RugbyPass is covering the Women's game in greater depth than ever before as we count down to the 2021 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
England Women's Rugby
The England women's rugby team has and continues to be a dominant
force in the international game. In 2020, England’s Emily Scarratt was
crowned the first ever Women’s Six Nations Player of the Championship,
following on from their Grand Slam latest success. The Red Roses secured back-to-back Women’s Six Nations Grand Slams with a compelling 54-0 away victory over Italy. While
England have been hugely successful of late, it took until 1994 for the
Rugby Football Union for Women (RFUW) to be formed in England, after
years all of the home nations being run under one women's union.
The RFUW then merged with the RFU in 2009, when they adopted the Red Rose as their emblem. Now known as the Red Roses, the women's team is among the most feared on the planet. They won the Women's Rugby World Cup in 1994 and 2014. To quote World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont: “We firmly believe that the development of women in rugby is the single greatest opportunity for our sport to grow in the next decade, which is why we are proud to share our exciting new brand identity." The Red Roses have been a huge part of that evolution in England and have helped raise the bar on the international standard of the game. And the interest in the Red Roses and England in general is on the rise. The 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup final was Broadcast on primetime Saturday evening television in the UK, the concluding match attracted a peak audience of 2.65million on ITV1 alone, heralding a massive and growing interest in England Women's Rugby in general. The WRWC event was a huge success and the England womens rugby team were a huge part of that, even if they did fall at the final hurdle in Belfast.