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In 1962, the Edinburgh Amazons Women's Rugby Team came into being - the first women's rugby team union team. While other codes had earlier stories of women's teams, many of these early-history accounts bring levels of uncertainty.
The crucial detail in Edinburgh, of course, is that this university rugby union team did not disappear. It met regularly, practiced and had its existence documented and verified Thus, the Scottish team retains the honor of being the first women’s rugby team.
The 1962 Edinburgh team inspired activity in the London universities, and by 1965, rugby union had leapt the English Channel into the French universities. When those Edinburgh students left university, a burgeoning adult game followed them, planting a foundational stake in the historic women's rugby timeline.