TOP BAR - Fixtures

Warriors team up with Worcester Ladies

Warriors can today announce they have integrated Women’s Premiership side Worcester Ladies RFC into the Warriors operation.

The Ladies team is to be renamed as the Worcester Valkyries and will become part of the Warriors organisation ahead of the 2016/17 Women’s Premiership campaign.

The alliance will create a joined-up approach to male and female elite rugby in Worcester, while providing a pathway for female players within Worcester RFC Ladies and Girls’ section who aspire to play at the elite end of the women’s game.

Warriors will provide Worcester Valkyries’ operating budget which includes coaching, kit, transport, promotion and other resources.

The switch will also see elite women’s rugby added to the Warriors brand while being integrated into the Club’s broader community operations.

Warriors Chief Executive Jim O’Toole said: "We see this as a significant development in our overall role within rugby in Worcestershire and the West Midlands.

"Given the recent focus on increasing female participation in rugby at all levels, we now have a very clear pathway for girls under the age of 13 up to elite level of the game in this county via the amateur club’s ladies and girls sections, and ultimately up to the Valkyries in the Women’s Premiership."

Worcester Ladies have been one of the top sides in the Women’s Premiership over recent campaigns, winning it for the very first time in 2012/13 and finishing in the top four for the past three seasons.

Meanwhile, the Worcester Ladies RFC second-team will remain as part of Worcester RFC playing in the current Women’s Championship Midlands Two as part of the amateur club.

Worcester Valkyries Rugby Manager Dave Guest said: "This is a major step forward in taking women’s rugby to the next level at Worcester.

"The resource and facilities, which are second to none in the Women’s Premiership, will provide opportunities for existing, aspiring and new players to develop in an elite culture at Sixways, as well as being part of a recognised Premiership brand and increasing the profile of the women’s game globally.

"Nationally there has been growth in women’s and girls’ rugby since England won the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2014 and we aim to take every opportunity to facilitate this continuing trend in Worcestershire by working alongside Warriors.

"Our girls have done a fantastic job in recent seasons and the goal now is to continue that upward spiral in challenging Saracens and Richmond at the top of the table."

The Valkyries will play in the brand-new, female-cut Under Armour kit in the 2016/17 campaign, while some of their games will also take place on the new Artificial Grass Pitch at Sixways alongside Warriors matches.

O’Toole explained: "Hosting back-to-back games with Warriors and the Valkyries will provide supporters with some bumper matchdays as well as better value for money, while also increasing the fanbase of the women’s game."

Worcester Ladies winger and England Women’s Rugby World Cup winner Lydia Thompson said: "It’s an exciting time for all the girls and it’s certainly going to transform women’s rugby in Worcester.

"We’re all really looking forward to playing on the big stage at Sixways in front of bigger crowds and by building our support, it will help improve our game moving forward.

"I can’t wait for the new season to put my boots on and to step out onto the new pitch."
 

Latest News

Joe Marler commits to Harlequins until 2021

Harlequins is thrilled to announce today, Friday 18th August, that England and British and Irish Lions prop, Joe Marler, has…

Joe Marler

European fixtures to be released on Tuesday

The fixtures for the 2017/18 Champions Cup and Challenge Cup season will be announced on Tuesday, 22 August at 3.00pm…

Rokoduguni starts for Bath Rugby against Ospreys

Semesa Rokoduguni will make his first appearance of pre-season when Bath Rugby take on Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium on…

Harlequins team to play Jersey Reds

Harlequins has announced the squad to play Jersey Reds in the final match of the 2017/18 pre-season campaign, at The…

Francis Saili

Stringer starts for Worcester Warriors at Birmingham Moseley

Summer signing Peter Stringer will get his first start for Warriors on Friday night as his side take on Birmingham…

London Irish name side for Ealing Trailfinders clash

London Irish have named a 30-man squad for this Friday’s pre-season clash with Ealing Trailfinders at Hazelwood (kick-off 7.30pm). The…

Gloucester Rugby announce line-ups for preseason friendly at Leinster

Gloucester Rugby will give game time to a number of their first team squad in Leinster on Friday evening as…

American rugby players and coaches to get once in a lifetime opportunity

Thirty American rugby players and coaches are being handed the chance of a lifetime to train in England with Premiership…

Stephen Myler: Northampton Saints ready to fight for the title

Stephen Myler is predicting the closest ever Aviva Premiership Rugby campaign and believes his Northampton Saints side will be right…

Sonatane Takulua expecting big things from Newcastle Falcons this season

Sonatane Takulua believes unity and a collective purpose, combined with an improved playing pool, can help propel Newcastle Falcons up…

Sonatane Takulua

Wasps name team for first pre-season fixture against Ulster

Dai Young has named a 26-man squad to take on Ulster Rugby at Kingspan Stadium in the first pre-season fixture…

Anglo-Welsh Cup 2017-18 launched

WORCESTER WARRIORS have the honour of hosting the opening match in this year’s Anglo-Welsh Cup on Friday 3 November, when…

Leicester Tigers win the Anglo Welsh Cup

Ally Hogg pleased by Newcastle Falcons’ early progress

Ally Hogg believes Newcastle Falcons are well set to attack the new Aviva Premiership season after a double dose of…

Ally Hogg

Topsy Ojo relishing Exiles return to Aviva Premiership Rugby action at HQ

Topsy Ojo believes there could be no more fitting way for London Irish to announce their return as an Aviva…

Newcastle Falcons’ Sonatane Takulua sees Philadelphia trip as a ‘great opportunity’

Newcastle Falcons’ Sonatane Takulua insists his side’s September clash with Saracens in Philadelphia will be no holiday for the players,…

Sonatane Takulua

Harlequins statement: Luke Wallace and Jonas Mikalcius

Harlequins can confirm today (Tuesday 15th August) that flanker Luke Wallace dislocated his hip during the pre-season friendly against London…

Luke Wallace

London Irish kick-off Anglo-Welsh Cup at home to Bath

London Irish will host Bath Rugby at the Madejski Stadium in the opening round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup on Saturday…

London Irish kick-off Anglo-Welsh Cup at home to Bath

HITZ graduate secures first full time job after being inspired by Premiership Rugby final

A teenager from Leigh who overcame a troubled home life and tackled confidence and communication issues thanks to Premiership Rugby…

Lucy Neal

Nick Kennedy delighted with first pre-season hit-out for London Irish

London Irish director of rugby Nick Kennedy is looking forward to seeing his side build on Saturday’s thrilling contest against…

Nick Kennedy