Barking’s rugby women break new ground

PUBLISHED: 18:30 09 May 2013 | UPDATED: 21:11 09 May 2013

Barking have launched a new women's team

Barking have launched a new women's team


New rugby team ready for action.

Barking Rugby Club will break new ground when they host a women’s tournament on Sunday..

Their newly formed team will go up against the London School of Economics, Haringey Rhinos, a Barbarians style squad and others in a 10-a-side event.

And Michael Finnegan hopes it will lead to more interest in the women’s game.

He said: “The tournament was planned by Keith Hughes, a former Barking member, to help develop and encourage the growth of women’s rugby at Barking.

“As their coach I feel this will give some of the women an idea of what it’s like to play a competitive game and encourage them to continue playing the sport.

“We’re looking forward to the day and making a bit of history as the club has never had a women’s team before.”

Barking’s women train at the club on Wednesdays (7.30pm) and cater for all abilities.

Finnegan added: “It doesn’t matter if you never played before, it’s a great way to make friends and best of all it’s free.

“Women’s rugby has gone from strength to strength over recent years and participation is currently at an all-time high with nearly 14,000 women and girls currently registered as playing each week.

“So whether you want to play for fun or be right up there challenging for honours, there is a place for everyone to play women’s rugby at Barking Rugby Club.”

Anyone interested in more information can contact Michael Finnegan on 07513 960712.

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