We are thrilled to announce that Rosie Williams OBE and Shaunagh Brown will be joining the SRFU Trustee Board as Women’s Reps, helping us drive forward our priorities around the female game.
Both Shaunagh and Rosie have a truly exceptional background in the sport and bring with them a huge amount of experience and passion to the organisation.
Phil Attwell, SRFU Council Rep said “The arrival of Rosie and Shaunagh to the Trustee Board of the Students RFU will provide significant new impetus to university sport. While they will both be able to offer experience and guidance in the way that women’s rugby develops in the university sector at both grass roots and elite level, the passion that they both bring to the inclusion agenda will be much welcomed. Rugby Union is a game for all, and we want to make sure that rugby at university sets a standard that graduates can then take back into the broader rugby community when they leave their university clubs.”
We look forward to welcoming them into the team and excited for their contribution to the university game.
Shaunagh Brown hadn't played a minute of rugby until the age of 25. Less than two years later, she was representing her country at the highest stage.
Shaunagh is one of the stars of a hugely successful England side, playing every game of the 2019 Six Nations in which England won the Grand Slam, before repeating the feat in 2020.
She has dazzled at club level as well. leading Harlequins to their first ever Premier 15s title in May 2021 and has cemented herself as a leader within this fast-rising sport.
Before rugby, Shaunagh had a successful career in athletics - representing England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the hammer throw, as well as boxing professionally and competing in strong woman competitions.
Upon her appointment, Shaunagh said “I’m over the moon in becoming a trustee on the board of the Students’ RFU. Being part of an organisation who strive for change is what attracted me to the role and having a big focus on female participation is something that is very close to my heart. University rugby can be the epicentre of our national talent and plays such a huge role not only in creating the best rugby players around but growing fantastic people as well.”
Rosie Williams has had a long career in rugby she previously held the position of Managing Director of the Rugby Football Union for Women (RFUW) and Head of Rugby Delivery for the RFU managing the 200 strong field team. She also played an instrumental role in the success of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2010 as the Tournament Director.
Rosie was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2013 for her contribution to rugby in England, and now runs a successful consultancy business working across both sporting and commercial landscapes.
Rosie added “I am really looking forward to bringing my experience to the Trustee group. I think student rugby is a really important part of the game and needs to be nurtured and supported as such.“