Audio: Olympic Legacy Can Be A Catalyst To Women’S Rugby

L-R: Danya Clark, Lisa Martin, Lindsey Smith, Dawne McPherson, Kath VassThis Sunday (16 September) sees the first competitive matches take-place in the RBS Women’s leagues.

Players from RBS Premier A and Premier B were in attendance at Murrayfield today to launch the start of the competition, but something that was at the forefront of all the players minds was the impact the recent Olympics and Paralympics had on women’s sport. They drew particular inspiration from the determination of Scottish rower Katherine Grainger.

Scotland and Murrayfield Wanderers utility back, Lisa Martin, said: “The Olympics were utterly inspiring to see people go beyond their perceivable best. Women’s rugby can definitely learn from this. It’s not the be all and end all if you lose one game or aren’t champions in a season. People have gone from Olympics to Olympics constantly getting silvers, like Katherine Grainger, and have worked hard for every single four year cycle to finally get the medal they rightly deserve.

“We can learn to keep on striving to go forward and get a better game so we can get to a point where we can rival that of the English leagues and even as far afield as Australia and New Zealand.”

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RHC Cougars winger, Dawne McPherson, said: “Since the Olympics there has been a lot more interest. Being a teacher the pupils have been inspired by women winning in sport like Jessica Ennis and Katherine Grainger in the rowing. A lot of the girls have been asking me questions about rugby since coming back from the holidays.

“I’m hoping because of the Olympics we can bring a lot more girls into the sport.”

Listen to the full interview with Dawne:

So following an extensive recruitment process during the summer in a number of the women’s clubs, in action this Sunday are Murrayfield Wanderers against Hillhead/Jordanhill and RHC Cougars against Melrose in RBS Premier A. In RBS Premier B Watsonians go head-to-head with Cartha Queens Park, Stirling County take-on Aberdeenshire Quines and Dundee University have a BYE.

Following this, RBS Premier C begins on Sunday 30 September and the women’s National League starts on Sunday 7 October.

Talking ahead of the weekend’s action, Stirling County flanker Danya Clark, told www.scottishrugby.org: “We are a very physical team and we like to play a rucking game so we are very excited about working extremely hard and showcasing our skills against Aberdeenshire Quines.

“We have attracted a couple of new players from the university and from our under-18s team over the summer and we have had a lot of success in the last few years so we will continue trying our hardest to compete this year.”

Listen to the full interview with Danya: