19th July 2019, 11:52
Wales' first open-age women's Rugby League game to be played in Cardiff on Saturday 27th July
The historic first ever open age Women’s Rugby League match in Wales will take place on Saturday 27th July between Cardiff Blue Dragons and Rhondda Outlaws at Glamorgan Wanderers RFC (kick- off 1pm).
Both of these community clubs have recently had their first training session as Wales aim to enter a side in the 2021 Women’s Emerging Nations Rugby League World Cup.
Girls matches between schools have been played in Wales in the past, but never before have two clubs formed women’s sides and organised a match.
Cardiff were first off the mark and have had three training sessions so far. Already fielding two sides at men’s open age as well as U12, U14 and U16 sides, their club membership has now further increased.
Alf Harvey, Cardiff’s interim head coach for the women’s side, said: “We saw a gap in the sport and part of Cardiff’s vision is that we engage the sport across all the community. There hasn’t been any women’s rugby league being played in clubs in Wales right now and we’d like to be the pioneers.
“Women’s sport in general has become more and more prominent over the years. Personally I don’t think it’s been taken seriously enough in the past and it’s something that this club want to do properly. We don’t want to have ‘Cardiff Blue Dragons Ladies’ or ‘Cardiff Blue Dragons Men’. We want to have ‘Cardiff Blue Dragons’. We want everyone to play under the same badge be it male or female.”
Rhondda Outlaws started training late this month, and whilst their numbers have been fewer than Cardiff’s at this point in time, they are determined to be part of the first ever open age Women’s Rugby League match in Wales, which will be played before the men’s encounter featuring both sides.
Outlaws' coach James Allen said: “We’ve a small enthusiastic group of female players who want to give rugby league a go. We’ve expanded a lot as a club over the last couple of years, introducing an U12 side this year and we hope to have U14s in 2020.
“Women’s Rugby League is important to the club and to Wales. There’s an East Wales v West Wales game coming up, plus internationals, and our ladies want to play for Wales in both friendly internationals and the Emerging Nations World Cup.”
WRL board member Gareth Kear, a former Wales rugby union Women’s head coach, said: “I’m delighted to see the Women’s game start to put down roots in Wales. Now we know we’re going to be in the Emerging Nations World Cup in 2021, we can start to prepare, and matches like this one next week are important to us.
“Good luck to both Cardiff Blue Dragons and Rhondda Outlaws and I’m sure this first match will be one to remember.”
Next week’s training sessions are as follows, with both sides able to welcome brand new players on the day should they wish to give rugby league a try.
Cardiff Blue Dragons – Glamorgan Wanderers RFC, CF5 4SR – Tuesday 23rd July and Friday 26th July at 7pm. https://www.facebook.com/cardiffrl/
Rhondda Outlaws – Taff Vale Park, Pontypridd, CF37 1BS – Thursday 25th July at 7pm. https://www.facebook.com/outlawsrl/