Brown: Hard work is key to Hull KR Women’s Championship Challenge

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Brown: Hard work is key to Hull KR Women’s Championship Challenge

Going from strength to strength, Lois Brown feels Hull KR Women’s side can continue to grow as they prepare for their first season in the RFL’s Women’s Championship.

Based in Beverley, Brown had previously played for Women’s rugby union side DMP Sharks in Premier 15s, the Women’s top flight in England. After looking to get involved in rugby closer to home, the 27-year-old made the switch to Rugby League and joined the Robins for 2021 and becoming the side’s Player of the Year at the end of season awards.

Featuring for the Red and Whites throughout the season, Brown was an integral part of the side that edged Dewsbury Moor Ladies for promotion to the Championship last September. While only a season into rugby league,  the former DMP Shark has found the transition to the 13-player code natural:

 “I think my style of union is pretty much league anyways. I only started Rugby Union at university and got told to run straight at people. Moving over to League, I’ve really enjoyed the transition.”

After playing both codes in the North of England, Brown thinks the side and the Women’s game can continue to make inroads and inspire the next generation of Women to play League:

“I think not having a premiership team for union in Yorkshire for men and women is a great opportunity to capitalise on.

“I went to Leeds Beckett University and played rugby there and quite a few of my friends from that time are in those West Yorkshire Women’s Super League teams.

“I think a good championship season for Hull KR Women’s in 2022 will do wonders for girls and young women around this area and inspire them to get involved.

“For those coming from Women’s rugby union, I can see more getting involved as the game continues to develop and grow in East Yorkshire.”

While the Championship season is yet to start, the Robins’ forward outlined the Robins’ promotion win as a huge victory for their diverse playing group:

“It was brilliant. A long time coming for us to beat Dewsbury Moor. When we lost to them earlier in the year, I don’t think we did ourselves any justice performance-wise. To edge them in the final and for our young players to perform as well as they did when facing a hostile crowd, was the cherry on top of the cake.

“I found out after that final I was one of the most senior players and I didn’t realise! We’ve got some phenomenal Under 16s coming through alongside players from a variety of different backgrounds which is brilliant.”

While Brown works as a teacher alongside playing for the Robins, she feels the balance between work and Rugby drives her love for the game: “It definitely drives me more. I know the game has come on massively in league and I hope it keeps going so we get to see the next generation play full time. It’s definitely going in the right direction.

“The reason I came over to Hull KR was to enjoy rugby again and I’d previously never played for a team so close to home. And with that, get closer to the team without the strain of travelling out of town. But once I’m in it I can’t help myself, I want us to get to the top.”

Since the promotion to the Championship, the Women’s side has come under the club’s banner with Brown noticing the improvements as the side looks to the new season:

“It’s been really good actually. I think the use of the wrestling room and gym has been important for our under 16s and under 18s to improve their physicality. The improved facilities will only feed into a more professional setup on and off the field here. Going into the championship, the first few games will be a test and we’ll see how we fare. But we’ve got a lot of work to do but we can do it. Over the next few years, we’ll keep building as a team and hopefully look towards Super League.”

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