The Irish Rugby Football Union has a vision of being a sport of equal opportunity and access across all areas of our game.
We see the opportunity for Rugby to take a greater role in Irish society through increased participation of women in our sport. We aspire to give every female the opportunity to play and be involved in our game, where females can have a lifelong rugby experience, inspired by successful role models from within the game.
The IRFU established an Independent review group in November 2017, co-chaired by Mary Quinn and Su Carty, to evaluate and discern the strategic focus for the development of the women’s game in Ireland.
The plan outlined in the Women in Rugby Action Plan 2018-2023 aims to achieve the following over the course of the next five years.
- To be a sport of equal opportunity and access for all
- To optimise the quality of experience provided for female age-grade rugby players
- To drive a performance system that demands and supports development and competitive excellence
- To increase female participation to 20%, or more, across the game, including players, coaches, referees, volunteers and committees
Philip Browne, IRFU Chief Executive Officer Declan Madden, Chairman IRFU Management Committee
5,000 Adult Players
300 Women’s & Girl’s Teams
150 Secondary Schools
6,500 Youth Players
1,000 3rd Level Players
300 Female Players
80 Female Referees
WRWC 2021 Qualification & Top 6 Finish
One Women’s Six Nations (Top 3 otherwise)
Qualification for 2020 Olympics 7s
Qualification for 2020 Sevens Rugby World Cup
Win two Sevens World Series Tournaments
Consistent Top 6 Finish Sevens World Series
Consistent Top 2 Finish Rugby Europe U18s 7s