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OT/WT Quins Women Make History??
HonkyTonk (IP Logged)
29 November, 2017 16:11


Wednesday, 29th November 2017 @ 08:00


Harlequins have announced their ambition to make history by hosting the biggest-ever crowd at a women’s club match, when their historic rivalry against local adversaries Richmond FC is reignited on Saturday 10th March 2018.

Harlequins Ladies, current leaders of the Tyrrells Premier 15s, are bidding to welcome a world record crowd for a women’s club match and the biggest crowd for a women’s match outside of a Women’s Rugby World Cup Final, at The Stoop.

The iconic venue is just across the road from where Harlequins took on Richmond in 1909, in the first-ever rugby match at England’s home of rugby, Twickenham Stadium.

Next year’s fixture will take place just two days after International Women’s Day (Thursday 8th March 2018), and Harlequins will be supporting the 2018 ‘Press for Progress’ theme by taking a stand for parity and equality in the world of sport.

Harlequins Ladies’ captain and Red Rose Rachael Burford said: “This is a real statement of intent by Harlequins Ladies and we’re excited to be part of a club that is moving to increase awareness of the women’s game and challenging perceptions.

“Women’s rugby is a high-quality, action-packed game and we’ve really demonstrated an exceptional standard in the season to date. We’re looking forward to continuing our success and picking up many more supporters along the way – and we can’t wait to reignite the rivalry with our neighbours Richmond.

“The match will be like nothing women’s club rugby has ever seen. There was nothing on this scale when we were getting into rugby as girls – the women’s game was very much a distant second to the men’s, but going for a world record attendance on Saturday 10th March represents a real step-change and we’re proud to be setting that standard.”

Women’s sport – and women’s rugby in particular – is currently on an upward trajectory with record viewing figures for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

Harlequins’ Chief Executive David Ellis said: “Parity is a key focus for us at Harlequins and we are proud to be in a position where we can support both the men’s and women’s teams. With a new chapter beginning in the debut season of the Harlequins Ladies team, we are proud to be playing a key role in the upward trajectory of women’s rugby.

“Our stated aim to host a world-record crowd at The Stoop for the match against Richmond FC is ambitious and sends exactly the right message about our support of women’s rugby – and what better match to do this than against our local rivals, a match steeped in history."

Harlequins Ladies Co-Head Coach Karen Findlay added: “This is a great opportunity to unite all supporters of women’s sport, which is enjoying a massive increase in popularity and support at the moment.

“Our Ladies have had a phenomenal season so far and we’ve been thrilled to see six of our team included in the Red Roses squad for the recent 3-0 series win over Canada, more than any other women’s club side.

“We’re calling on the Harlequins family, rugby fans, local families and anyone who wants to show their support for the women’s game to come down to the match on Saturday 10th March. It’s not just about a great day of rugby – it’s about being one big Quins rugby family backing our Quins teams and showing a real commitment to elevate women’s sport. It’s a huge opportunity to show everyone what’s special about this club.”

As part of the matchday celebrations, Harlequins will also be celebrating their wider commitment to women’s and girls rugby with a pre-match community club tournament, coaching clinics and Switch sessions held by the Harlequins Foundation. Switch, launched by the Harlequins Foundation in 2016, is a multi-tiered programme aimed at encouraging girls to get involved into rugby.

Harlequins will be striving to make this a world record crowd for a women’s club match and will need your help in doing so. Tickets for this match are £10 for Adults and £5 for Juniors with this match being included for Members in your 2017/18 membership. Tickets can be purchased and claimed through the Ticket Office or online here.

Re: OT/WT Quins Women Make History??
St_Bart (IP Logged)
29 November, 2017 16:44
There's an even bigger Women's match to be seen this weekend at the Stoop, which is included in all STH's package when Quins take on Sarries in in a top of the table face-off - both teams on 8 wins from 8 but Quins with a perfect 40 points to Sarries 39.
Kick off 17.30 after the men's game.
Go and support the Quins Ladies - it's the least they deserve after such a great start to the season.

Harlequin Ladies

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Re: OT/WT Quins Women Make History??
T-Bone (IP Logged)
29 November, 2017 17:12
Any idea what the record is, out of interest? I couldn't see it in the article.

Could this possibly clash with Anglo-Welsh semi? Presumably we'd have to ask Premiership to give us the Sunday game if we got a home semi.

Re: OT/WT Quins Women Make History??
Scaramouche (IP Logged)
29 November, 2017 17:17
Good work Ladies! Very proud of our Clubsmiling smiley

If at first you don't succeed, Try, Try and Try again.

Re: OT/WT Quins Women Make History??
St_Bart (IP Logged)
29 November, 2017 18:04
Hopefully you may even see Jess Breach add to her 15 tries in the last 3 games ( includes 11 in her first two england games)

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Re: OT/WT Quins Women Make History??
Bolly-Quin (IP Logged)
29 November, 2017 22:20
There's an even bigger Women's match to be seen this weekend at the Stoop, which is included in all STH's package when Quins take on Sarries...


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