A recent piece in the Telegraph described how Richmond Rugby Club has been “breaking down gender barriers with its ‘One Club’ philosophy”. It emphasised the progressive nature of integrating the male and female club rugby players, and the advantages that this brings to the women’s team, and indeed the men’s team too. It’s an interesting … Continue reading The “One Club” mentality: myth or reality?
We’re on a break they said. The good kind, where you just have a rest from each other, Like a trip to Copenhagen to eat nice food by the river. Not the kind which leads to a Conscious Uncoupling. There’s been the odd lapse: Sevens tournaments are always a moment of weakness. Touch and tag - … Continue reading Preseason: A Poem (of sorts)
You have to live under a rock to have not seen that today is International Women's Day. With all the incredible positivity we've seen in the media around women's sport, #thisgirlcan, and specifically women's rugby today, I wanted to reflect on my personal experiences of how far we’ve come, and how far we have to go. There are … Continue reading On picking your battles #IWD2018
The five stages of grief applied to building up to a winter evening training session. Denial. “I haven’t seen a text from coach on the WhatsApp group yet. It’s been raining so much I bet the ground will be waterlogged. It’s minus 3, we can’t possibly train in this we’ll literally get hypothermia and die … Continue reading The Five Stages of Grief: Training in Winter
Since women came to rugby slightly later than men, we suffer the consequence in a few ways. The biggest and most frustrating of these is the Sunday fixture. Waking up on game day can sometimes therefore mean getting a few pints of water down you first thing. More often than not it also means a … Continue reading A (match) day in the life of a South London amateur rugby captain
It’s time to put your hand up, stand up, and be counted.
This Sunday, 9th April, sees the Streatham-Croydon Salamanders challenge for their places at the top of the Women's National Challenge London & South East South 2 league. We know, it's quite a mouthful. This year has been a veritable rollercoaster of learning curves for the team, our first in a competitive league. From our stalwart … Continue reading Ladies Challenge for the Title: A Plea for Support