has used the following criteria when defining what is or is not an international:

  • Tournament games between national representative XVs from tournaments for full international teams, regardless of an individual union's selection policy;
  • "Friendly" fixtures which it appears were generally promoted prior to the game as being between full strength national XVs. In case of doubt the opinion of the home union - i.e. the promoter of the game - has carried the most weight.
  • Fixtures between official national selections and supra-national teams (such as "World XVs").

Full internationals and tournaments[edit]

Each match below is prefixed by a unique running number, has a three number suffix indicating how many games each team had played up to this point, and how many games had been played between the two sides. For example:

[74]
1993-12-19 Scotland  0-23  Wales Burnbrae, Glasgow [2/13/1]

indicates that this was not only the 74th women's international, it was the second played by Scotland, the 13th played by Wales, and the first between the two sides.

For a list of games involving advertised "A" teams and other games of doubtful international status, see the related article Women's international rugby union (non test matches).

1982[edit]

Tournaments

  • None

Other matches

[1 [6]]
1982-06-13 Netherlands  0–4  France Utrecht [1/1/1]

1983[edit]

Tournaments

  • None

Other matches

[2]
1983-06-05 France  10-0  Netherlands La Teste [2/2/2]

1984[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

None

Other matches[edit]

[3]
1984-05-27 Netherlands  0-3  France Hilversum [3/3/3]
[4]
1984-10-21 Sweden  0-34  Netherlands Malmö [1/4/1]

1985[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

None

Other matches[edit]

[5]
1985-06-02 France  20-0  Netherlands Bourg en Bresse [4/5/4]
[6]
1985-06-22 Italy  0-0  France Riccione [1/5/1]
[7]
1985-10-19 Netherlands  19-0  Sweden Nijmegen [6/2/2]

1986[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

None

Other matches[edit]

[8]
1986-04-19 Great Britain  8-14  France Richmond[7] [1/6/1]
[9]
1986-05-01 Netherlands  10-0  France Enschede [7/7/5]
[10]
1986-05-18 France  12-0  Italy Bardos [8/2/2]
[11]
1986-10-17 Netherlands  11-6  Sweden Castricum [8/3/3]
[12]
1986-12-31 Belgium  0-32  Sweden Brussels [1/4/1]

1987[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

None

Other matches[edit]

[13]
1987-04-05 Wales  4-22  England Pontypool Park [1/1/1[8]]
[14]
1987-05-02 France  28-6  Great Britain Chalon-sur-Saône [9/2/2]
[15]
1987-05-17 Italy  4-16  France Rome [3/10/3]
[16]
1987-05-31 France  22-3  Netherlands Chalon-sur-Saône [11/9/6]
[17]
1987-11-14 Canada  3-22  United States Victoria, British Columbia[9] [1/1/1]
[18]
1987-11-22 Great Britain  16-0  Netherlands Richmond [3/10/1]

1988[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[20-25] (1988-05-21 to 1988-05-23) European Cup at Bourg en Bresse, France

Other matches[edit]

[19]
1988-04-24 Wales  6-36  England Newport RFC [2/2/2]
[26]
1988-08-08 United States  26-10  Canada Saranac Lake [2/2/2]
[27]
1988-10-15 England  40-0  Sweden Waterloo [3/5/1]
[28]
1988-11-27 Belgium  0-66  France Brussels [2/15/1]
[29]
1988-11-27 Netherlands  3-0  Wales Utrecht [14/3/1]

1989[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

None

Other matches[edit]

[30]
1989-02-12 England  38-4  Wales Moseley RFC [4/4/3]
[31]
1989-03-04 Great Britain  13-0  France Rosslyn Park [7/16/4]
[32]
1989-04-20 Italy  26-14  Netherlands Rome [7/15/2]
[33]
1989-05-02 Spain  0-28  France Boe [1/17/1]
[34]
1989-09-03 Canada  3-28  United States Edmonton [3/3/3]
[35]
1989-10-14 Germany  0-8  Sweden Berlin [1/6/1]

1990[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[39-45] (1990-08-28 to 1990-09-01) RugbyFest 1990 at Christchurch, New Zealand

Other matches[edit]

[36]
1990-02-11 Wales  12-18  England Neath RFC [5/5/4[10]]
[37]
1990-03-18 Great Britain  32-0  Italy Moseley [8/8/2[11]]
[38]
1990-04-14 Netherlands  0-10  France ? [16/18/8]
[46]
1990-10-21 Netherlands  0-26  England Utrecht [20/6/1]

1991[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[48-69] (1991-04-04 to 1991-04-14) World Cup at Cardiff

Other matches[edit]

[47]
1991-03-24 England  24-13  Wales Waterloo [7/6/5]
[70]
1991-11-09 Sweden  20-6  Germany Trelleborg [10/2/2]

1992[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

None

Other matches[edit]

[71]
1992-02-09 Wales  10-14  England National Stadium Cardiff [10/12/6]
[72]
1992-06-13 France  14-10  Spain Bon Encontre [22/7/2]
[73]
1992-09-13 United States  13-12  Canada Blaine, Minnesota [11/9/4]
[74]
1992-10-17 Germany  0-39  Netherlands Hanover [3/25/1]
[75]
1992-11-15 France  24-0  Netherlands Fécamp [23/26/9]

1993[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[80-85] (1993-06-08 to 1993-06-12) Canada Cup at Fletcher's Fields, Toronto

Other matches[edit]

[76]
1993-02-14 Scotland  10-0  Ireland Raeburn Place, Edinburgh[12] [1/1/1]
[77]
1993-03-13 Italy  8-5  Netherlands Stadio Comunale, Rho [13/27/3]
[78]
1993-03-14 England  23-5  Wales Northampton RFC [13/11/7]
[79]
1993-04-04 Italy  0-24  France Rovigo [14/24/5]
[86]
1993-10-10 Netherlands  53-0  Germany Delft [28/4/2]
[87]
1993-10-31 Germany  11-10  Kazakhstan Hanover [5/1/1]
[88]
1993-12-19 Scotland  0-23  Wales Burnbrae, Glasgow [2/15/1]

1994[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[92-117] (1994-04-11 to 1994-04-24) World Cup at Edinburgh, Scotland

Other matches[edit]

