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Women's Super Rugby
Ali_K (IP Logged)
01 March, 2017 05:55
This article basically confirms the Aylesford Bulls as Harlequins for this league.

Ten clubs have been handed spots in the first season of England's new women's domestic rugby union competition, starting in September.

Six of the eight clubs in the 2016-17 Women's Premiership, including leaders Bristol Ladies, have been given places.

The Rugby Football Union will make a multi-million pound investment in the competition's first three years.

Women's Super Rugby is aimed at improving playing standards and increasing participation in the sport.

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The number of females playing rugby union grew significantly in the aftermath of England's World Cup victory in 2014 and the RFU want to double the number of current participants to 50,000.

RFU director of professional rugby Nigel Melville said: "This is another significant development for women's rugby in this country.

"Women's Super Rugby will drive standards in the game, both domestically and at an elite level, and continue to encourage more women and girls to play the sport.

"We now have the opportunity to build a world-class domestic competition, with the backing and funding of the RFU, demonstrating the union's commitment to growing the game at all levels."

Women's Super Rugby participants

Bristol Ladies
Darlington Mowden Park Sharks
Firwood Waterloo Ladies
Harlequin FC[i][/i]
Gloucester-Hartpury Women's RFC
Loughborough Students (Lightning)
Richmond FC
Saracens Women
Wasps FC Ladies
Worcester Valkyries

Re: Women's Super Rugby
St_Bart (IP Logged)
01 March, 2017 16:56
Strange decision by the RFU not to offer Litchfield Ladies a place in the Super Rugby competition - after all they only have 8 players in the current 6 Nations tournament, including world class players like Emily Scarrat and Mo Hunt, both of who are already paid professionals.

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Re: Women's Super Rugby
HonkyTonk (IP Logged)
01 March, 2017 16:59
Does that mean that the Lichfield players are moving elsewhere??

Re: Women's Super Rugby
St_Bart (IP Logged)
01 March, 2017 17:24
Who knows, it's not impossible...

Re: Women's Super Rugby
Fearless Fred (IP Logged)
01 March, 2017 17:30
Hopefully they can run a few "double headers" with the women's game before or after the mens. That will help build the profile of the game with the general fanbase and help it develop at a decent pace.

Re: Women's Super Rugby
Bod (IP Logged)
01 March, 2017 20:27

There is something quite smelly emanating from HQ regarding this Elite Womens restructuring that Melville is ducking, on many levels.

Re: Women's Super Rugby
St_Bart (IP Logged)
01 March, 2017 21:23
Somethings a bit odd thats for sure. Be interesting to see how it all pans out.....

Re: Women's Super Rugby
Bod (IP Logged)
01 March, 2017 21:31

Let's see what Melville juggles up? Any bets on an 11 team Super League? Or a culling of one of the London clubs?

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