- The University of Roehampton field first ever women’s rugby team
- Sport Roehampton thanks RFU community coaches for their support
Photo: RFU Archive
The University of Roehampton women's rugby team is up and running thanks to RFU Community Coaches and a committed captain in third-year zoology student April Windle.
On Wednesday, November 20, Roehampton Women played their first ever match, taking on St. Georges University London. Despite the debut resulting in a narrow 20-25 defeat, Roehampton remain upbeat about their chances for the rest of the season.
Captain Windle said: “We are a newly established team with only two members who had played rugby before the beginning of the term, so to lose by only one try was a minor defeat and we can build on the performance.”
Since that first game there has been no stopping the Roehampton Ladies as they enrolled in the RFU’s South East University Merit League festival at Petersfield RFC, picking up two wins as well as thoroughly enjoying themselves along the way.
Windle explained: “Hard work and commitment by the girls so far has definitely paid off, with plenty of glory tries scored and some pretty impressive tackles made. Bring on the rest of the season!
“Sport Roehampton would like to thank Alex Fieldhouse (Community Rugby Coach), La Toya Mason (Community Rugby Coach) and Alex Hadley (University Rugby Development Officer) for their help and support in getting our team up and running this season.”
The RFU is committed to making rugby a relevant sporting option for women so that more choose rugby as an option for fitness, competition and social interaction in our clubs. Long term the RFU aims to grow numbers from 10,000 registered players over 14 years old to 20,000 by 2016/17.