[89]
1994-02-13 Ireland  0-5  Scotland Ravenhill, Belfast [2/3/2]
[90]
1994-02-13 Wales  10-11  England Bridgend [16/17/9]
[91]
1994-02-18 England  32-8  France Wolverhampton [18/25/2]
[118]
1994-04-24 Scotland  60-0  Sweden Meggetland [9/15/1]
[119]
1994-05-16 Spain  0-3  Italy Madrid [8/15/2]
[120]
1994-09-02 Australia  0-37  New Zealand Sydney [1/8/1]
[121]
1994-11-19 Germany  12-0  Sweden Hamburg [6/16/3]
[122]
1994-11-28 Germany  3-15  Kazakhstan Hanover [7/7/2]
[123]
1994-12-18 Wales  0-5  Scotland The Brewery Field, Bridgend [21/10/3]
[124]
1994-12-18 England  30-5  Netherlands Wasps RFC [24/25/2]

1995[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[129-132] (1995-04-12 to 1995-04-16) FIRA European Championship at Treviso, Italy

Other matches[edit]

[125]
1995-02-12 England  25-0  Wales Sale RFC [24/22/10]
[126]
1995-02-18 Scotland  20-3  Ireland Myreside, Edinburgh [11/7/4]
[127]
1995-03-05 Ireland  10-39  France Dublin [8/30/2]
[128]
1995-03-19[13] Wales  25-0  Ireland Cardiff [23/8/1]
[133]
1995-04-30 Scotland  10-12  Italy Meggetland, Edinburgh [12/15/1]
[134]
1995-05-14 Germany [14] 50-0  Portugal Heidelberg [8/1/1]
[135]
1995-07-22 New Zealand  64-0  Australia Auckland [9/2/2]
[136]
1995-09-23 Netherlands  5-3  Scotland Amsterdam [31/13/1]

1996[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[137-138, 140-143] (1996-01-21 to 1996-03-03) Women's Home Nations Championship at Various

[144-150] (1996-04-08 to 1996-04-14) FIRA European Championship at Madrid, Spain

[153-158] (1996-09-08 to 1996-09-14) Canada Cup at Edmonton, Canada

Other matches[edit]

[139]
1996-02-18 France  6-15  England Villand Bonnot [33/27/4]
[151]
1996-08-24 Germany  3-53  Kazakhstan Hanover [12/8/3]
[152]
1996-08-31 Australia  5-28  New Zealand Sydney [3/10/3]
[159]
1996-11-30 Scotland  27-3  Netherlands Meggetland [17/35/2]

1997[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[161-164,166-167] (1997-01-12 to 1997-03-09) Women's Home Nations Championship at Various

[168-179] (1997-04-02 to 1997-04-06) FIRA European Championship at Nice, France

Other matches[edit]

[160]
1997-01-05 England  17-15  Spain Leeds [30/13/2]
[164]
1997-02-23 England  15-17  France Northampton [33/39/5]
[180]
1997-07-06 Canada  12-21  United States Ajax, Ontario [21/23/7]
[185]
1997-08-02 Australia  24-28  United States Brisbane [4/24/1]
[186]
1997-08-05 Sweden  0-42  Scotland Stockholm [18/24/2]
[187]
1997-08-13 New Zealand  67-0  England Burnham [14/38/1]
[188]
1997-08-16 New Zealand  44-0  Australia Dunedin [15/5/4]
[189]
1997-08-31 Germany  0-84  England Hürth [16/39/1]
[190]
1997-10-26 Netherlands  31-7  Germany Amsterdam [34/17/5]
[191]
1997-11-09 Germany  6-32  Ireland Hamburg [18/18/2]
[181]
1997-??-?? Kazakhstan  5-7  Russia ? [9/5/2]
[182]
1997-??-?? Kazakhstan  0-15  Russia ? [10/6/3]
[183]
1997-??-?? Kazakhstan  12-35  Russia ? [11/7/4]
[184]
1997-??-?? Spain  17-12  Russia ? [17/8/1]

1998[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[193-199] (1998-02-15 to 1998-04-05) Women's Home Nations Championship at Various

[202-241] (1998-05-01 to 1998-05-16) World Cup at Amsterdam, Netherlands

Other matches[edit]

[192]
1998-02-01 France  5-13  England Villeneuve d'Ascq, Lille [43/40/7]
[192]
1998-02-21 Scotland  19-3  France Raeburn Place, Edinburgh [26/44/1]
[200]
1998-04-08 Japan  42-14  Hong Kong Kumagaya Rugby Stadium [9/1/1]
[201]
1998-04-12 Japan  39-0  Hong Kong Kumagaya Rugby Stadium [10/2/2]
[242]
1998-08-29 Australia  3-27  New Zealand Sydney [11/21/5]
[243]
1998-12-05 Spain  3-5  Scotland ? [23/34/2]

1999[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[244-254] (1999-03-05 to 1999-04-09) Women's Five Nations Championship at Various

[256-267] (1999-04-19 to 1999-04-24) FIRA European Championship at Belluno, Italy

[269-271] (1999-10-13 to 1999-10-19) Triangular '99 at Palmerston North, New Zealand

Other matches[edit]

[253]
1999-04-09 Germany  12-19  Netherlands Hanover [24/44/7]
[255]
1999-04-11 Germany  6-34  Kazakhstan Hanover [25/17/4]
[268]
1999-08-08 United States  16-11  Canada Saranac Lake, NY [30/27/9]

2000[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[270-280] (2000-02-04 to 2000-04-01) Women's Five Nations Championship at Various

[281-295] (2000-05-06 to 2000-05-14) FIRA European Championship at Almeria, Spain

[299-304] (2000-09-23 to 2000-09-30) Canada Cup at Winnipeg

[305] (2000-12-15 to 2000-12-15) Asian World Cup qualifier at Aberdeen Park, Hong Kong

Other matches[edit]

[269]
2000-01-09 Spain  10-42  England Barcelona [27/56/3]
[274]
2000-02-20 Netherlands  54-7  Belgium Amsterdam [44/3/1]
[296]
2000-06-06 United States  10-17  Canada New York [33/30/11]
[297]
2000-08-12 Germany  5-30  Sweden Hanover [29/23/5]
[298]
2000-09-01 Samoa  10-12  Japan Apia Park [1/11/1]

2001[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[307-316] (2001-02-03 to 2001-03-17) Women's Five Nations Championship at Various

