Sheffield Tigers Women's fundraising drive for Twickenham final

A women's rugby team from Sheffield is raising money to play in a national cup final at the sport's spiritual home.

Sheffield Tigers Women, who formed in 2021, will contest the Women's Junior Cup final against Thurrock Ladies II at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday 12 May.

The amateur outfit needs to raise about £5,000 to cover the cost of sending a 30-strong squad to the capital.

Captain Charlie Mucklow, 24, said she had been "blown away" by the amount of support they had received so far.

A fundraising page set up on Thursday evening had raised more than £2,300 as of Friday afternoon.

The team's director of rugby Liam Wallace said it was a "massive achievement" to have reached a national final just three years after forming.

"The girls are so tight-knit, so close, they do everything together," he added.

"They are a really nice group."

'Dream come true'

Charlie, who established the club with her friend Philippa Mills, said: "From that small dream a couple of years ago we have now got this massive rugby family who love each other so much.

"The commitment that comes through has got us into a position where we could go and play at Twickenham."

The team would be making a "dream for so many players" come true by playing at the home of England Rugby, added Charlie, a sport administrator by day who began playing rugby aged 17.

Tigers, who play their home games at Dore Moor, are currently third in the Women's National Championship 2 - the regionalised fifth tier of women's rugby union in England.

Their opponents in the final also play in the fifth tier and won their league this season.

"There's no reason why we can't go and do it on the day," said Liam.

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