Female rugby in Ulster is enjoying a huge growth in profile and participation numbers.
This is largely due to the recent success of the Ireland squad, which features many Ulster players. The 15-a-side Ireland team won the 6 Nations Grand Slam for the first time in their history in 2013 and reached the semi finals of the World Cup on 2014.
For those with the talent and drive there are realistic possibilities of world travel and competition. There really has never been a better time to get involved. We are always on the look-out for new players, coaches and volunteers to help continue the development of the female game.
World Rugby selected Ireland to host the Women’s Rugby World Cup in August 2017 at locations in both Dublin and Belfast.
The tournament pool stages were hosted at University College Dublin before moving to Belfast for semi-finals and finals at Queen’s University Sport and Kingspan Stadium.
The Ulster Women’s team, sponsored by Deloitte, is selected from the best club players in the Province each year.
They compete in an inter-provincial series against their counterparts from Connacht, Leinster and Munster.
There are currently 25 clubs with dedicated female sections (adult, youth or both).
The Women’s game is contact based, although newcomers to clubs would not be expected to get involved in full contact until they are both competent and confident to do so. Coaches and players at the various clubs will happily welcome you and help you to progress at a rate that you are comfortable with.
Currently games are generally played on a Sunday with training nights varying between the local clubs. There are opportunities to play both for fun but also there is a pathway for the more competitive players.
The Girls Schools’ Cup is a non-contact version of the game involving over 60 schools from across the Province. The competition was won by Enniskillen Collegiate last year.
This tournament is a non-contact version of the game with no tackling, no pushing in the scrum and no jumping in the lineout. The competition kicks off in February, with the final taking place at Kingspan Stadium in March.
The majority of the current Ulster Women’s squad have progressed through the Girls Schools’ Cup competition, many of whom have also represented Ireland.
Ulster Rugby has a designated Female Development Officer who acts as the point of contact for all enquiries relating to female rugby within Ulster. Please contact:
NEAL JOHNSTON (Female Development Officer)