[320-337] (2001-05-06 to 2001-05-12) FIRA European Championship at Lille

Other matches[edit]

[306]
2001-01-15 Wales  72-5  Netherlands Bridgend [52/52/2]
[309]
2001-02-09 Spain  42-0  Ireland Madrid [37/32/2]
[310]
2001-02-16 Ireland  0-53  France Dublin [35/65/5]
[319]
2001-04-08 Netherlands  105-0  Belgium Amsterdam [50/4/2]
[338]
2001-05-26 Australia  19-41  England T.G.Milner, Eastwood, Sydney [12/74/2]
[339]
2001-06-02 Australia  5-15  England Newcastle, NSW [13/75/3]
[340]
2001-06-09 New Zealand  15-10  England Rotorua [27/76/4]
[341]
2001-06-16 New Zealand  17-22  England North Harbour Stadium, Albany, North Shore City [28/77/5]
[342]
2001-07-07 Canada  23-3  United States Twin Elm Park, Ottawa [34/37/13]
[343]
2001-08-05 United States  22-21  Canada Saranac Lake, New York [38/35/14]
[344]
2001-10-18 Wales  7-21  Canada Glamorgan Wanderers [60/36/4]
[345]
2001-10-21 Wales  11-12  Canada Caerphilly [61/37/5]
[346]
2001-10-24 Netherlands  0-15  Ireland Amsterdam [53/39/3]
[347]
2001-10-28 Wales  13-13  Canada Ebbw Vale [62/38/6]
[348]
2001-11-11 Scotland  13-3  Sweden Edinburgh [56/27/3]
[349]
2001-11-18 Wales  17-20  United States Ebbw Vale [63/39/3]
[350]
2001-11-24 Scotland  22-3  United States Inverleith [57/40/2]

2002[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[351-369] (2002-02-02 to 2002-04-07) Women's Six Nations Championship at Various

[360-364] (2002-03-20 to 2002-03-23) FIRA ENC XV-a-side Tournament at Treviso, Italy

[370-401] (2002-05-11 to 2002-05-26) World Cup at Barcelona, Spain

Other matches[edit]

[402]
2002-11-24 Scotland  34-3  Sweden Murrayfield, Edinburgh[15] [67/30/4]

2003[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[403-417] (2003-02-15 to 2003-03-29) Women's Six Nations Championship at Various

[418-425] (2003-05-01 to 2003-05-11) FIRA European Championship at Malmö, Sweden & Amsterdam, Netherlands

[426-429] (2003-06-14 to 2003-06-28) Churchill Cup at Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver

[433-434] (2003-12-03 to 2003-12-04) NAWIRA Caribbean Women's 15-a-side Championship at Port of Spain

Other matches[edit]

[430]
2003-07-06 Sweden  5-49  Scotland Linköping [34/73/5]
[431]
2003-10-04 New Zealand  37-0 World XV Eden Park, Auckland [33/2/2]
[432]
2003-10-11 New Zealand  38-18 World XV Whangarei [34/3/3]

2004[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[435-449] (2004-02-14 to 2004-03-27) Women's Six Nations Championship at Various

[450-467] (2004-05-01 to 2004-05-08) FIRA European Championship at Toulouse, France

[471-475] (2004-06-08 to 2004-06-19) Churchill Cup at Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton

Other matches[edit]

[468]
2004-05-29 South Africa  5-8  Wales Adcock Stadium, Port Elizabeth [1/86/1]
[469]
2004-06-05 Austria  5-5  Czech Republic Hohe Warte, Vienna [1/1/1]
[470]
2004-06-05 South Africa  15-16  Wales Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria [2/87/2]
[476]
2004-06-19 Jamaica  15-3  Cayman Islands Montego Bay [3/1/1]
[477]
2004-11-06 Netherlands  15-7  Japan Amsterdam [65/17/2]
[478]
2004-11-14 England  45-5  Canada Richmond [105/49/10]
[479]
2004-11-14 Ireland  55-0  Japan Donnybrook, Dublin [62/18/3]
[480]
2004-11-17 England  41-3  Canada Newbury [106/50/11]
[481]
2004-11-27 Scotland  6-12  United States Murrayfield, Edinburgh [82/49/3]

2005[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[482-497] (2005-02-03 to 2005-03-19) Women's Six Nations Championship at Various

[498-510] (2005-04-07 to 2005-05-23) FIRA European Championship at Hamburg, Germany and Zenica, Bosnia

[511-514] (2005-06-03 to 2005-06-03) Asian World Cup Qualifiers at Bangkok, Thailand

[515-518] (2005-06-29 to 2005-07-05) Canada Cup at Ottawa

Other matches[edit]

[491]
2005-02-26 Rwanda  0-92  Uganda Kigali [1/1/1]
[502]
2005-04-30 Austria  5-5[16]  Czech Republic Hohe Warte, Vienna [2/2/2]
[503]
2005-04-30 Wales  9-24  South Africa Ebbw Vale RFC [93/3/3]
[504]
2005-05-14 England  101-0  South Africa Imber Court RFC [112/4/1]
[519]
2005-10-15 Samoa  0-53  England Ericsson Stadium, Auckland [6/113/1]
[520]
2005-10-22 New Zealand  24-15  England Eden Park, Auckland [41/114/8]
[521]
2005-10-22 Italy  11-14  Wales Treviso [46/94/5]
[522]
2005-10-26 New Zealand  33-8  England Waikato Stadium, Hamilton [42/115/9]
[523]
2005-11-11 France  13-5  Canada Nantes [100/54/4]
[524]
2005-11-11 France  29-0  Canada Nanterre [101/55/5]
[525]
2005-12-10 Uganda  81-0  Rwanda Kampala [2/2/2]

2006[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[528-542] (2006-02-04 to 2006-03-18) Women's Six Nations Championship at Various

[543-545] (2006-04-14 to 2006-04-18) Pacific tri-nations at Teufaiva Park, Nukuʻalofa, Tonga

[546-558] (2006-04-23 to 2006-04-30) FIRA ENC XV Championship at Treviso, Italy

[559, 565] (2006-06-09 to 2006-08-12) Elgon Cup at Kampala and Nairobi

[566-595] (2006-08-27 to 2006-09-18) World Cup at Edmonton, Canada

[596-598] (2006-09-28 to 2006-09-30) NAWIRA Caribbean Women's Championship at Kingston, Jamaica

