Richmond Women

Our Richmond Women remain one of the oldest and most successful women’s rugby clubs on the planet.


Founded in 1986. We became the first women’s rugby club in the world to run two teams.
In 1986/87 the first Richmond Women’s captain Mary Forsyth and her team gained their first honours, winning the National 7s. Under Dee Mills, they won the National League title a season later.
In 1998/99 Carol Isherwood and Pat Harris led Richmond to victory in the National Cup and the National Sevens.
Debbie Francis’ side took the Championship of the National League in 1990/91 before winning the National Cup the following year.
In 1993/94 Mary Harrington’s side added to the silverware by winning the National Cup once more.
In 1994/95 the team, led by Sue Butler, put two more ‘pots’ on display, winning the National League and the National Cup.
At the end of the 1995/96 season, we won the National 7s and carried on to win the National League the following year.
In 1999/2000 Nicky Coffin’s team won the National 7s and the National Cup, which they went on to regain in 2002.
In 1999 Richmond’s second team achieved glory in the Amsterdam 7s, an honour they went on to retain for a further three years.
In 2002/03 a Junior Academy was set up and the First XV finished second in the National Premiership 1. A year later the Third XV was named the Impalas.
In 2004/05 two Richmond teams reached the final of the Stoneygate 7s.
In 2006/06 under the leadership of Nicki Jupp and Dawn Mason, Richmond became National Cup winners for a record seventh time, adding the National 7s title by defeating Saracens.
In 2009/10 we won the Premiership title and went on to win again in 2010/11, 2011/12, 2013/14 and 2015/16. We finished Premiership runners-up in 2012/13 and 2014/15.
We also won the National Cup in 2015/16 and our Second XV won the Women’s Championship South in 2015/16.
In 2017/18, 2018/19 , 2019/20 we played in the newly former Premier 15s, running a First XV and a Development Squad (Second XV).
In 2020/21 Richmond Women will compete in the Women’s Championship under new Head Coach Mark Cadogan, with a First XV and a Second XV.
To join our Richmond Women’s section please contact Mark Cadogan on

Head Coach – Mark Cadogan

Mark, is an RFU Level 3 qualified coach, who joined Richmond from Harlequins Women where he was Assistant Coach for the Women’s First XV and the Lead Coach for the Development Squad and the Centre of Excellence.
During his time with Harlequins, Mark played a key role in the success of the Women’s programme, helping the first-team finish runners-up in the Premier 15s in the last three seasons, as well as coaching the Development Squad to 10 wins from 12 matches in season 2019/20.

Mark has also previously coached at the Warlingham RFC, Rosslyn Park FC, Surrey Rugby and the HMP Feltham Young Offenders Rugby Programme.

2nd XV League Finals, Plate Semi Finals, Pool 1, Premier 15s, Premier 15s 2nd XV League Pool A, Premier 15s Development League, Premiership Final, Women's Championship South 1, Women's Championship South East 2, Women's Premiership, Women's Premiership Semi-Finals
2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22

Women’s Championship South 1 2021/22



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