October 2020

Harlequins Women announce host of star player re-commitments

Harlequins Women announce host of star player re-commitments ahead of 2020/21 Premier 15s season Following the new signing of former England Sevens player Beth Wilcock, Harlequins is delighted to announce the re-commitments of a host of star players ahead of the new season, with the Club's final squad for the 2020/21 season set to [...]

September 2020

The Transition from Player to Referee

HOW REFEREEING MADE ME EXCITED TO GET BACK ON THE RUGBY PITCH by Holly Myers, LAPS Partnership Manager for London & South of England Stepping onto a cold, wet, uneven, community rugby pitch in February this year, was the most nervous I have felt before a rugby game in a long time. It was [...]

August 2019

Gender neutral World Cup branding…

Former England rugby captain not satisfied with gender neutral World Cup branding Ex-England rugby captain Catherine Spencer has criticised the decision to drop the "Women's" title from the World Cup in a move towards gender-neutral branding. It was announced last week that World Rugby would become the first sports federation to make a change [...]

Mum’s Not the Word 2

At 10 weeks post-partum (posh way to describe after childbirth) I am very familiar with the things that they don’t tell you so I will share some more of my wisdom: Constipation and Haemorrhoids. Neither pleasant. Having really big ‘number 2’s’ (sorry there is no intelligent way of describing this) is also, weirdly, a common [...]

July 2019

Mum’s Not the Word

My last personal blog was written a whole three months ago so I thought it was about time I picked up the pen again, metaphorically speaking, and give you all an update on #BabyBear and #JeffTheFern. A lot has happened in three months. Firstly, I have lost over two stone. Amazing! And I lost the [...]

April 2019

Thea training like a Chief!

Hello. Here is my report. Thanks for putting in on your website!I'm Thea and I play for Bideford RFC U9s. I love rugby and I have been playing since I was in Reception.This week I went to Sandy Park in Exeter to the 2 day Train like a Chief camp. It was really fun. We [...]

Sandy and Danny

So, let’s start with the really shocking news. That apparently Hollywood are making a ‘prequel’ of Grease the musical. Noooooooo. Some things should just be left as they are. There is a reason that Dirty Dancing: Havanna Nights (also an attempt at a prequel of sorts but basically with the same story line) completely ‘bombed’. [...]


I am now 33 weeks. That is DD minus 7 weeks. 7 is not a very big number. I know this because when only 7 people are put on a rugby pitch there is an inordinate amount of space. I currently have a similar sense of fear as I would if asked to actually play [...]

Kenyan Rugby Girls

Hello all, I just received this email from Carolyn and Bill Kirk at the Nanyuki Children's Charitable Trust, and I wanted to share it with as many people as I could - as soon as I could - so here it is. As many of you will know, I have already used this platform to [...]

March 2019

8 Years

8 years ago, I hung up my England rugby boots. This now means that I have been retired from international duty for longer than my playing career of 7 years. I am not quite sure how I feel about this. Mixed I think is the word. But one thing I do know is that even [...]

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