Rugby Rant: Fund GB women’s sevens!

first_img SEVENS’ admission into the Olympics is one of the most exciting developments in rugby in decades. In the women’s game it is probably the most transformational development ever.Here, at last, is the opportunity to put women’s rugby on the international map; at the top of the TV schedules; in the conversations of the world’s sports fans.Unsurprisingly, the top nations have invested heavily in their women’s sevens sides, recognising the possibility of an Olympic medal and the importance of growing the game. They now have full- or part-time training programmes for their athletes.The Netherlands and Canada took the lead, followed by the USA, Russia, Spain, Ireland and now New Zealand and Australia.The obvious absence from that list is Great Britain. Whilst the other nations are well on the way with their Rio 2016 preparations, here the game is being stalled by arguments between the people who hold the purse strings about who should fund the team.UK Sport think it should be the RFU (whose England players will provide the bulk of any GB women’s team and who fund a men’s sevens programme), and the RFU think it should be UK Sport. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS I have no idea who is right and no idea about the specifics of the arguments, but what I do know is that whilst those organisations fight amongst themselves the more impossible the task facing the GB women’s team becomes.Since NZ and Australia fully established their programmes last year, every IRB Women’s Sevens World Series event has been won by one of those two nations. In 2012, England won in London and Hong Kong. That is how quickly the world changes.In the context of the millions spent on GB Olympic sports and by GB rugby unions, a pretty small investment would turn GB women into Olympic contenders. But in the context of women’s rugby in this country the impact would be phenomenal: not just giving us another successful team to cheer in Rio but, more importantly, attracting the next generation of players and fans.Those opportunities will be lost without proper funding.center_img Australia women have really come on since they have received increased funding GB’s sevens team is being left behind in a funding row, says ex-England captain Sue Day in the June edition of Rugby Worldlast_img read more

Bake Off contestant lands recipe deal

first_imgLast year’s Great British Bake Off contestant Kate Henry has launched a partnership with fine food company Bennett Opie.The Brighton-based home-baker will be creating a collection of recipes that use Opie’s signature products such as cocktail cherries and ginger.The deal has been struck as the food company saw an uplift in sales of its baking-related products.Kate Henry said: “I was delighted when the Bennett Opie team approached me to see whether I would be interested in working with them. Their products are of exceptional quality and my mind is already awash with ideas of how they can be used in all sorts of sweet and savoury recipes. I look forward to creating, baking and tasting my ideas over the coming months. I can’t wait to get started.”The collection will include seasonal ideas for Christmas, as well as everyday recipes.William Opie, managing director at Bennett Opie, said: “Since the resurgence in popularity of baking, we have seen much greater demand for our baking-related products that include, among others, cocktail cherries, crystallised stem ginger, black cherries in kirsch and stem ginger in syrup.“Engaging Kate’s services and utilising her skills was a strategic decision by the Bennett Opie team. We are committed to developing our Opie’s brand across all retail channels and supporting the listings that we have in multiple and independent stores.”They will be available from the Bennett Opie website and also through a variety of digital channels.last_img read more

Dengue fever kills at least six people in North Maluku

first_img “There were 67 patients in January, 77 in February and 31 in March,” Rosita, who is also the North Maluku COVID-19 task force spokesperson, told news agency Antara.Read also: Dengue fever infects more than 4,500 people, kills 48 in East Nusa TenggaraShe added that 1,195 cases of the dengue fever, a mosquito-borne viral disease, had been recorded in the province throughout 2019, with 16 ending deadly.“We are advising the North Maluku people to maintain cleanliness and eradicate mosquito breeding grounds by closing or draining water storage containers, especially in schools and places of worship, where activities are minimal during the COVID-19 outbreak, to suppress the number of dengue fever cases,” she said.In addition, she also called on the people to stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic to curb the spread of the disease. (aly)Topics : At least six people have died of dengue fever in North Maluku so far this year.According to North Maluku Health Agency data for the first quarter of the year, the fatalities were recorded from Jan. 3 to March 3 in three regencies of the province.Rosita Alkatiri, the agency’s head of disease prevention and control, said on Saturday that three deaths were reported in Morotai Island regency, two in West Halmahera and one in North Halmahera. The province recorded 175 dengue fever cases in the first three months of the year.last_img read more