The showpiece event will take place at Kingsholm, the home of Gloucester Rugby, on May 30th (kick-off 4pm, with BT Sport coverage on air between 3.45pm and 6.30pm). The fixture will also see the return of supporters to the women’s top-flight with a capacity crowd of up to 3,276 spectators.
Scheduled to take place on May 22nd, the semi-finals (Harlequins Women Ladies v Wasps FC Ladies, KO 12.30pm and Saracens Women v Loughborough Lightning, KO 2.30pm) will also be broadcast live, on the BT Sport app. Both of those fixtures will also see the return of spectators.
RFU head of women’s performance, Nicky Ponsford said: “We’ve seen some outstanding games across the league throughout the 2020/21 season to date with the outcome not known until the final moments of the game and we expect these knockout games to be no different. It’s been a difficult season for everyone so to get to this point is a testament to the outstanding work of the clubs and players and we are really looking forward to these games. We’re really pleased to be holding the final at Kingsholm after Gloucester Rugby secured the right to host in 2020 but didn’t get the chance due to the early ending of the season. It’s great to see BT Sport are taking the semi-finals and final. Broadcasting on BT Sport and also streaming on Premier15s.com widens the potential audience. Visibility is so important and we’re pleased BT Sport will showcase three marquee fixtures. Last but certainly not least, having the opportunity for supporters to attend is brilliant and we’d like to thank Gloucester for their ongoing support in making this happen.”
Rachel Knight, sports rights director, BT Sport, said: “Today’s announcement enhances our position as the home of club rugby in the UK, with the leading domestic and European club competitions rugby available on BT Sport. The addition of the Premier 15s further underlines our commitment to women’s sport with the competition following our coverage of the culmination of this season’s Women’s UEFA Champions League and FA Women’s Super League.”