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Alex Rowles (OI 2008-10) Women's Rugby is Growing in Popularity

Alex Rowles (OI 2008-10) played hockey while at Ipswich School, she was the goal keeper for the first team. At university, still keen to take part in team sports she started playing rugby.
21 Aug 2023
Alumni News
Alex Rowles by the Bury St Edmunds Rugby Pitch
Alex Rowles by the Bury St Edmunds Rugby Pitch

When she returned to Suffolk to start her career working with the Royal Society of Chemistry Alex joined the Bury St Edmunds Rugby team, the women’s section was known by the “Foxes” moniker at the time. Alex helped the team gain promotion into the 3rd tier of rugby, Championship Midlands 2, where they have stayed with a mid-table finish for the past four seasons. 

The Bury men’s and women’s teams are at the highest level of rugby played in Suffolk, and already have great links with Ipswich School through Jacob Ford (Ipswich School's, Director of Rugby) and a number of students coming into the 1st XV Men’s side. The women’s and girl's sides are growing, with the girl's section going from five registered players to over 50 at training.

The growth of women’s rugby across the country is huge, England will host the Rugby World Cup in 2025 and the game has become very family friendly with tickets for last year’s Six Nations game against France at Twickenham being priced at £15 for adults and £5 for children. 

The Bury St Edmund's Women's and Senior Performance Squad players train and play, all whilst fulfilling full-time jobs away from rugby. Alex said, "To play at this level requires great commitment - both in energy and financial terms meaning sponsorship is vital. This makes a huge difference in the women’s game - with small wins being easily achieved through extra support -  see how well women’s sport across the country has improved in football, cricket and rugby."

"If there are individuals, families or businesses you know who would be able to help our teams and join the #buryrugbyjourney please get in touch with the Club secretary ("

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