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Your News RFUW welcomes findings of Commission of Future for Women in Sport

The Rugby Football Union for Women (RFUW) has welcomed the findings of the Commission on the Future of Women’s Sport and believes it is an important step forward in helping increase commercial investment in this growing sector.

Women's rugby is enjoying unprecedented growth in England. There are currently nearly 14,000 women and girls playing the game including 8000 youth registered players which highlights the massive growth in girls playing the game. To date there are also 300 women and girls clubs in England, and over 500 teams playing regularly.

This summer heralds a significant opportunity for the game of women’s rugby. From August 20th to September 5th England will host the Women’s Rugby World Cup in South West London, and the showcase tournament is already set to smash previous records.

The tournament will be held at the impressive multi million pound facility of Surrey Sports Park in Guildford, which will provide not only a fantastic venue for the pool games but also a world cup village where the athletes will be located for three weeks. The semi finals and the final will then be staged at the 14,200 seater Twickenham Stoop stadium.

There will be unprecedented live television coverage of the tournament in the UK with Sky Sports broadcasting over ten games, while interest in the tournament in the host country has already reached an all time high.

England are heading into this tournament in their best form yet. The host nation has won five consecutive RBS 6 Nations titles, including a fourth grand slam this season. They also recorded their first win in eight years over world champions, New Zealand who undoubtedly will be one of their biggest rivals for world cup glory this season.

The RFUW is certainly confident that following this summer’s WRWC the tournament will leave a long term and lasting legacy. 11 months into the RFUW’s World Cup Legacy Programme, targets have already been smashed. To date there have been 28 projects and an impressive 1820 participants taking part or volunteering.

Rosie Williams, Managing Director of the Rugby Football Union for Women, said: “The WRWC represents a landmark event for the game of women’s rugby, and it promises to be a memorable and successful tournament. It will also represent a true celebration of the strength and stature of the women’s game. It is great to see enlightened brands such as Heineken and Sky backing the tournament.

“However, the tournament is not just about the three weeks of rugby, but spreading the word, and creating a lasting legacy for the women’s game. And we are confident we can do this. The sport is already thriving, and the England team are showcasing our achievements on the field.”

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