Rugby Football Union for Women Integration Task Group

  • Baines Becomes RFU President

    RFU senior vice president Peter Baines will become the governing body's new president from 1 August 2016, taking over from Jason Leonard. former England Women’s World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi will also join the council and former England full back Jonathan Webb will join Ian Ritchie as the RFU’s two representatives on the World Rugby council. Webb replaces Bill Beaumont, who will take office as chairman of World Rugby on 1 July. Peter Baines was the Hertfordshire representative on the RFU...

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  • Sheila Begbie Swaps Scottish Football For Rugby

    Sheila Begbie MBE, the head of Women's Football at the Scottish Football Association, is to take up a new role as head of Women's Rugby at the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) in August. The former Scotland international (Football) said said she would bring a "blueprint of success" from 16 years in her role in Women's Football. The role is a brand new one within the SRU and Begbie will report to director of Rugby Scott Johnson. Johnson said: "Sheila has had a great career in Scottish Women's soccer...

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  • Ireland Launch Women's RWC2017 Bid

    The Irish Rugby Football Union has announced that it has submitted a bid to host the Women's Rugby World Cup in August 2017 at locations in both Dublin and Belfast. University College Dublin is the intended host for the tournament pool stages before the play-offs and finals stages at Queen's University Sport and the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. The IRFU is also tabling a bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup and chief executive Phillip Browne said this new bid was a reflection of the growing mome...

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  • Lydon Leaves RFU

    Head of international player development Joe Lydon has left the Rugby Football Union to pursue fresh challenges. Lydon arrived in August 2013 and was responsible for managing the performance pathway and pipeline of international players for England Rugby. His remit of teams included the Saxons, U20s, U18s, sevens, and the Women’s senior, sevens and U20s teams. In that time the Women’s side won the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2014 and subsequently the RFU introduced the first ever set of pr...

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  • Hire More Women Or Face Budget Cuts, Says Sports Minister

    English Rugby, as well as Football and cricket, has been warned by sports minister Helen Grant to appoint more Women directors or face budget cuts in Exchequer funding. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Grant made it clear getting more Women into decision-making roles was one of her top priorities. The Rugby Football Union (RFU), along with their Football and cricket counterparts, have reportedly been told that at least a quarter of their board members must be female by 2017 if they are...

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  • Paysafe Back Barbarians: Men, Women and Help For Heroes

    The Barbarians have a new partnership with Paysafe Group plc, a leading global payments provider based in the UK and have announced their first competitive Womens fixture. The Baa-Baas have matches scheduled in Australia, before returning to Twickenham to play New Zealand for the Killik Cup on November 4. They then travel to Limerick where, on Friday November 10, Tonga will become the famous club’s 21st international opposition. The Women’s fixture will be part of a double bill: playing Muns...

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  • RFL To Launch Women's Super League

    The Rugby Football League is planning to launch a Women’s Super League in the summer to bring together elite teams from the Women’s game into a professionally-run competition run alongside the men’s Betfred Super League. Teams which now operate as community clubs will be aligned to men’s Super League outfits, although the players will remain amateur. The move has the backing of Sport England, which last week announced a grant of £10.75m over the next four years to the RFL to aid attempt...

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  • World Rugby Events Set For Dublin, Belfast, San Francisco And San Jose

    Dublin and Belfast will host Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 after World Rugby awarded the hosting rights for the eighth edition of the tournament to the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU). The pool stages in August 2017 will be held at University College Dublin, with the semi-finals and positional play-offs taking place at Queen's University Sport and The Kingspan Stadium. The final will take place at Ulster's home ground, which has a capacity of 18,196. The 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup was w...

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  • RFU Launch Ten-Team Women's Super League

    The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has announced the 10 teams that have been offered places in a new Women’s domestic competition from September 2017. The 10 successful teams that have been offered a place in Women’s Super Rugby, subject to contract, are: Bristol Ladies Rugby Ltd, Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, Firwood Waterloo Ladies, Harlequin FC, Gloucester-Hartpury Women’s RFC, Loughborough Students (Lightning), Richmond FC, Saracens Women, Wasps FC Ladies and Worcester Valkyries. “This...

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  • RFL's "Our League" Platform Signs Up 36k Members

    The Rugby Football League’s (RFL) ‘Our League’ platform for fans and participants has registered more than 36,000 members in six months after partnering with InCrowd to boost fan experience before RLWC2017 last autumn. The membership website and mobile apps included a ticketing Integration, exclusive content, member benefits, participation features, gamification and polls to help drive fan experience and return on investment for the RFL. The work was extended to the 2018 season. In the fir...

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