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Huddersfield RUFC hosted a hugely successful women’s touch rugby festival on Sunday 2nd October. Over 50 women from the Huddersfield, Ossett, Hemsworth and Sheffield University rugby clubs took part in the ‘6 a side’ event.
With the emphasis on participation and recruitment organiser Jess Bunyard, Head of Women’s and Girl’s rugby at the Lockwood Park club, was delighted with the outcome. She said, ‘The day was a great success and is part of the plan to grow the women’s team at Huddersfield RUFC. With the Women’s Rugby World Cup taking place in New Zealand at the moment, we are inviting all inspired women to come and give rugby a go.’
The next women’s event at Huddersfield is on Saturday 15th October, commencing at 11.30am. It is a ‘Give Rugby A Try’ session, taking place as part of the RFU’s Inner Warrior campaign, to get more women involved in the sport. Jess again,’ All women are welcome to take part in our taster session, no matter what your personal level of fitness. Our team set up offers opportunities for women of all abilities. Whether people want to use the sessions for improving fitness, playing non-contact games or working their way up to trying the contact game.’
On Sunday 7th November the Huddersfield women are welcoming female members of the West Yorkshire Police force to one of their training sessions. Jess is hoping that a fruitful link will be forged which will further strengthen her growing team.
In the Women’s Rugby World Cup, which begins on 8th October, England start as favourites in the tournament. The Red Roses have travelled to New Zealand as Six Nations champions and on the back of an unbeaten 25 match run. They open their campaign with a Pool match against Fiji, kicking off at 4.45pm. All matches involving the home nations are being screened live on ITV.