The Front Row Union can exclusively reveal that top Women’s All Ireland League sides, Railway Union and UL Bohemians will be joining the English Women’s Premier League for the 2019 – 2020 season.
This will come as a major shock to the IRFU who have spent an “absolute fortune” trying to develop the women’s club game and the announcement comes amidst rumours that top Ulster side Cooke RFC Women will seek branch approval to apply to compete in the Scottish based Tennants Women’s Premiership, with their players declaring for Scotland, having been overlooked by the Ireland Women’s selectors for the past four seasons.
Railway Union will be taking the first steps of their transition when they travel to London this weekend to play top English side Wasp Women. We caught up with a Railway insider at the All Ireland Finals this weekend who told The FRU that, “it’s the first steps in forming an European League”.
It is believed that the Women’s English Premiership will rebrand as the Tayto English Premiership as the Irish powerhouse crisp manufacturers seek to expand their customer base into England.
A spokesman for Tayto, Poar O’Fill told The FRU,
” We’ve been looking at ways to disrupt Tyrells and Hunky Dorys dominance of the women’s upper middle class sports snack profile and the involvement of these teams in the, soon to be rebranded, Tayto English Women’s Premiership gives us the ideal involvement window profile opportunity.
The possible involvement of Cooke in the, soon to be rebranded, Tennants & Tayto Women’s Premiership combines two great sports brands to deliver an isotonic match recovery pint of Tennents coupled with the far superior, nutritionally balanced potato based snack that we make in Tandragee. These are already the staple recovery package for the discerning rugby player in Ulster and we hope to do the same in Scotland.”
A spokeswoman for UL Bohs, at the same event, told The FRU, in confidence, “Aye, the English Premiership; sure we’ll win that as well, so.”