Worcester RFC has a thriving Ladies Section with two senior teams and two youth teams (Under 15s and Under 18s) offering rugby for all ages and standards from novices to internationals.
Since the Ladies 1st XV was established in 1993, the 1st XV has gone from strength to strength and were crowned Premiership champions for the first time in their 20-year history in the 2012/13 season.
The 1st XV are coached by ex-international Donna Kennedy, capped 115 times for Scotland, assisted by Steve Watkins, Jason Allen, with Kat Merchant as Backs Coach and are managed by Dave Guest.
The 2nd XV coaching team is led by Josh Phillips with support from ex-Worcester prop Kelly Phasey.
Worcester has a long history of international success, with five players representing their respective countries at the 2010 Rugby World Cup and three players in the England squad for the 2013 Sevens Rugby World Cup. Seven Worcester players were named for their respective countries at the 2014 Rugby World Cup.
New players are invited to come down to training to see for themselves what the Ladies Section are all about. Novices or experienced players, those wanting serious rugby or those keen to enjoy the social side of the game are all welcome. The Ladies train at 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the U15s and U18s from 7pm on Wednesday evenings on the Weston's pitches.
For further information on the Ladies sides please contact Karen Jones on 07876 554898 or David Guest on 07814185174. For the U15s or U18s contact Jason Bull on 07966804007.
Head Coach: Donna Kennedy
Assistant Coaches: Steve Watkins, Jason Allen, Kat Merchant, Josh Phillips, Kelly Phasey
2013/14 Premiership finish: 4th
England players include: Rochelle Clark, Heather Fisher, Laura Keates, Ceri Large, Katherine Merchant, Lydia Thompson, Megan Goddard
England Under 20s include: Bianca Blackburn, Courtney Gill, Amy Wigley, Rebecca Trist, Lark Davies, Lauren Chenoweth, Megan Goddard
Wales players include: Sian Williams
Scotland players include: Stephanie Johnston, Lyndsay O'Donnell, Tracy Balmer
Head Coach Profile: Donna Kennedy
Donna retired from an outstanding playing career in 2010, joining the Worcester coaching team in the following season and taking on the Head Coach role in 2013. Whilst the majority of her 115 caps for Scotland were as a back-row player, she did represent her country on four occasions on the wing. A hard-tackling and uncompromising player, Donna took no prisoners. She is passionate about her rugby and is determined to deliver the best for Worcester. Donna works in management for one of the Ladies' team's sponsors, Vets Now, and has been able to bring her vast organisational skills to ensure structured coaching sessions to develop individuals and the team.
Pre-season/Open days: Training on Tuesday and Thursday Evenings, 7pm at Westons Pitches
Open Evening: Thursday 21st August at 7pm with social event afterwards at the New Inn, Claines
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RFCWorcLadies
The New Inn
Manager - Dave Guest
Chairman - Karen Jones
Vice-Chairman - Dave Guest
Secretary - Tracy Balmer
Treasurer - Steve Watkins
Video - Neil Kennedy
Media Officer - Andy Baldwin
Photography - Andy Baldwin
Updates are also available in all Worcester Warriors home match programmes. For Ladies U18's and U15s rugby please click here.