England’s Rugby Football Union (RFU) has announced it will provide live streaming of games from its new elite women’s club league, the Premier 15s.
The rugby union body is to stream at least five matches from the new women’s domestic competition on its website free of charge, as part of a wider strategy by the RFU to grow the women’s game.
The RFU is investing UK £2.4 million over the next three seasons in the new league as part of its strategy to double the number of female players in England to 50,000 by 2021.
The news comes after the success of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland, in which England lost 41-32 to New Zealand in a dramatic final which pulled in a record 2.6 million viewers to ITV’s live coverage in the UK.
World Rugby also streamed the June round of its HSBC Women’s Sevens Series in Clermont-Ferrand.
An RFU spokeswoman said: "We are committed to live streaming at least five matches this season, and probably more, to grow the audience and reach of the women's game and the new competition."
The Tyrells Premier 15s kicked off on 16th September and includes ten clubs competing in a league format for the inaugural title. The top four progress to semi-finals which are to be played over two legs, culminating in a final on 29th April.