Saracens’ Jade Knight hopes pandemic doesn’t impact women’s rugby long term
Saracens and Wales rugby player Jade Knight has said she hopes the pandemic does not impact the women’s game in the long term.
The Premier 15s, England’s top tier of women’s rugby, was ruled null and void earlier this year due to Covid-19 and clubs have only just got back to training in the past few weeks.
“There is a lot of uncertainty with the women's game at the moment and as a player, you go back to that rule of control the controllables,” she told Sky Sports News.
"So, for us as players we're just trying to keep going with our fitness and our training and we're just aiming for our first matches.
"When you take a step back, on the wider scale of things, the concern is that we would have less sponsorship, less funding and that would impact us in the long term. So, just hoping that it doesn't impact us too much."
She adds if the women’s community game gets cut then the prospect of young girls getting into the game may be slim.
"If that gets cut then a lot of these girls may not even play, just as we're starting to change that notion of rugby [not being for women] and getting young girls to play.
"If they don't have local role models, then I do worry about girls getting to rugby in the future."
Saracens have won both titles in the Premier 15s so far, the league was formed in 2017, and were at the top of the table before this season was cancelled.
Throughout lockdown Knight has continued to work as she is a midwife and she said it was tough not being able to be with her son during that time.
"It was really tough, I'd go for days without speaking to my son because of my long hours. I think, it was almost worse seeing the videos of him playing and not being there."