Bradford Bulls Womens Team

Brief History Of Womens Rugby in Bradford

Formed in 1999 as Dudley Hill Thunderbirds, the team was also known as Bradford Thunderbirds and Bradford Clayton Thunderbirds.

As the Thunderbirds the club played in the Women’s Rugby League Conference and later the Women’s Rugby League.

After the early success and more popularity in Bradford women’s rugby league, the club dropped the Thunderbirds moniker and linked up with the Bradford Bulls adopting the Bulls’ colours, name and playing at Odsal Stadium. In their first season as the Bulls they reached a second Grand Final in three years, although they lost 36-8 to treble winners Thatto Heath Crusaders.

The Foundation provides administrative and logistical support to the Bradford Bulls Women’s team.

Two time winners of the Super League/Women’s RL competition (2014 and 2017) and Challenge Cup winners in 2014 (three times runners-up), the Bradford Bulls Women have had a stellar few years since they adopted Bradford Bulls RLFC colours.

The team has also boasted numerous England stars over this period including Bulls’ captain Amy Hardcastle, who was also named as England’s only representative in the Women’s Team of the Decade.

If you would like the opportunity to try out for the team, please e-mail

Player and team sponsorship opportunities are also available in a sport which is growing fast and gains considerable TV coverage. Please contact Chris Chamberlain at to find out more.