[599-603] (2006-11-17 to 2006-11-19) ARFU Women's Rugby Championship at Kunming, China

Other matches[edit]

[526]
2006-01-21 Scotland  6-13  United States Netherdale, Gala [90/50/4]
[527]
2006-01-25 Ireland  5-23  United States Limerick [68/51/2]
[???]
2006-03-25 Belgium  15-7  Netherlands Brussels [??/??/?[17]]
[555]
2006-04-29 Ireland  15-8  Canada Galway [74/56/2]
[559]
2006-05-06 Wales  16-11  Canada Glamorgan Wanderers [100/57/7]
[561]
2006-06-10 United States  25-10  Canada Boulder, Colorado [52/58/17]
[562]
2006-06-13 United States  18-20  Canada Boulder, Colorado [53/59/18]
[563]
2006-06-17 South Africa  35-0  Netherlands Port Elizabeth [5/76/1]
[564]
2006-06-24 South Africa  42-12  Netherlands Durban [6/77/2]
[601]
2006-11-18 Wales  31-7  Italy Glamorgan Wanderers [101/54/6]
[604]
2006-12-03 Wales  24-0  Netherlands Llanrumney [101/78/2]

2007[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[605-619] (2007-02-03 to 2007-03-16) Women's Six Nations Championship at Various

[621-648] (2007-04-11 to 2007-05-05) FIRA European Championship at Belgium and Barcelona, Spain

[655-658] (2007-11-02 to 2007-11-04) ARFU Women's Rugby Championship at Kunming, China

Other matches[edit]

[620]
2007-04-01 Netherlands  62-5  Belgium Eindhoven [79/12/4]
[649]
2007-08-27 United States  5-18  Canada Blaine, Minnesota [59/65/19[18]]
[650]
2007-08-29 United States  7-45  Canada Blaine, Minnesota [60/66/20[18]]
[651]
2007-09-22 Zimbabwe  0-28  Zambia Harare [1/1/1[19]]
[652]
2007-10-16 New Zealand  21-10  Australia Cooks Gardens, Wanganui [48/23/7]
[653]
2007-10-20 New Zealand  29-12  Australia Wellington [49/24/8]
[654]
2007-10-28 Germany  37-0  Luxembourg Heidelberg [49/5/1]
[659]
2007-11-04 Scotland  3-45  Canada Glasgow [106/67/4]
[660]
2007-11-09 Wales  3-25  Canada Cardiff [112/68/8]
[661]
2007-12-01 Belgium  7-19  Netherlands Ghent [16/84/5]
[662]
2007-12-15 England  34-0  United States London Irish [135/61/7]

2008[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[663-677] (2008-02-13 to 2008-03-16) Women's Six Nations Championship at Various

[680-685] (2008-05-03 to 2008-05-10) NAWIRA Caribbean Women's Championship at Georgetown, Guyana

[687-709] (2008-05-17 to 2008-05-25) FIRA European Championship at Amsterdam

[706, 718] (2008-05-24 to 2008-08-16) Elgon Cup at Kampala and Nairobi

[710-716] (2008-06-03 to 2008-06-08) ARFU Women's Rugby Championship at Taldykorgan, Kazakhstan

[720-722] (2008-08-22 to 2008-08-26) Nations Cup at Esher, England

Other matches[edit]

[678]
2008-03-16 Germany  0-43  Netherlands Aachen [50/85/15]
[679]
2008-04-20 Netherlands  50-10  Germany Valkenswaard [86/51/16]
[686]
2008-05-10 Netherlands  10-0  Brazil Amsterdam [87/1/1]
[717]
2008-06-14 Jamaica  15-0  Cayman Islands Kingston, Jamaica [9/5/3]
[719]
2008-08-19 England  50-3  United States Esher [144/62/8]
[723]
2008-08-29 England  24-0  Canada Esher [147/71/14]
[724]
2008-10-14 Australia  3-37  New Zealand Viking Park, Canberra [25/50/9]
[725]
2008-10-18 Australia  16-22  New Zealand Viking Park, Canberra [26/51/10]
[726]
2008-11-02 Germany  12-5  Sweden Hanover [55/50/8]
[727]
2008-12-04 Singapore  10-10  Hong Kong St Andrew's School, Singapore [8/10/2]
[728]
2008-12-05 Singapore  0-5  Hong Kong Yio Chu Kang Stadium, Singapore [9/11/3]

2009[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[730-744] (2009-02-07 to 2009-03-21) Women's Six Nations Championship at Various

[747-758] (2009-05-17 to 2009-05-23) FIRA European Trophy (World Cup Qualifier) at Stockholm and Enköping

[759-764] (2009-06-21 to 2009-06-27) NAWIRA Caribbean Women's Championship at Bridgetown, Barbados

[771, 778] (2009-08-02 to 2009-08-29) Elgon Cup at Kampala and Nairobi

[766] (2009-08-08 to 2009-08-08) Oceania World Cup Qualifier at Samoa

[772-777] (2009-08-10 to 2009-08-24) Nations Cup at Oakville, Canada

[781-785] (2009-11-03 to 2009-11-05) Asia World Cup Qualifier at Singapore

Other matches[edit]

[729]
2009-01-10 Scotland  32-0  Sweden Meggetland [115/51/7]
[745]
2009-04-25 Sweden  0-24  Netherlands Norrköping [53/91/11]
[746]
2009-04-26 Sweden  3-7  Netherlands Norrköping [54/92/12]
[765]
2009-06-27 United States  17-25  Canada Infinity Park, Glendale, Colorado [65/72/22]
[779]
2009-10-03 Singapore  63-0  Malaysia Yio Chu Kang Stadium, Singapore [10/1/1]
[780]
2009-10-10 Hong Kong  22-17  Singapore So Kan Poh Stadium, Hong Kong [12/11/4]
[782]
2009-10-24 Norway  5-22  Finland Oslo [17/8/2]
[786]
2009-11-14 England  3-16  New Zealand Esher [157/52/11]
[787]
2009-11-18 France  5-14  Canada Dijon [139/77/8]
[788]
2009-11-21 England  10-3  New Zealand Twickenham [158/53/12]
[789]
2009-11-21 France  22–0  Canada Stade de France, Saint-Denis [140/78/9]
[790]
2009-11-28 Wales  56-7  Sweden St Helen's, Swansea [126/57/2]

