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Lichfield MP blasts “extraordinary” decision to leave Lichfield Ladies out of elite rugby league

Lichfield’s MP says it is “extraordinary” that the city’s women’s team has been left out of the new national elite rugby competition.

The RFU left Lichfield Ladies out of the line-up for the new Women’s Super Rugby league, despite the club having been the breeding ground for a number of current and former internationals.

The decision led to an online petition signed by thousands of people, while Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant also wrote to the RFU to question whether the decision might have breached equality laws.

But a letter from RFU chief executive said the decision had been a fair one.

He said: “All applicants were required to deliver against a set of minimum operating standards which are designed to create an infrastructure within the clubs to support an increasingly professional game. An independently chaired panel received presentations from the clubs and reviewed each application.

“Lichfield Ladies were not successful but they have appealed the decision and it would not be appropriate to comment further while that process is ongoing.”

Mr Fabricant said he now intended to raise the situation in the House of Commons.

“Mr Ritchie has not addressed the issue of the Equalities Act which I raised with him,” the Conservative MP said.

“Given that six members of the national women’s rugby team are from Lichfield, it is extraordinary that Lichfield Ladies Rugby has been excluded from the Women’s Super Rugby league.”

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  1. Darryl

    22nd March, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Damn you RFU, you’ve got me agreeing with Fabbers on something!

  2. Toast

    22nd March, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Any excuse for Mickey to put his name to something popular.

  3. Darryl

    22nd March, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    To be honest Toast, this needs all the publicity it can get.