Monday, August 18, 2008

Herts Womens and Girls Rugby Development Meeting Mon 8th September

The next meeting of the HWGRDG has been postponed from Mon 1st Sept to Mon 8th Sept. it will take place at Welwyn RFC starting at 7.30. If you have not previously attended these meetings (usually 3-4 times a year) this group works together to plan Tournaments, run the County Teams, exchange Best Practice and advice, and to try and help each other develop Womens and Girls Rugby in Herts. If your club does not send a rep to the group and would like to do so, or if you are a regular attendee who has a specific Agenda item, then please e-mail me on

Sunday, August 17, 2008

New RFUW Head of Development

Guinness Premiership Referee David Rose will join the Rugby Football Union for Women as Head of Development in September.
Rose, who was born in Birmingham and now lives in Plymouth, will join the RFUW from the RFU where he has been working as a Midlands Referee Development Manager. Previously, he has also worked for the International Rugby Board (IRB) as a Regional Development Manager, the National Coaching Foundation as a Coaching Development Officer and as a Youth Development Officer for the North Midlands Rugby Union.
Rose, in this brand new position, is tasked with ensuring women’s and girls’ rugby becomes a fully integrated part of rugby in England. He will work closely with the RFU, Sport England and other delivery agencies to ensure that there are as many opportunities as possible open to women and girls to play rugby.
Rose said: “This is a fresh new challenge for me. These are exciting times for women’s rugby as it continues to grow and the national teams strive for more success.
“I believe that much of what I have experienced so far professionally will be of invaluable experience to this new position, but I also understand that there are several new challenges ahead. I am very much looking forward to getting stuck in, in September.”
Rosie Williams, Managing Director of the RFUW, added: “We are really excited that David is joining us. He is very well known and highly respected in the game and will bring experience and knowledge to the RFUW.
“The RFUW is continuing to grow and women’s and girls’ rugby is becoming an important part of the game across the country. That is why this is such an important appointment.”

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Under 18s Women’s Talent Development Group for 2008/09 named

The RFUW have announced the names of girls selected for next season's 36-strong U18 Talent Development Group (TDG) - including three from Hertfordshire:
  • Hannah Gallagher (Welwyn)
  • Claire Shutler (Saracens)
  • Megan Williams (Welwyn)
Following selection from four regional High Performance Academies, 55 under 18s were invited to attend the National Talent Development Group trials at a three day camp in July at Hartpury College, Gloucester. Players took part in an intensive programme of nutritional workshops, strength and conditioning education, fitness testing, and rugby coaching sessions over the three days. Following the camp, the final 36 players were selected for the TDG.

Tom Stokes, the RFUW’s Player Development Manager, said: “The TDG, in its third year, is a programme designed to provide the very best Under 18s players with a thorough, planned and progressive individual player development programme. The group provides a step up from county and regional rugby and aims to raise the standard of England representative players and squads for future years.”

The 36 selected players will attend another TDG camp in August as well as national and local sessions over the season. They will receive core rugby skill development, game understanding, strength and conditioning education and development, nutritional advice, sports psychology, performance lifestyle, online training diaries and training kit.

Congratulations to those selected. The full national list can be found here

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

England U20 trials

The first round of open trials for the England Under 20’s squad will take place on Saturday 6th September 2008 at RAF Halton, Aylesbury (please click here for directions). Following the open trials approximately 50 players will be selected to play in two trial matches, on Sunday 28th September and Saturday 18th October 2008. Both matches will be played at Birmingham University.

The England U20’s squad gives the next generation of talented players the opportunity to train and play within an international environment. The RFUW is committed to the identification and development of players of the future and it is anticipated that players from the U20’s age group will progress further and represent the England Senior Squad at future World Cups and 6 Nations competitions.

To be eligible to trial for England U20’s players must be:
  • Eligible to play for England
  • Over 17 years old and under 20 years old on or before 31st August / 1st September 2008
To download a registration form click here

Whilst the trials remain ‘open’ we encourage players who have played Regional Rugby to register and attend.

Players should arrive to register by 10.30am to register. The trials will finish at around 4pm. All players should bring own lunch / refreshments, training and playing kit (including protective clothing).

Final Information regarding the trials will be sent to you via e-mail in the week commencing 1st September 2008.