Our rugby ambassadors

Our rugby ambassadors: Claire Molloy and Shaunagh Brown

As part of our commitment to levelling the playing field, we’re proud to welcome our official Royal London ambassadors, Claire Molloy and Shaunagh Brown. They’ll support and champion our mission to break down barriers and be an advocate for women in sport.

To celebrate their roles as ambassadors, Claire and Shaunagh took part in a photo shoot with renowned photographer Rankin.

[Shaunagh]:  It’s important for us as women to realise that we are good enough. Now we are going to show that we’re good enough.

Royal London advocating for women in sport is about making people realise that women are here, we are not going anywhere, and we’re here to be taken seriously.

For me to be an ambassador for Royal London, it’s such a sense of pride. To me I’m still a kid from South London running around a Rugby pitch.

[Claire]:  Rugby is a game that’s really allowed me to thrive, not just as an athlete, but as a person.

It takes players from all different sizes, it’s the gritty determination that carries through the best players.

The feasibility study that Royal London is funding is looking at the viability of a Women’s Lions Tour.

[Shaunagh]: Women’s Lions Tour, for girls in the future, it just gives them that if I pull my socks up now, you can not only play for England, you can represent GB and Ireland.

We don’t get the same opportunities in life but it’s about not letting that determine your future. Go and be the only person like you in the room. You can be the one that goes to make history.

Claire Molloy

Claire Molloy is an Ireland women's rugby union international and is currently the most capped player in the squad. She represented Ireland in the 2010 and 2014 Women’s World Cup squads and captained the team at the 2017 competition. Claire was also a member of the Ireland teams that won the 2013 and 2015 Women's Six Nations Championships.

She is also an Ireland women's rugby sevens international and captained the Ireland team at the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens.

Claire has also played ladies' Gaelic football professionally for Galway and featured in the 2005 All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championship Final.

Claire is an A&E doctor and has recently returned to her medical career.

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. - Claire Molloy

Working with Royal London will help to amplify my voice as a force for good. I am incredibly proud to be a part of the beginning of what could be an incredible powerful relationship between Royal London, women and sport. - Shaunagh Brown

Shaunagh Brown

Shaunagh Brown is a current Harlequins Women’s and England Senior Women’s international having made her international debut in November 2017 against Canada.

After working as a gas engineer, commercial driver and firefighter, Shaunagh was awarded a full-time professional rugby contract at the age of 28, having already competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Hammer Throw.

She played every game in the 2019, 2020 and 2021 Women’s Six Nations and won the Grand Slam in 2019, 2020 and 2021.