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As the Rugby World Cup final draws ever closer, Londoners will have the chance to give rugby a go with an innovative scheme aimed at extending interest in the sport long after Saturday’s final.

This week sees Find Rugby hit Trafalgar Square, as a four day showcase of RFU’s participation & legacy programmes comes to the capital. The event, supported by the Mayor of London, is taking place until Thursday 29 October and forms part of the RFU’s legacy strategy to grow the game in this country.

Trafalgar Square has been transformed into a rugby friendly location featuring a purpose-built, astroturf rugby pitch and rugby-themed games and information area. 

On Thursday 29 October, the focus in particular will be on women’s participation as the RFU’s Rugby Women scheme, aiming to attract an additional 10,000 females into rugby, takes centre stage.  Participation in women’s rugby has doubled in the past 10 years and keen to attract even more women to the game, The RFU will be offering the free session between 3-5pm. What’s more the session will be hosted by England Squad members, Sarah Hunter MBE, Hannah Gallagher and Katie Mason.

The key focus is encouraging females into the sport with inclusive, enjoyable and informative sessions, whether they’re brand new to rugby, a sofa supporter or a returning player.  Open to women of all abilities, the sessions include skills, fitness and match play – with an introduction to tackling. 

Alex Teasdale, Rugby Growth Development Manager at the RFU, says: “England Rugby are hoping to get 10,000 more women into the sport by 2017, so we’ve launched these friendly Pitch up and Play sessions and are calling upon all the local ladies, regardless of age, ability or previous experience. These sessions are completely free and provide a fantastic introduction to newcomers, so bring along a friend, family member or colleague to give Rugby a try!”

All activities will take place each day from 10am until 5pm and the general public are invited to come down and get involved. 


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