Women's rugby continues to grow in Pembrokeshire and indeed right across Wales - and Pembroke RFC are the latest club to embrace by forming a new female team.

The Pembroke Panthers have been given approval by the WRU to start playing friendly matches with a view to further develop the squad.

It's a decision that has delighted team manager Natasha Smith, who admitted it had been a 'long slog' after the idea was first pitched to authorities in March this year.

"I genuinely didn't think we would get the approval so we are all delighted," she admitted to Telegraph Sport.

"We trained throughout the summer on Freshwater Beach and have been holding sessions on a Monday night at the club and the response has been brilliant."

Around 30 female members have already signed up, and Natasha said the recruiting would continue.

"It's a big project and an achievement to get this far," she said.

"But we've put pressure on ourselves to keep growing and we want to get more players and youngsters involved, including people who have never played before.

"Some of our squad are completely new to the game and yet have so much natural talent. So my message to anyone interested is we would love you to have a go."

Alongside Natasha, Rob Griffiths will coach the side with Chloe Jones captain, and Isabelle Dufresnoy vice-captain.

Pembroke RFC Chairman Darrell Willington added it was great for the club to be able to form a ladies side, and the squad are set to play a training game on Boxing Day ahead of the annual Exiles match at Crickmarren. Natasha said they then hope to have friendly matches arranged after Christmas.

The squad have issued thanks to all of their sponsors - Miss Jones Hair and Beauty Salon, Price and Kelway Solicitors, Pembroke Dock Cricket Club, Cork and Bottle Pembs, The Shipwright Inn, and The Arch Kitchen.