Bill Wiggin MP met the World Cup winning English Women’s Rugby team last week to learn about plans to encourage more women and girls to follow in their footsteps.

England beat Canada in the final in Paris earlier this month to win the Rugby World Cup, then on Wednesday 3 July were welcomed to the Houses of Parliament as the RFU, the governing body of English rugby, launched a nationwide strategy to encourage 100,000 women and girls to get involved in rugby.

Bill Wiggin MP said: “It was a great pleasure to meet the England Women’s rugby team and have the opportunity to congratulate them on their world cup triumph, they have done brilliantly.

Thanks to the magnificent efforts of some really dedicated parent coaches my son Jack plays rugby with Ledbury RFC and I have never forgotten watching England’s men win the World Cup at Luctonians.

Rugby is a wonderful sport and we need more girls playing too.

I’m sure many girls will be inspired by the brilliant success of the England Women’s World Cup winning team and I look forward to hearing more about the RFU’s work in North Herefordshire to encourage more local women and girls to take up rugby.”

The RFU is seeking to capitalise on the enthusiastic support England received during the tournament and ensure that rugby clubs throughout the country are ready and able to receive a new generation of females inspired by the triumphs of England.

The RFU will be targeting work in 200 community rugby clubs across the country.