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espnW foresight: Stars, shockers and stories of 2019

As the countdown to the 2019 season begins we look ahead to our four big women's winter codes: AFLW, Super Netball, Super W and rugby league. What will be the same in 2019? What has changed? Read our bold predictions for the season ahead.

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Aussies finish fifth at World Series opener

The Australian women's rugby sevens World Series title defence is off to a rocky start after a heavy quarter-final loss to the US in the opening event in Denver, Colorado.

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Wallaroos go West for first time

The Wallaroos and Back Ferns will join the Wallabies and All Blacks in Perth for the first Bledisloe Cup Test in Western Australia, as international rugby makes its debut at the new Burswood stadium in 2019.

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World Rugby hint at new international women's comp

World Rugby have hinted at a potential women's Rugby Championship-style competition in the coming future, with General Manager of Women's Rugby Katie Sadleir telling media in Sydney an international competition could be around the corner.

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Aussie rugby gold medallists re-sign

Australian rugby sevens co-captains Sharni Williams and Shannon Parry and Olympic gold medal-winning teammate Alicia Quirk have re-signed, locking them up until the end of 2020.

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Riordan returns for Wallaroos to face NZ

Centre Sarah Riordan's return from injury is the only change to the Wallaroos as they attempt to improve on their heartening effort against world champions New Zealand.

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RA rejects claims of Wallaroos "snub"

Rugby Australia has rejected accusations of discrimination after the Wallaroos and Black Ferns were unable to warm-up on ANZ Stadium before their first double-header with the Wallabies and All Blacks in Sydney.

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Uni Sevens to have international feel

AON University Sevens series two will have a distinctly international feel when it kicks off in Hobart on Saturday, with players from around the world representing 10 of Australia's universities in the nationwide women's competition.

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World champion Black Ferns rout Wallaroos

New Zealand women's rugby domination over arch rivals Australia has continued with the all-conquering Black Ferns crushing the Wallaroos 31-11 in the Bledisloe Cup curtain raiser in Sydney.

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Wallaroos name experienced Patu as captain

Wallaroos coach Dwayne Nestor has named experienced hooker Liz Patu as the sides new captain ahead of their Bledisloe Cup clash with the Black Ferns.

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158dBrittany Mitchell

English backpacker turns Wallaroo

For new Wallaroos recruit Fi Jones, the opportunity to pull on the gold jersey against the Black Ferns would rate among her proudest moments - despite the fact she's a Brit.

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Australia bid to host 2021 Women's RWC

Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle is confident of delivering a record-breaking women's Rugby World Cup if Australia is granted the right to host the 2021 tournament.

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164dESPN Staff

Women's RWC receives Gov support

The Australian Government have announced their support for Rugby Australia's bid to host the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup by providing $300,000 to support the sporting body.

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New-look Wallaroos World Cup focused

The Wallaroos have announced a new-look 15-a-side squad, featuring 13 uncapped players, to play two Tests against world champions New Zealand next month in preparation for the 2021 World Cup.

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Black Ferns hammer France for RWC7s crown

New Zealand have claimed a historic back-to-back Rugby World Cup Sevens title, and 26 straight wins, after they hammered France 29-0 in the gold medal final, while Australia claimed bronze over USA at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

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Aussie women turn focus to World Cup

Claiming their second World Series title in three years, the Australian women's sevens side will celebrate with a week of rest before they start preparations for next month's Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco.

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Manenti named Aussie women's sevens coach

Australia's newly installed women's sevens coach John Manenti has already begun toughening up the Olympic champions whom he says have become targets for the world's improving teams.

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Wallaroos in historic double-headers

Back-to-back double headers for the Wallabies and Wallaroos against New Zealand in August will be another step in Australia's bid to host the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup.

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How nationwide search brought Aussie Sevens success

Australia women's sevens coach Tim Walsh credits a nationwide search to uncover a "point of difference" as the key to his side's success, a six-year journey he hopes to wrap up with Commonwealth Games gold.

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Sevens, 15s choice looms for Reds sensation

A tug-of-war between the Wallaroos and Australia's rugby sevens program is looming for the services of teenage sensation Alysia Lefau-Fakalosilea.