2010[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[793-807] (2010-02-06 to 2010-03-20) Women's Six Nations Championship at Various

[810-821] (2019-05-08 to 2010-05-15) FIRA European Trophy at Alsace Lorraine

[828-829] (2010-07-03 to 2010-07-10) Elgon Cup at Kampala and Nairobi

[-] (2010-08-14 to 2010-08-20) NACRA Women's Championship at Nassau, Bahamas

[833] (2010-08-21 to 2010-08-21) Caribbean Women's Championship at Nassau, Bahamas

[835-865] (2010-08-20 to 2010-09-05) 2010 Women's Rugby World Cup at London

Other matches[edit]

[791]
2010-01-12 United States  8-18  Canada Lakeland, Florida [71/79/24]
[792]
2010-01-16 United States  11-10  Canada Lakeland, Florida [72/80/25]
[808]
2010-04-02 Netherlands  19-0  Sweden Leiden [96/59/13]
[809]
2010-04-04 Netherlands  20-7  Sweden Amsterdam [97/60/14]
[810]
2010-04-08 Kazakhstan  17-22  South Africa Al Ain, Dubai [44/16/2]
[811]
2010-04-10 Kazakhstan  0-38  South Africa Al Ain, Dubai [45/17/3]
[812]
2010-04-18 Netherlands  83-0  Germany Maastricht [98/58/17]
[814]
2010-05-08 Uganda  10-10  Kenya Kampala [9/7/7]
[826]
2010-05-22 Japan  17-0  Hong Kong Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo [27/15/5]
[814]
2010-05-22 Kenya  8-0  Uganda Nairobi [8/10/8]
[828]
2010-06-05 Scotland  8-27  South Africa Lasswade [129/18/1]
[829]
2010-06-12 Scotland  17-41  South Africa Lasswade [130/19/2]
[830]
2010-06-14 Canada  14-8  United States Shawnigan Lake School [81/72/26]
[831]
2010-06-18 Canada  34-22  United States Bear Mountain Stadium, Langford [82/73/27]
[832]
2010-08-19 Bahamas  0-65 Caribbean Community Caribbean Select XV Nassau, Bahamas [1/1/1]
[866]
2010-12-18 Malaysia  0-81  Hong Kong Royal Selangor Club, Kuala Lumpur [2/16/1]

2011[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[868-882] (2011-02-04 to 2011-03-20) Women's Six Nations Championship at Various

[884-889] (2011-04-30 to 2011-05-07) FIRA European Trophy at A Coruña, Spain

[892,899] (2011-07-09 to 2011-07-16) Elgon Cup at Nairobi and Kampala

[893-898] (2011-07-09 to 2011-07-16) NACRA Women's Championship at Cayman Islands

[900-908] (2011-08-02 to 2011-08-13) Nations Cup at Oakville, Canada

[912-917] (2011-11-24 to 2011-11-26) Asian Championship (II Division) at Chao Anou Vong stadium, Vientiane, Laos

Other matches[edit]

[867]
2011-01-03 Spain  28-13  Scotland Madrid [95/136/16]
[883]
2011-04-29 Hong Kong  0-15  Japan Hong Kong [17/28/6]
[890]
2011-05-14 Kazakhstan  58-3  Uzbekistan Kazakh National University [51/4/2]
[891]
2011-05-21 Hong Kong  53-8  Singapore Hong Kong [18/14/6]
[908]
2011-09-04 Belgium  7-15   Switzerland Kituro Rugby Club, Schaerbeek, Brussels[20] [27/1/1]
[909]
2011-10-29 France  37-0  Italy Stade des Arboras, Nice [156/91/12]
[910]
2011-11-05 France  16-15  England Stade Pierre-de-Coubertin, Châteaurenard [157/178/28]
[911]
2011-11-06 Netherlands  10-33  Scotland Amsterdam [104/142/5]
[918]
2011-11-26 England  10-0  New Zealand Twickenham, London [179/59/14]
[919]
2011-11-29 England  21-7  New Zealand Esher [180/60/15]
[920]
2011-12-03 England  8-8  New Zealand Esher [181/61/16]

2012[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[921-935] (2012-02-03 to 2012-03-??) Women's Six Nations Championship at Various

[936-937] (2012-04-21 to 2012-04-28) Elgon Cup at Kampala and Nairobi

[938-948] (2012-05-03 to 2012-05-20) FIRA European Championship at Enkoping, Sweden and Rovereto, Italy

[948-952] (2012-06-14 to 2012-06-16) Asian Championship (II Division) at Manila, Philippines

[953-956] (2012-07-05 to 2012-07-07) Asian Four Nations at Kunshan, China

Other matches[edit]

[946]
2012-05-19 Japan  61-15  Hong Kong Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo [29/19/7]
[957]
2012-10-06 Finland  5-15   Switzerland[21] Myllypuro Sports Park, Helsinki [14/2/1]
[958]
2012-11-03 England  23-13  France Esher [190/166/31]
[959]
2012-11-18 Italy  20-34  United States Centro Sportivo diRoma [101/83/1]
[960]
2012-11-21 France  13-0  United States Stade Marcel Garcin, Orléans [167/84/4]
[961]
2012-11-23 England  16-13  New Zealand Esher [191/62/17]
[962]
2012-11-24 France  27-3  United States Stade de France, Paris [168/85/5]
[963]
2012-11-27 England  17-8  New Zealand Aldershot Military Stadium [192/63/18]
[964]
2012-12-01 England  32-23  New Zealand Twickenham [193/64/19]
[965]
2012-12-03 Italy  29-12  Spain Centro di Preparazione Olimpica Roma [102/101/10]
[966]
2012-12-12 Singapore  21-45  Hong Kong Yio Chu Kang Stadium [17/22/7]
[967]
2012-12-15 Singapore  17-44  Hong Kong Yio Chu Kang Stadium [18/23/8]

2013[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[968-982] (2013-02-02 to 2013-03-17) Women's Six Nations Championship at Various

[984-993] (2013-05-20 to 2013-05-27) FIRA World Cup Qualification Tournament at Madrid

[997-998] (2013-06-15 to 2013-06-22) Elgon Cup at Kampala and Nairobi

[1003-1010] (2013-07-30 to 2013-08-10) Nations Cup at Colorado

[1011-1014] (2013-09-04 to 2013-09-07) ARFU Women's Rugby Championship at Almaty

Other matches[edit]

[983]
2013-04-13 Switzerland   5-25  Belgium Centre de Sportif Colovray, Nyon [3/28/2]
[990]
2013-04-27 Hong Kong  29-0  Singapore Hong Kong [23/18/9]
[994]
2013-06-07 United States  13-10  France Oxnard College [86/174/6]
[995]
2013-06-11 United States  25-27  France Oxnard College [87/175/7]
[996]
2013-06-14 United States  12-18  France StubHub Center Campus, Carson, California [88/176/8]
[999]
2013-06-29 Czech Republic  15-27   Switzerland Tatra Smichov Stadium, Prague [3/4/1]
[1000]
2013-07-13 New Zealand  29-10  England Eden Park, Auckland [65/199/20]
[1001]
2013-07-16 New Zealand  14-9  England Waikato Stadium, Hamilton [66/200/21]
[1002]
2013-07-20 New Zealand  29-8  England ECOlight Stadium, Pukekohe [67/201/22]
[1015]
2013-09-07 South Africa  63-3  Uganda East London, Eastern Cape [33/19/1]
[1016]
2013-10-19 Namibia  31-10  Botswana Windhoek, Namibia[22] [1/1/1]
[1017]
2013-11-02 France  27-19  Canada Pontarlier, France[23] [177/96/11]
[1018]
2013-11-05 France  6-11  Canada Amnéville, France [178/97/12]
[1019]
2013-11-09 England  40-20  France Twickenham Stadium, London, England[24] [205/179/33]
[1020]
2013-11-13 England  32-3  Canada Twickenham Stoop, London, England[25] [206/98/20]
[1021]
2013-11-16 Switzerland   42-0  Czech Republic Nyon[26] [5/4/2]

2014[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[1022-1037] (2014-02-01 to 2014-03-16) Women's Six Nations Championship at Various

[1040-1045] (2014-05-18 to 2014-05-24) 2014 Asian Four Nations at Aberdeen Stadium, Hong Kong

[1052-1091] (2014-06-29 to 2014-11-02) 2014 Women's European Trophy at Various

[1055-1056] (2014-07-12 to 2014-07-19) Elgon Cup at Kampala and Nairobi

[1057-1086] (2014-08-01 to 2014-08-17) 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup at Marcoussis and Paris

Other matches[edit]

[1033]
2014-03-08 Switzerland   80-0  Finland Unterägeri [6/15/2]
[1038]
2014-04-15 Canada  51-7  United States Shawnigan Lake School, British Columbia [99/93/31]
[1039]
2014-04-19 Canada  14-10  United States Westhills Stadium, British Columbia [100/94/32]
[1046]
2014-06-01 New Zealand  38-3  Australia Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua, New Zealand [68/32/13]
[1047]
2014-06-06 Australia  0-22  Canada Tauranga, New Zealand [33/101/1]
[1048]
2014-06-10 New Zealand  90-12  Samoa Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand [69/18/2]
[1049]
2014-06-10 New Zealand  16-8  Canada Tauranga, New Zealand [70/102/9]
[1050]
2014-06-14 New Zealand  33-21  Canada Whakatane, New Zealand [71/103/10]
[1051]
2014-06-28 Wales  7-10  United States Crosskeys [157/95/4]
[1053]
2014-07-01 Spain  3-37  France Estadio Pepe Rojo, Valladolid [108/185/17]
[1054]
2014-07-04 France  46-8  South Africa Marcoussis [186/35/2]
[1087]
2014-10-18 Sweden  3-10  Netherlands Malmö [78/111/18]
[1092]
2014-11-23 Italy  27-3  Scotland Avezzano [116/161/14]

2015[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[1093-1107] (2015-02-06 to 2015-03-22) Women's Six Nations Championship at Various

[1108-1110] (2015-04-25 to 2015-05-23) Asia Rugby Championship at Various

[1111-1112] (2015-06-13 to 2015-06-20) Elgon Cup at Various

[1113-1118] (2015-06-27 to 2015-07-05) Women's Rugby Super Series at Various

[1119-1122] (2015-10-29 to 2015-11-01) 2015 Women's European Trophy at Various

Other matches[edit]

[1097]
2015-01-31 Ireland  31-12  Wales Milltown House, Ashbourne RFC [223/164/20]
[1123]
2015-11-07 France  11-0  England Stade Francis-Turcan, Martigues [197/225/36]
[1124]
2015-11-14 England  8-3  Ireland Twickenham Stoop, London [226/137/22]
[1125]
2015-11-22 Spain  10-34  Scotland Estadio Pepe Rojo, Valladolid [111/167/17]
[1126]
2015-12-19 Spain  57-0  Hong Kong Estadio Valle del Arcipreste, Majadahonda [112/30/1]

2016[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[1127-1141] (2016-02-05 to 2016-03-20) Women's Six Nations Championship at Various

[1143-1148] (2016-07-01 to 2016-07-09) Women's Rugby Super Series at Regional Athletic Complex, Salt Lake City, Utah

[1150-1158] (2016-10-06 to 2016-10-15) 2016 Women's European Championship at Estadio Nacional Complutense, Madrid, Spain

[1161] ( to 2016-11-05) Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship, World Cup qualifier (Oceania) at Suva (Fiji)

[1164 and 1170] (2016-11-18 to 2016-11-26) World Cup qualifier (Europe) at Glasgow and Madrid

[1173-1175] (2016-12-09 to 2016-12-17) 2016 Asian Rugby Championship (World Cup qualifier) at Hong Kong

Other matches[edit]

[1142]
2016-05-14 Singapore  7–40  Hong Kong Singapore [25/31/11]
[1149]
2016-08-21 Germany  36–0   Switzerland Heidelberg [63/12/1]
[1159]
2016-10-22 New Zealand  67–3  Australia Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand [80/40/13]
[1160]
2016-10-26 New Zealand  29–3  Australia QBE Stadium, North Harbour, New Zealand [81/41/14]
[1162]
2016-11-09 England  10–5  France Twickenham Stoop, London, England [235/206/39]
[1163]
2016-11-13 Ireland  10–12  England UCD Bowl, Dublin, Ireland [143/236/24]
[1165]
2016-11-19 England  20–25  New Zealand Twickenham Stoop, London, England [237/82/24]
[1166]
2016-11-19 Ireland  7–48  Canada UCD Bowl, Dublin, Ireland [144/115/3]
[1167]
2016-11-22 France  36–10  United States Béziers [207/107/10]
[1168]
2016-11-23 Canada  10–20  New Zealand Donnybrook, Dublin, Ireland [116/83/12]
[1169]
2016-11-25 France  31–6  United States Montpellier [208/108/11]
[1171]
2016-11-26 England  39–6  Canada Twickenham Stoop, London, England [238/117/24]
[1172]
2016-11-27 Ireland  8–38  New Zealand UCD Bowl, Dublin, Ireland [145/84/2]

