Rugby Women

It is about confidence and contact, fitness and femininity, pride and performance. Women's rugby is on the rise and there are lots of ways to get involved.

Rugby Women

Have you ever felt that fiery ball of fearlessness stir within you? Where doubt is squashed by determination? That’s your inner warrior. We all have one. We just have to meet it. And rugby empowers women to discover our inner toughness. Whether you’re tall or small, fast or powerful, tactical or combative, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve on the pitch. Because when we tackle our weaknesses, we also discover our strengths. Join us and be part of a band of fierce, fearless females, where anybody and any body can flourish. This is where inner warriors are both found and celebrated. After all, sport not only builds character, it also reveals it.

This is the game for you, get out of it what you want, play your way. Check out our list of FAQs here to find out more

“I discovered women’s rugby at university, and I just love it. Playing alongside my team gives me a feeling I can’t describe, and it’s brought out more confidence in me with everything I do. I just wish I’d started playing sooner.”

20-year-old Leeds University student

Many women and girls today are pushing themselves, they’re discovering how proud they are of their strength and their team. This is why the RFU is working towards getting 25,000 more women and girls playing contact rugby by 2017. And more and more clubs are keen to have womens' and girls’ teams playing in their colours and enjoying the club environment.

This season, the RFU awarded 48 professional women’s rugby contracts as they build towards the 2017 World Cup in Ireland, looking to retain their title.

We want all women and girls to have the opportunity to fulfil their potential on and off the pitch, whether that’s as a player, coach, referee or volunteer.

That’s why we’re inviting women and girls across the country to come and be a part of this unity of strength and discover the warrior within.

Maggie Alphonsi – Ex-England Rugby Player & World Champion, TV Rugby Pundit


Whether it's about rediscovering sport, honing your fitness or tapping into that inner warrior, O2 Touch is a fun and friendly environment for both men and women of all abilities to get involved in touch rugby. This is social fitness at its best. The sessions are sociable and inclusive, giving you the perfect opportunity to run out with friends and meet new people and become part of a unity of strength. Our TouchBase and TouchLeague events allow you to play at a time and at a level that suits you.


Warrior Camps are held regularly at clubs across the country and are a fun-packed, commitment-free way for females to get outside, get muddy and experience the dynamic, exhilarating sport of rugby for the first time. With plenty of help on hand, we will introduce you to the basics of rugby – passing, kicking and tackling, coupled with enjoyable fitness routines – helping you step out of your comfort zone and unearth your Inner Warrior.


15-a-side is the most common form of the sport - England are current World Champions! There’s a position for everyone in the 15-a-side team. Lots of rugby clubs across the country field a women's team and will welcome new players at any time of the year. It doesn't matter whether you've played the game before or are completely new to it, your local club will give you advice on how to get stuck in and release your inner warrior.


Sevens is a global sport with a huge following, and activities take place all over England. With only seven players in each team, it means more ground for each person to cover and more possession of the ball for each player – creating a faster, freer opportunity to unleash your inner warrior. It is a game that really exploits the basics of rugby – running, passing, tackling and decision making, and you will need speed, skill and stamina.
Want to play Women's Rugby? Search below to find your nearest women's club: