Two Irish rugby players, who moved to Merseyside two years ago, are hoping a seven-figure cash injection into the women’s game will improve their prospects.

Emma Douglas and Zara Thorpe haven’t found clubs to play for since moving to the area.

England Rugby have promised a £7 million grant to improve Women’s rugby in the UK. The money will look to improve all aspects of the sport.

By 2027, the RFU will deliver a transformational Rugby World Cup 2025 Impact programme in partnership with HM Treasury, DCMS (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) and Sport England.

The objective of this fund is to ‘Enhance the rugby club experience for females’ as set out in the RFU’s Every Rose Action Plan.

Within the programme grant funding is available for:

  • The provision of basic sanitary requirements.
  • Improvements to rugby club female toilets.
  • Impact refurbishments to create female friendly club social spaces.
  • Enhancements to existing and construction of new female changing rooms.