There were some questions you get asked constantly

Quins boss Street delighted to see how far women’s rugby has come

saw a bunch of 18 year old lads in the crowd, and they went and bought jerseys in the shop and waited to get them signed by Deborah McCormack, our Scottish international.

don think that would have happened ten years ago, and that was a game changer for me.

the past it was seen as a bit freakish. There were some questions you get asked constantly, like, do you do if they get hurt? mainly from blokes who just didn really get it.

not seen as different anymore. It just another sport that girls play ## ## . Support for domestic women rugby is going from strength to strength with Street Harlequins at the heart of the progress.

Quins set a record crowd of 4,837 in their Changer event at the Twickenham Stoop in March, a figure they will attempt to beat in next year edition against Wasps in April.

Before then, they will take on Irish giants Leinster at Twickenham on December 28 in an historic double header with the men team, who will face Leicester Tigers.

It will be the very first women club game of its kind at the Home of English rugby a move which, according to Street, is essential in accelerating the growth of the game.

remember the first time England ever got invited to a Six Nations launch and it was very much girls stand over there while the men are interviewed. Now there a whole queue of media who want to speak to the women players, he added.

fact that we got some really bright rugby females, like Maggie Alphonsi, who are going into punditry and the media is really important.

will ask is she? then they see she was a Rugby World Cup winner in 2014, and maybe then they go and look to see what the women rugby scene is like.

think that is really important, to keep getting those messages out there that women play at the top level.

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