Much excitement from John Birch over at the Letchworth Girls Rugby Blog at the news that Deborah Griffin, chairwoman at the RFUW, has joined the RFU Council.
Deborah is the first woman ever to sit at the top table of English rugby and, with the Women’s Rugby World Cup in England imminent, the timing couldn’t be better.
“Getting a seat on the RFU Council is an important step in our transition to a fully integrated men and women’s game in England,” said Deborah, putting down her cigar and glass of port so that she could be measured up for her blazer.
In our own small way, Chesham Rugby Club has also struck a blow for integration with the recruitment of England Women’s prop Rochelle Clark as our Head Coach this season. “Rocky” (currently with the England squad preparing for the World Cup where she should win her 50th cap) will be responsible for coaching both the men’s and women’s teams as well as overseeing the transition of junior players into senior rugby.
I missed the first pre-season session last night with a severe bout of laziness so can’t comment on how she is settling in but it will be fascinating to see how this innovative appointment works out. The good news from Rocky's point of view is that the club is well stocked with plenty of young players who are eager to learn, as opposed to old, cynical, hairy-arsed know-it-alls like yours truly :)