Get to know Wasps FC Ladies ahead of Double Header

Date: 11 Oct 2018

Get to know Wasps FC Ladies ahead of the Double Header at Ricoh Arena on Saturday 20 October, as Wasps’ Heineken Champions Cup clash with Bath Rugby is followed by Tyrrells Premier 15s action as the ladies take on Richmond Women!

About Wasps FC Ladies

Wasps FC Ladies play in the Tyrrells Premier 15s, the top flight of domestic women’s rugby.

After a disappointing 2016/17 where they finished seventh out of eight in the previously-named Women’s Premiership, Wasps impressed last year in the inaugural Tyrrells Premier 15s where they finished third and competed in the play-offs for the title before missing out to Harlequins Ladies in the semi-finals.

This season has seen the ladies continue their forward momentum as they’ve won three of their first five matches to sit in fourth place in the table and on course for another play-off place.

We caught up with Director of Rugby Giselle Mather, who has been at the Club since November 2016, to try and realise the ambitions of the ladies and what we can expect to see at the Ricoh on Saturday 20 October.

What are Wasps FC Ladies’ ambitions?

“This season we have huge ambition to raise our game again and compete in the final of this year’s competition which is being played at Franklin’s Gardens on 27 April 2019. In the longer term, we want to build a sustainable high-performance environment where we consistently compete at the top level of the domestic league and we want to have a thriving, positive place for athletes to develop and enjoy their rugby while achieving their aims and aspirations within the game.”

Tell us about the Wasps FC Ladies squad...

“We have an excellent squad that is highly motivated, hard working, balanced and committed. We have 60 registered players with a further group on loan who all train together and compete for first-team shirts. We are developing genuine strength in depth with our development side’s current unbeaten status in the Tyrrells Development League testament to the development of players who have seamlessly slotted into the first-team already this season.”

What can fans at the Ricoh expect on Saturday 20 October?

“We have a mobile pack and very quick outside backs and we aspire to play a wide expansive game. We have had a very positive start but have not yet hit anywhere near our full potential. With a lot of new players this season it takes time to develop, understanding our way to play under pressure, and to develop the combinations between players necessary to play our brand of rugby. We are improving week on week and hope that the performance at the Ricoh Arena will be one we can be proud of and one that will entertain the supporters who perhaps are seeing their first women’s game at this level.

“Richmond are a very good side that have improved game on game this season. They have a strong pack and a very experienced kicking ten with some powerful outside backs. It will be a competitive contest.”

How exciting is it for the team to be part of a Double Header with the men’s side?

“This is a momentous day in the history of Wasps Ladies and indeed for women’s sport. The opportunity to play at the Ricoh Arena in our first Double Header with our male counterparts is another huge step forward for the women’s game and for women’s sport in general. To bring all the Wasps family together, from the supporters to the legends through to Wasps FC's U6s on this Wasps Heritage Day, to cheer on two highly competitive sides at the top of their game, is a special day in the Black and Gold history.

Tell us a bit more about the Tyrrells Premier 15s...

“The Premier 15s is a fantastic competition that has really made a huge impact at the top level of the women’s domestic game in this country. The injection of funding and a lead sponsor governed by the minimum standards that have to be met, have made a massive impact on the experience of every athlete competing in the league. The increased level of coaching, strength and conditioning, medical and analytical support coupled with sports psychology, nutrition and lifestyle advice, has made a significant impact on performance that is getting better and better week on week at the moment. It is hugely exciting to see how this will continue to progress.”

Wasps FC Ladies internationals

  • Rochelle Clark – Loosehead prop. Most-capped player in women’s international rugby having just retired with 137 caps for England.
  • Danielle Waterman – Full back. Just retired from England duty with 82 caps plus represented England Sevens at Olympic Games.
  • Claire Purdy – Prop/hooker. Retired England international with 43 caps and also represented Barbarians.
  • Harriet Millar-Mills – Number eight. 51 caps for England.
  • Amy Cokayne – Hooker. 41 caps for England.
  • Katy Mason – Wing/centre. 13 caps for England and represented England Sevens.
  • Amy Wilson-Hardy – Winger. Ten caps for England and represented England Sevens at Olympic games and Commonwealth Games.
  • Abigail Dow – Wing. 5 caps for England.
  • Claudia Macdonald – Scrum half. Part of England Women’s Performance Squad.
  • Claire Molloy - Openside flanker. 63 caps for Ireland.
  • Cliodhna Moloney – Hooker. 18 caps for Ireland.
  • Gemma Rowland – Centre. 17 caps for Wales and represented Wales Sevens.
  • Nora Baltruweit – Lock. 2 caps for Germany and also represented Barbarians.
    • Tova Derk – Winger. Represented Barbarians and also Sweden Sevens.

Tickets for the Double Header are available from just £18 by clicking here or calling 02476 786 411.