• England Women’s rugby team, the Red Roses, made a surprise visit to Reading Abbey RFC girls team – Watch the video here.
  • Red Roses players Maud Muir, Lydia Thompson and Lark Davies held a training session and presented the team with tickets to the Red Roses first stand-alone game at Twickenham Stadium on 29thApril for their crucial Six Nations match with France
  • Today it was announced that British girl band Sugababes will perform at half time during the match
  • More than 40,000 tickets have already been sold for the Red Roses v France Women’s Six Nations match which is set to break the record for the largest ever attendance for a women’s rugby match
  • Tickets can be purchased HERE

Players from England Women’s rugby team, the Red Roses, made a surprise visit to Reading Abbey RFC to give youngsters a training session that they’ll never forget. 

Red Roses players Maud Muir, Lydia Thompson and Lark Davies put girls from Reading Abbey RFC, aged between 10 – 12 years-old, through their paces with an energetic training session, giving them a taste of what it’s like to be an England Rugby player.

The visit was arranged by England Rugby partner, O2, who is on a mission to help close rugby’s gender awareness gap. They recently announced a new partnership with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Women’s Sport Trust with the mission to fill Twickenham Stadium by 2025.

As part of the training session, the Red Roses players also presented Reading Abbey youngsters with some tickets to watch them in action as part of their record-breaking standalone fixture against France in the Women’s Six Nations at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 29th April.

Not only will the youngsters from Reading Abbey RFC get to see the Red Roses in action, they will also get to experience a live performance from British girl band Sugababes who will perform for the first time at a sports venue when they take to the stage for the half-time show which is hoped will create a new generation of fans to the game.

Reading Abbey RFC Chairman, Samantha Wallis-Robinson, said:
“It was an incredible experience for our girls to meet and be coached by some of the Red Roses players. The young girls in our team look up to them and aspire to be playing at their level one day. We are all really looking forward to watching their huge match at Twickenham Stadium and really appreciate all of the support from the RFU and O2.”

Reading Abbey RFC U12 player, Alice Gomm, said:

“That was the best day I have ever had, the players were so much fun to be with and they got involved in our session. I will remember this day!”

Red Roses players Maud Muir, Lydia Thompson and Lark Davies, said: 

“It was great to see the girls in action and it’s exciting to see the next generation of talent who could one day play for the Red Roses. It’s always so much fun connecting with young players and giving something back to local clubs. We can’t wait to host them at Twickenham and hear them cheer us on to what is set to be a huge occasion for the team and women’s rugby.”

Gareth Griffiths, Director of Partnerships and Sponsorship at Virgin Media O2, said: 

“Through our partnership with England Rugby, we’re on mission to fill Twickenham for a Red Roses fixture – we’re calling it the ‘Journey to 82.’ It’s part of our long-term ambition to close rugby’s gender awareness gap and raise more awareness for our fantastic national women’s team. Seeing some of the Red Roses players meet the girls at the grassroots level shows how much impact this team are making – and we couldn’t be prouder to be associated with the team. The game at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 29 April is going to take women’s rugby in England to the next level with a record-breaking crowd and a half time performance from the Sugababes which should generate a brilliant atmosphere that is not to be missed.”

O2 are giving Priority users the chance to win a full hospitality experience when they purchase a ticket for the England v France Women’s Six Nations match. For more information, visit HERE.

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