Category: Rugby Union

Enough is enough; it’s time to provide female athletes with the kit they deserve

It’s incredible to think how much advances in technology have influenced sport in recent years. Video referees, sport and exercise science, HawkEye, undersoil heating, pay-per-view, electric engines – all of these and more have changed how we view nearly every event. Compare most to… Continue Reading “Enough is enough; it’s time to provide female athletes with the kit they deserve”

“Whatever your body looks like, be proud because it’s serving you well”

How do you feel about how you look? According to a survey conducted by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) and YouGov in 2019, 20% of UK adults said they felt shame because of their body image, while 19% admitted being disgusted. In addition, 37%… Continue Reading ““Whatever your body looks like, be proud because it’s serving you well””

“The support showed that people are ready for more women’s sport, more women’s rugby”

Women’s sport is unquestionably on the rise, both in terms of its acceptance and popularity. But with this also comes an increased awareness of how unequally male and female athletes are still often treated. No better was this shown that just a few weeks… Continue Reading ““The support showed that people are ready for more women’s sport, more women’s rugby””

Lionesses’ Wembley extravaganza epitomised #BeSeenBeHeardBeInspired; now we need all sports to get on board

“Daddy, I think I want to be a goalkeeper.” This was the heartwarming statement made by a young girl sat behind me as nearly 78,000 people watched the Lionesses take on Germany at Wembley at the weekend. Despite being no older than six, she… Continue Reading “Lionesses’ Wembley extravaganza epitomised #BeSeenBeHeardBeInspired; now we need all sports to get on board”

#42) Harlequins

Photo credit: @HarlequinsWomen Women’s rugby is on an incredible upward curve right now. It seems that every five minutes something groundbreaking occurs, whether it be the introduction of full-time contracts, new sponsors for major tournaments or outstanding performances. Attendance figures have also been smashed… Continue Reading “#42) Harlequins”

Women’s Six Nations Special: Jade Konkel

There are few better sights in rugby than seeing a forward charging at full pelt, ball in hand, bouncing off tackles left, right and centre. The modern era of the game has been privileged to see some of the best exponents of this, from… Continue Reading “Women’s Six Nations Special: Jade Konkel”

Women’s Six Nations Special – Leah Lyons

Despite all its flaws, social media can be a powerful tool for discussing some of the biggest issues in today’s society. No-one knows this better than Leah Lyons, the Irish star who shot to prominence during the 2018 Women’s Six Nations with just one… Continue Reading “Women’s Six Nations Special – Leah Lyons”

#34) Katy Daley-McLean

There isn’t much that can be said about Katy Daley-McLean that hasn’t been uttered on numerous occasions already. The caytoo athlete has been an icon of English rugby for more than a decade, inspiring thousands of women and young girls the length and breadth… Continue Reading “#34) Katy Daley-McLean”

#33) Women’s Six Nations Special – England

The 2019 Women’s Six Nations kicks off tonight when England take on Ireland determined to overcome the disappointment of finishing second last year. Captain Sarah Hunter and her Red Roses side missed out on a second consecutive title with an agonising one point defeat… Continue Reading “#33) Women’s Six Nations Special – England”

#14) Tamara Taylor

What is it that defines an athlete as a ‘legend’? Some base it on the number of trophies, accolades and records a sportsperson collects over their career, others on the length of time an individual represents their country at the elite level for. Furthermore… Continue Reading “#14) Tamara Taylor”