Popularity of women and girls rugby is on the rise

Women and girls rugby in England is going from strength to strength across all levels as a result of the solid progress that is being made against the RFU’s four year women and girls’ action plan, which launched in September 2017.

Women and girls’ grassroots rugby has experienced rapid growth. The RFU, working with volunteers in constituent bodies and clubs, along with other partners such as Sport England, has contributed to this achievement.

Director of Rugby Development, Steve Grainger, commented: “It is pleasing to see the women’s game go from strength to strength across all levels. We have made a concerted effort to ensure that we can sustain this growth during a special time for women’s team sports.

“We are at the mid-way point of this action plan and there has been positive momentum to date. To ensure success in the second half of the plan, we will accelerate our focus on improving and futureproofing the playing offer in line with the wants and needs of women and girls and the expected growth of the game, place a focus on the importance of leadership and advocacy within the female game, and continuing to challenge perceptions to ensure that rugby is seen as accessible for women and girls as it is for men and boys.”