Royal London is welcoming rugby players Claire Molloy and Shaunagh Brown as Royal London Ambassadors alongside the brand sponsorship of the British and Irish Lions. Working with Claire and Shaunagh, Royal London aims to shine a light on women’s rugby, raising its profile in the wider sporting community and working to break down barriers currently holding women and young girls back from participating in rugby.
To celebrate their new roles as ambassadors, Claire and Shaunagh took part in a photo shoot with photographer and filmmaker Rankin on 4 August at his studio in London. Claire and Shaunagh will partner with Royal London in a number of ways to promote women’s rugby. Further details on the feasibility study exploring the establishment of a women’s Lions team are expected in the coming weeks.
Susie Logan, Group Chief Marketing Officer of Royal London, said : “We’re delighted to be joining forces with Claire and Shaunagh to make a positive impact on the continued success of women’s rugby. Claire and Shaunagh’s dedication and devotion to their sport are inspirational to women already enjoying the game and young girls looking to start their rugby journey.”
Claire Molloy said : “This is a major step towards making a viable Women’s Lions Tour and represents the women’s games never-ending march to gender equality in rugby.“
Royal London is a mutually owned company and is thus accountable to its customers first and foremost with regard to its investments. It’s investment in the Lions feasibility report reflects the enormous value the company places on gender equality as well as on its customers.
“As a Royal London ambassador, I hope to showcase how women’s rugby can be a commercially viable sport, bursting with fantastic role models for companies like Royal London to invest in and to grow the game for everyone.” Shaunagh Brown comments : “I was attracted to working with Royal London because of their ambitions for women and the future of women’s sport in order to level the playing field. It shows Royal London are ahead of the curve and a force for change and progression within an entire female generation. This is a reminder to the broader public that women are here for the long haul, and we are here to be taken seriously. Working with Royal London will help to amplify my voice as a force for good. As an ambassador, I hope to promote the growing acceptance of women not only rugby, but of women in all sports. To be able to reach Royal London’s large following and encourage people who are not usually interested in rugby or sport to take note. Sport can truly be life changing on all levels. “I am incredibly proud to be a part of the beginning of what could be an incredibly powerful relationship between Royal London, women and sport.”
Photographer and filmmaker Rankin says : “This summer, we’ve seen how incredible sport can be in transforming the lives of players, coaches and even spectators. We were all inspired; which is why it has been such a pleasure to photograph and profile these successful rugby players. Highlighting their talent helps to inspire change within the sport, and I’m super proud to have been a small part of that.”