GRFU Women

Great news, the GRFU Women’s County programme is back…


This season we are entering the top tier in the Gill Burns County Championship 2022/23. The programme will be run over the course of the winter in preparation for the competition in May, which with the fantastic support of Gloucester-Hartpury, Cheltenham Tigers, Bath and many other local clubs, should put us in a fantastic position to get to the final at Twickenham.


The coaching team for the programme is as follows:

Our first training session was on 4th November,  followed by a web chat with Gloucester-Hartpury and Spain Captain Laura (Bimba) Delgado, explaining “A Week in the Life of a Professional Player”

Our next training session will be on 6th January at Hartpury College. 


Admittance into the programme does not guarantee a permanent place, however if players are asked to leave, our  scout will come and watch them  at their club, depending on when they are asked to leave, therefore giving all players every opportunity to prove themselves..

Sessions will be conducted to test and observe basic skills and ability to follow set patterns of play. There will be homework and zoom meetings in between our sessions. There will be professional strength and conditioning coaching, along with guest coaches from time to time.

As a tier one county we are looking to compete at the level just below the Premier 15s, therefore we require players who are committed to their personal development and to lifting the Gill Burns Cup at Twickenham in May. 

The remaining programme dates are as follows:

  • Friday 6th January 7-9pm 
  • Friday 3rd February 7-9pm
  • Friday 24th March 7-9pm
  • Friday 28th April 7-9pm
  • Friday 5th May 7-9pm
  • Sunday 7th May. Vs Surrey (A)


  • Friday 12th May 7-9pm
  • Sunday 14th May. Vs Buckinghamshire (H)
  • Friday 19th May 7-9pm
  • Sunday 21st May. Vs Berkshire (A)
  • Friday 26th May 7-9pm


  • Sunday 28th May. FINAL at Twickenham


The following clubs are represented this season: Gloucester-Hartpury, Cheltenham Tigers, Hartpury University, Bath, North Bristol, Aretians, Avonmouth, Dings, Drybook, Dursley, Hucclecote, Tewkesbury and Ivybridge, Plymstok.


Watch this space and social media for further updates on the county programme.


If you are interested in sponsoring the Women’s County Team, please get in touch by emailing