Gloucester: Women’s team investment to grow’significantly.

Second row Zoe Aldcroft with her Gloucester team-mates
Zoe Aldcroft, second row Gloucester-Hartpury, was named World Rugby player of year in December

Gloucester says they are increasing their investment in the women's team since the 2022/23 campaign.

Gloucester-Hartpury placed sixth among the 10 teams in the Premier 15s table this season.

BBC Sport understands that increased funding will result in nearly three times the amount of funding for the team.

The Cherry and Whites board approved the investment to match a higher contribution from Hartpury University.

Gloucester-Hartpury began in 2014 and the team trained and played at Hartpury University.

Numerous players have been accepted into the university team pathway, including Zoe Aldcroft, second rower. voted World Rugby player of the year December: Captain Natasha Hunt and Natasha Hunt (both of whom also play for England).

Lance Bradley, chief executive of Gloucester Rugby, said that “Women’s rugby is going strength to strength.” “As an club, we want be at the forefront.”

Bradley stated that although there's still much work to do, the club's continued financial investment, future commitments from its partners and a strong desire to support and promote the Gloucester-Hartpury women's team will allow us to play an important role in the continuing rise of women’s rugby.

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