Howe Harlequins rise as women’s game develops

Women’s rugby is on the rise across Scotland and, typically, local club the Howe of Fife is at the forefront of developing the game.

The club has recently introduced a female side to its long list of youth and senior squads.

The Howe Harlequins started up as a group of women looking to keep fit by taking up the sport, but has grown into a talented squad which is showing it’s more than capable of competing on the pitch.

Since the keep fit group launched, more women have joined the side and, as well as staying healthy, has developed a competitive element.

Howe did have a female side, which folded around seven years ago, but the new phoenix team shows no signs of following that same path.

Coach Gavin Anderson said: “We are currently the newest ladies team to form in Scotland and are taking part in the SRU run national development league (NDL) which runs every second month.

“This is designed for teams learning the game and consists of training sessions in the mornings and games in the afternoon.

“We have also arranged friendlies over the next couple of months with Edinburgh Uni Ladies, Greenock Wanderers Ladies and have been invited to take part in the St Andrews University rugby sevens.

“We also have one of our players, Nicola Howat, training with Scotland U20s.”

Like the other Howe teams, the club is based at Duffus Park and is regularly put through its paces by experienced rugby coaches.

But coaching can only give you so much if you’re new to the sport - and the side is doing a lot of its learning on the park.

“We held round five of the recent NDL on Sunday past on the all weather pitch,” added Gavin.

“The day was a great success.

“It was the first time we fielded a full squad and we were extremely proud of the girls.

“We can all feel the momentum starting to roll with fixtures now in the calendar and new members showing an interest in joining.”

With some of the players only taking up the sport six months ago, the team is inclusive for all - regardless of ability.

Training takes place from 6.30-8pm on Wednesdays and Sundays.

For further details on the club please contact Gavin at gavin@taysidegrain.co.uk