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‘They ordered underage boy sizes, but they were still too big for us:’ Meet the sportswomen changing the game with kits that fit

Recognition of women’s rugby and soccer is on the rise, but there’s still a way to go. Ill-fitting sportswear has affected players and performance, and now the players themselves are revolutionising women’s kit

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Stef Evans is the founder of Ruggette RFC, modern apparel for women’s rugby

Stef Evans is the founder of Ruggette RFC, modern apparel for women’s rugby

Anna Caplice announced her retirement from international rugby earlier this year

Anna Caplice announced her retirement from international rugby earlier this year

Grace Vella created sportswear brand, Miss Kick

Grace Vella created sportswear brand, Miss Kick

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Stef Evans is the founder of Ruggette RFC, modern apparel for women’s rugby

Access to sport for women and girls has made huge strides in terms of media exposure, participation and engagement in recent decades. While there are still necessary improvements to come in terms of equality of opportunity, progress is being made — particularly when it comes to kit.

You look back at under-18 pics and the jerseys were massive, so they were probably leftover men’s kit,” says Anna Caplice, Ireland and Gloucester-Hartpury rugby player who recently retired from international rugby. “We were absolutely swimming in them. It was very much the norm back then and not questioned too much.”


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