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Women’s rugby receives support from Saracens and RFU

Middlesex and Saracens Women enter a new partnership with the RFU to promote and support women’s rugby at the University

Staff from Middlesex and Saracens at Allianz Park Left to right: Laura Eddie (Chair of Saracens Women RFC), Dr Rhonda Cohen (Head of London Sport Institute at Middlesex), Mel Parker (Head of Sport and Recreation at Middlesex), Sonja Green (Club Captain, Saracens Women RFC)

Middlesex University, in partnership with Saracens Women, will become one of only six hub sites selected by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to drive improvements in the women’s elite game through focused support for talented players.

The England Women’s rugby programme has identified the university sector as a key potential source of support for its elite and emerging elite players and has selected Middlesex University to be a key partner in this area.

“By sharing first class expertise and world class facilities we are looking forward to growing Allianz Park into a high performance hub for talented female players.” Laura Eddie, Head of Saracens Women

Laura Eddie, Head of Saracens Women, is looking forward to strengthening Saracens’ relationship with Middlesex. "We are delighted to be entering into this partnership with Middlesex University and the RFU to enhance our rugby offer,” says Laura.

“Following the success of 7s rugby in Rio and with the 15s World Cup next summer, it’s an exciting time for the women’s game. We know there is some stellar talent out there and this partnership will allow us to unearth and nurture the next generation of international players.”

Mel Parker, Head of Sport at Middlesex University, says the investment by the RFU will help Middlesex become a leading force in women’s rugby. “We are excited by the opportunities which will develop from this investment into women’s rugby at the University, and to build on our existing links with Saracens Women,” says Mel.

“We hope this initiative will see Middlesex University as an institution of choice for budding players, and with our expertise in sports science and player development, we can play a part in the development of future England players.”

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