Lichfield Ladies RUFC bid to overturn Super League exclusion

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Lichfield Ladies RUFC will soon find out if an appeal against exclusion from the new Women’s Super League has been successful.

The club is expecting a decision from the RFU after appealing their original ruling.

The new Super League is due to start in September, but the RFU had ruled that the club did not meet the entry criteria regarding coaching staff, players and facilities.

Becky Williams, director of Lichfield women’s rugby, said all their efforts are going into overturning the decision.

“We will deal with things day by day and we do hope the RFU see they have made a mistake,” she said.

“We have fought very hard to get to where we are as one of the best clubs in the country for women’s rugby as a top community club.

“Whatever the decision will be it’s out of our hands as we will deal with this accordingly. We will do whatever we can to continue to promote women’s rugby.”

More than 1,200 people turned out last weekend when Lichfield played their final Premiership game, winning 48-0 against Richmond Ladies.

An online petition has also received more than 5,000 signatures as the local community and people from further afield back their campaign.

Williams added: “The crowd was absolutely outstanding and I think everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day.

“Through the years, players have come and gone but cut them in half they are still Lichfield red and green in the middle and that will never change.”

Six of the current squad won the 6Nations with England and Lichfield is likely to lose star players if the club fails to join the Super League.

Regardless of the RFU’s decision, Lichfield will take on Aylesford Bulls in the play-offs at home next Sunday at 5pm.

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