Inaugural Tyrrells Premier 15s final to be held at Vallis Way
The Rugby Football Union has announced the inaugural Tyrrells Premier 15s final will be held at Ealing Trailfinders on 29 April 2018 at 3pm (live on Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Mix).
The top four teams in the competition will progress to semi-final play-offs, played over two legs on the weekends of the 7/8 April and 14/15 April with the finalists competing for the title.
In addition to the Tyrrells Premier 15s final, it has been confirmed that the National Girls U15 and U18 Cup finals will also be played earlier in the day with K.O. scheduled for 11am and 12:45pm respectively.
Tickets are on sale now with a limited early bird offer available at £5 adult while kids under 16 go free. For more information visit EnglandRugby.com/tickets.
“The Tyrrells Premier 15s inaugural season has been an overwhelming success for the development of the women’s game in England," said RFU head of women's performance Nicky Ponsford.
"We are committed to building a sustainable future for women’s rugby and to do this it was vital that we invested in the foundations of the game at club level.
“Through the Tyrrells Premier 15s we are now closing the gap between club level and international level and growing the pool of players available for international selection. We have seen a number of success stories this season with new players being identified through the competition and going onto represent their country at elite level.”
Tyrrells Premier 15s kicked off on 16 September 2017, with 10 teams competing to take home the inaugural title. The competition operated in a league format with home and away fixtures.
Clubs involved in the competition will benefit directly over the next three years from the RFU’s £2.4m investment. Each club will be required to deliver against agreed minimum standards and provide high-quality coaching, facilities, training environments and community engagement plans.
Tyrrells' marketing director Adam Draper, added: "We're incredibly proud to sponsor the inaugural elite women’s rugby competition, Tyrrells Premier 15s.
"The partnership between Tyrrells and the RFU is a union of two much loved and iconic English brands, working together to inspire more women to take part in rugby.
"It's been a very successful first year we hope that, with our support, the Tyrrells Premier 15s will continue to help the RFU increase participation and interest in the women’s game, as well as continue to strengthen and grow the England Women’s rugby team. We're looking forward to seeing who takes home the trophy at the final in April."