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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sharni Williams dubbed Woman of Steel after brutal double knock

Here's a clip from the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow that we've been meaning to post and add to the archive for a while. So rather late than never, if you haven't seen this collision yet, it's well worth watching but not for the faint hearted. 

While a lot of male fans may have preconceived ideas about Women's Rugby in general, there's no doubt that the commitment levels displayed at the highest level are quite incredible.

The game is growing rapidly and after a successful first ever IRB Sevens World Series, and the recent RWC Sevens, we're sure to see more and more girls picking up the odd shaped ball and having a crack at this wonderful sport. With the simplicity of Sevens, it's in a good place.

At the World Cup we saw an example of the aforementioned commitment in the plate final, as Australian Women's star Sharni Williams showed that despite being the fairer species, there was nothing lacking in terms of physicality. 

In wet and miserable conditions she'd just been treated for a bad knock to the nose, which needed to be 'plugged' after bleeding a lot, but managed to play on. From the restart, you guessed it, she threw herself at a loose ball, and collected the knee of England's Heather Fisher, right in the face.

It was horrible to watch as unbelievably, Williams' knee actually smashed into Fisher's face too, stunning both girls. Tough as nails Williams played on though, as did Fisher, and the Australian was later rewarded with a try for her efforts, as well as the Plate victory.

Posted at 2:17 pm | 15 comments

Posted in See it to Believe it, Sevens

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Steve July 17, 2013 8:37 am

Any chance of dropping the casual sexism? The 'simplicity' of sevens means poor little lady-brains can just about comprehend the rules? Please.'Fairer species'? I think women might actually be the same species as the rest of us.
I've dated rugby women. They're just as brutal, committed and professional as the men and most of them have to hold down a full time job too. Show some respect.

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Rugbydump July 17, 2013 9:27 am

No disrespect intended, Steve. The whole point of the post is it acknowledge the courage of Williams, and Fisher, and show that women's rugby should not be looked down on at all.

'Simplicity of Sevens' refers to the growth of the sport with both men and women. 'Fairer species' means they're the more beautiful of the two genders, but that's down to opinion.

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mpm July 17, 2013 10:15 am

I'd still be dropping the "fairer of the species", it's just old fashioned and particularly out of place on a rugby site. Then again, noone has said anything about the "men with odd shaped balls" line.

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Benny July 17, 2013 4:58 pm

Come on guys, give RD a break. There's a reason that we don't play mixed rugby and it's not to protect the men from the women. Maybe fairer s.e.x would sound better but probably wouldn't make it past the moderator

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Jeri July 18, 2013 11:04 am

Wow Steve, that's a lot of misdirected unhappiness there.

I don't know what abuse you and your partner had to suffer from sexists elsewhere, but Rugbydump has been celebrating the advancement of female rugby presentation for the last 6 years, and this particular article is of no exception.

Your accusation against RD for an imagined offense is unfounded and unfair, in fact you owe RD an apology for projecting your anger which clearly you meant to direct against someone else

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browner July 21, 2013 10:07 pm

I'm not sure whether to congratulate or commiserate you on your dating choices.

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Disco July 17, 2013 10:34 am

The article was written with respect and admiration for the courage of Sharni Williams.

Sevens is a simpler version of the XV man code (can I say man or should I say person?); given that most schools don't have fifteen aside womens' rugby teams, it's quite reasonable to point out that female atheletes who decide to come into the game after school might find it easier to play sevens which is far more stop start than fifteens and presents less complications by virtue of the reduced number of players, absence of 16 man scrums and lineouts, more open play therefore less offside etc. The simplicity of sevens is essential to attracting more and more people to the game of rugby, whatever the code, whatever the sex.

As for "fairer of the species", mpm, it's your call really.

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DanKnapp July 17, 2013 10:43 am

I'd change it to the biologically correct 'fairer sex', rather than 'fairer species'. Pretty sure they're the same species as us, apart from those women in the front row, who are part of that notable subspecies.

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DanKnapp July 17, 2013 10:51 am

What is the politically correct way to apply 'LAD!' to a woman? Because she's whatever that is. Awesome.

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Flying Dutchman July 17, 2013 10:49 am

Lads don't you think you're a wee bit over-zealous defending women's rights here? I'm pretty sure neither sex will be offended for being called the fairer species.

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WelshOsprey July 17, 2013 12:24 pm

Deleted my comment? Pffft couldn't handle the top banter

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DrG July 17, 2013 11:55 pm

Fairer Species - Women
Rugby Species - Men
Human beings - the rest of the world...

Somewhere between humans and rugby species is where the front row is located...

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Canadian content July 19, 2013 12:16 pm

This debate= waste of time

No offense RD, I rarely read the clips anyway

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Rugbydump July 25, 2013 3:29 pm

None taken. I rarely read your comments ;)

On a serious note, you should! The video often supports the write up, and vice versa.

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