2017[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[1176-1190] (2017-02-03 to 2017-03-18) Women's Six Nations Championship at Various

[1201 and 1203] (2017-07-08 to 2017-07-15) 2017 Asian Rugby Championship at Shiroyama and Hong Kong

[1205-1234] (2017-08-09 to 2017-08-26) 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup at Dublin (Ireland)

Other matches[edit]

[1191]
2017-03-28 United States  5–39  Canada Chula Vista, California [109/118/35]
[1192]
2017-04-01 United States  10–37  Canada Chula Vista, California [110/119/36]
[1193]
2017-06-03 Spain  41–18  Hong Kong Estadio Municipal, Medina del Campo [118/34/2]
[1194]
2017-06-09 New Zealand  28–16  Canada Westpac Stadium, Wellington [85/120/12]
[1195]
2017-06-09 Australia  10–53  England Porirua Park, Wellington [42/245/5]
[1196]
2017-06-11 Wales  10–52  Japan Ystrad Mynach [178/41/1]
[1197]
2017-06-13 New Zealand  44–17  Australia Rugby Park, Christchurch [86/43/15]
[1198]
2017-06-13 Canada  20–27  England Rugby Park, Christchurch [121/246/26]
[1199]
2017-06-17 Australia  5–45  Canada Smallbone Park, Rotorua [44/122/2]
[1200]
2017-06-17 New Zealand  21–29  England Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua [87/247/25]
[1202]
2017-07-08 Wales  26–21  Spain Cardiff [179/119/10]
[1204]
2017-07-22 Zimbabwe  10–5  Botswana Hartsfield Rugby Grounds, Bulawayo [2/2/1]
[1235]
2017-09-10 Germany  29–0   Switzerland Sportplatz Almmannsdorf, Konstanz [64/16/2]
[1236]
2017-10-21 Finland  10–39  Sweden Eerikkilä Areena, Tammela [15/78/2]
[1237]
2017-11-17 England  79–5  Canada Barnet Copthall, London [253/128/27]
[1238]
2017-11-19 Italy  21–41  France Biella [137/219/19]
[1239]
2017-11-21 England  49–12  Canada Twickenham Stoop [254/129/28]
[1240]
2017-11-25 England  69–19  Canada Twickenham [255/130/29]



2018[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

[1241-1259] (2018-02-02 to 2018-03-17) Women's Six Nations Championship at Various

[1250-1253] (2018-02-27 to 2018-03-03) 2018 European Championship at Waterloo

[1260-1262] (2018-06-02 to 2018-06-08) 2018 Asian Rugby Championship at Singapore

Other matches[edit]

[1263]
2018-07-11 Zambia  19–18  Zimbabwe Mufulira [2/3/2]
[1264]
2018-07-15 Zambia  7–3  Zimbabwe Mufulira [3/4/3]
[1265]
2018-08-18 Australia  11–31  New Zealand ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia [50/93/16]
[1266]
2018-08-25 New Zealand  45–17  Australia Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand [94/51/17]
[1267]
2018-10-13 Finland  5–20   Switzerland Helsinki [17/17/3]
[1269]
2018-10-28 Germany  '  Czech Republic Berlin [-/-/-]
[1270]
2018-11-03 United States  '  New Zealand Chicago [-/-/-]
[1271]
2018-11-04 Italy  '  Scotland Calvisano [-/-/-]
[1272]
2018-11-09 England  '  United States London [-/-/-]
[1273]
2018-11-09 France  '  New Zealand Toulon [220/95/5]
[1274]
2018-11-10 Wales  '  South Africa Cardiff [-/-/-]
[1275]
2018-11-10 Spain  '  Hong Kong Villajoyosa [-/-/-]
[1276]
2018-11-16 Wales  '  Hong Kong Cardiff [-/-/-]
[1277]
2018-11-17 France  '  New Zealand Grenoble [221/96/6]
[1278]
2018-11-17 Switzerland   '  Czech Republic Yverdon [-/-/-]
[1279]
2018-11-17 Spain  '  South Africa Villajoyosa [-/-/-]
[1280]
2018-11-18 England  '  Canada Doncaster [-/-/-]
[1281]
2018-11-18 Ireland  '  United States Dublin [-/-/-]
[1282]
2018-11-24 England  '  Ireland London [-/-/-]
[1283]
2018-11-24 Wales  '  Canada Cardiff [-/-/-]
[1284]
2018-11-25 Italy  '  South Africa Prato [-/-/-]
[1285]
2018-11-27 Scotland  '  Canada Scotstoun [-/-/-]

World Rugby Rankings (women)[edit]

The World Rugby Rankings for women is a ranking system for women's national teams in rugby union, managed by World Rugby, the sport's governing body. The teams of World Rugby's member nations are ranked based on their game results, with the most successful teams being ranked highest. A point system is used, with points being awarded based on the results of World Rugby-recognized international matches. The women's rankings are calculated in the same manner as WR's existing men's rankings, with minor adjustments to reflect historic differences between women's and men's rugby.

The following table shows the teams in the World Rugby Ranking as they were on 15 October 2018.[27]

Women's Test Ranking (unofficial)[edit]

Before early 2016, there was no official World Rugby ranking list for women's rugby. Several unofficial lists have been produced, with the list developed by Serge Piquet in 2009 having widest circulation following its adoption by women's rugby website ScrumQueens.com in 2013.

The system is similar in many ways to that used by WR for its men's rankings, and includes data from every women's international match since 1982.

Match points are awarded to each country as follows:

1. Match level - generally the mean of combined points the two teams before the match, with a minima.

2. The result - 400 points for a win, 200 for a draw, 100 for a defeat or 0 for a forfeit in an official competition.

3. Match venue - 100 points is shared between the two teams. A team playing at home against an opponent from another continent gets 0 point, but 100 is awarded to their opponents. 25 points goes to the home team if the opponent is from the same continent, and 75 for their opponents. 50 goes to each team if they are playing on neutral ground.

