Leicester Tigers have launched a ladies’s crew in a merger with Lichfield to compete within the second tier of English ladies’s rugby.
‘Lichfield Leicester Tigers’ will play at each Welford Street and Lichfield’s Cooke Fields in Championship North 1.
Tigers mentioned they needed the crew to play “on the highest potential degree”, and instructed they may apply for a Premier 15s licence in 2023.
When asserting the formation of the programme and hiring former England full-back Vicky Macqueen as head of rugby, Tigers mentioned they have been trying to “develop rugby” within the space in addition to “engaged on the governance and logistics” of working an elite ladies’s crew.
The membership have determined to hitch up with Lichfield in a “multi-year” settlement to launch their first crew, with the golf equipment combining on neighborhood work in addition to on-field issues.
“Lichfield will likely be unbelievable advisers on our journey,” mentioned Leicester chief govt Andrea Pinchen.
“We are going to work with them in any respect ranges to make sure their legacy continues and extra ladies and women take up the sport.”
Pinchen added they may look so as to add extra gamers to the squad themselves via their trial days.
The West Midlands facet have a proud historical past in ladies’s rugby, having performed on the high of the sport for the reason that early 2000s and bringing via England internationals equivalent to Emily Scarratt, Natasha Hunt and Heather Fisher.
Lichfield utilized for a licence to play within the inaugural Premier 15s in 2017, however weren’t profitable.
Each three years, the Rugby Soccer Union (RFU) opens a bidding course of for golf equipment to have a crew within the league, that means there isn’t any promotion or relegation.
Leicester, Bathtub and London Irish, in addition to Northampton and Newcastle, are the one Premiership groups to not have a facet within the Premier 15s.
Bathtub and London Irish introduced earlier this yr that they’d even be making use of for licences in 2023.
It raises the prospect of two elite rugby ladies’s programmes competing in Leicestershire, with Loughborough Lightning, who’ve England stars equivalent to Scarratt and Helena Rowland of their crew, making the semi-finals of the competitors final season.