4. Number of scored points and the points difference.

5. World Cup - a bonus of 50 points for games in qualifying rounds, 100 in pool phases of the finals, 150 for play offs and 200 for the final.

Matches against A, B, Emerging, Amateur, Junior, Student, Army, Police or Services teams (and provinces/clubs when these games are part of official competitions) are also taken into account.

Nomads, Caribbean Select XV and Great Britain awarded ranking points but not a ranking position.

After each match a team's new ranking points total will be equal to the sum of 10% of their match points, and 90% of the ranking number before the match. This method evens out occasional surprise results and ensures that the ranking rewards consistency of performance.

Finally, in order that current form is given priority over historic performances, points gained from past matches decrease by 2% per year.

Differences between men's and women's rankings[edit]

Although the ranking is similar in principle to that produced by WR for men's rugby since 2003 and women's rugby since 2016, there are some differences that take into account differences in women's rugby.

The WR system, for both men and women, does not account for the level of the teams — the winner gains some points, and the loser loses them, regardless of the relative levels of the opponents. This means that a lower-tier team will lose ranking points with a loss to a higher-tier team, even if the result is much closer than expected. Given the sometimes wide variation in strength of teams — even in the same competition — this is too simplistic for women's rugby.

The WR ranking also does not account for matches against "special" teams, especially those that are not WR members — but for many of the smaller women's nations, games against teams such as England "A" are more significant, tougher, and often as good a guide to their strength, if not better, than those against some full-strength test teams. As a result, such games are included in this ranking.

Finally, a new team added to WR's rankings is arbitrarily awarded a fixed number of points (currently 30 in the men's game, and 40 in the women's game). before December 2012, a men's team had to play at least 10 matches to be classified. Given the number of tests women's teams play this would be a significant barrier to inclusion.

An alternative ranking is available at the site 22metri and is based on the WR calculation method applied to the games played from January 2010 with teams assigned an arbitrary starting points of 40, 30 and 20 based on tier.[28] The ranking is similar to the one from Scrumqueens, as expected.

Highest team scores[edit]

up to and including 17 November 2017

Note: An unofficial international between a Uganda XV and a Rwanda XV at Kampala on 4 December 2004 resulted in a 183-0 win to the Uganda XV.

Sources of women's international results[edit]

The above results have been traced mainly via the following listings of national and tournament results - most being national RFUs. Other results have been traced via numerous news reports.

Women's rugby participation rates[edit]

Ratio of registered female rugby players to the total female population.

Source: ScrumQueens

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A try was only worth four points in 1982, the five point try not coming in until 1992.
  2. ^ Definition of an "international" used in this article. This article, with its accompanying match list and associated data - as well as the statistical summary of each team's relative success - only includes matches that most independent observers appear to treat as "full internationals" (or "test matches"). These may be defined as:
    • Tournament games between national representative XVs from tournaments for full international teams;
    • "Friendly" fixtures which it appears were generally promoted prior to the game as being between full strength national XVs
    • Other fixtures which most independent authorities (as opposed to individual unions) appear to treat as full internationals (such as games involving "World XVs").
    As a result the list may conflict with some "official" records published by some national unions who:
    • may not include all of these games in their official records (most often because the Union concerned fielded a below strength team in a tournament for full international XVs), or
    • my include games which fail to meet the above definitions (most often because they fielded a full strength team in a friendly against an unofficial or "A" team).
  3. ^ "Statistics: Scoring & Player Numbers Explanation". Scrum.com. Retrieved 2010-05-17.
  4. ^ Internationals in each calendar year:
    • 1982 1
    • 1983 1
    • 1984 2
    • 1985 3
    • 1986 5
    • 1987 6
    • 1988 11
    • 1989 5
    • 1990 11
    • 1991 17 (World Cup year)
    • 1992 5
    • 1993 12
    • 1994 34 (World Cup year)
    • 1995 12
    • 1996 23
    • 1997 32
    • 1998 52 (World Cup year)
    • 1999 28
    • 2000 37
    • 2001 46
    • 2002 53 (World Cup year)
    • 2003 32
    • 2004 47
    • 2005 44
    • 2006 79 (World Cup year)
    • 2007 58
    • 2008 66
    • 2009 54
  5. ^ "Official rankings introduced for women's 15s game" (Press release). World Rugby. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  6. ^ First women's international
  7. ^ First international in the British Isles
  8. ^ The first home nations international. Video highlights of the game can be seen here [1]
  9. ^ First international in North America
  10. ^ This match, and preparations for it, was filmed by Channel 4 for a documentary called "Rugby Women", a copy of which is held in the National Film Archive at the British Film Institute
  11. ^ This was the final Great Britain international and also featured in the Channel 4 documentary called "Rugby Women", a copy of which is held in the National Film Archive at the British Film Institute
  12. ^ First International for both Ireland and Scotland at site of the first ever men's international.
  13. ^ Cleary, Mick; Griffiths, John, eds. (1996). Rothmans Rugby Yearbook 1995-96. Aylesbury: Rothmans Publications Ltd. p. 374. ISBN 0-7472-7816-4.
  14. ^ Team photo
  15. ^ First women's match at Murrayfield
  16. ^ Some sources give the score as 7-7
  17. ^ "Wedstrijdarchief (Match Archive)". 17 June 2006. Archived from the original on 22 April 2009. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  18. ^ a b A review of Canada's test history is likely to reject test status from this match
  19. ^ There are reports that there may have been an earlier game, played between 2004 and 2006, won by Zambia by 88-0
  20. ^ Match report
  21. ^ [2]
  22. ^ "Local rugby reaches climax". 2013-10-03. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  23. ^ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=697261610285818&set=a.697263203618992.1073741846.191813794163938&type=1
  24. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2013/nov/09/england-france-womens-rugby
  25. ^ "England v Canada - As it happens!". Scrum Queens. 2013-11-13. Retrieved 2013-11-18.
  26. ^ "Switzerland retain Konektor Cup". Scrum Queens. 2013-11-16. Retrieved 2013-11-18.
  27. ^ "World Rugby Ranking". World Rugby. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  28. ^ Women Rugby Ranking - a proposal

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