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South West rugby girls look to put their best foot forward

12 April 2011

  • U18 and U15 divisional players back in action
  • South West's best youngsters have the chance to impress

The pick of the best young rugby union playing girls in the South West will be in action at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire this weekend when the final games in the RFUW Junior Divisional Programme for Under 18 and a National Under 15 Festival take place. 

The weekend is the highlight of both the U18 and U15 Divisional Programme. The players will get the chance to show the skills they have developed throughout the Divisional Programme while also looking to build on their rugby careers.

Following this weekend’s Divisional Festival, 30 U18 and 30 U15 players will be selected for a training camp and a National Talent Development Programme. The U15 players will attend a three day training camp in August at Wellington College. The focus of this camp will be skill development as well as nutrition, strength and conditioning education and expectations about elite athlete behaviour.

The successful U18s will become part of the National Talent Development Group and attend a four day camp at Wellington College. This will include skill development, team building, welfare and time management education. They will also receive five one-to-one sessions and a player specific development plan with their Divisional Talent Development Officer.

Busy weekend of action at Hartpury College

At U18 level this weekend, the South West will be looking to build on one win and one draw so far this season against the Midlands and London & South East respectively. They will play the North on Sunday afternoon while the Midlands play off against London & South East on the same day.

The South West U15 will be involved in a round robin festival competition when they play in a series of three 20-minute matches against the North, London & South East and the Midlands.

Kevin Moggridge, the RFUW’s South West Divisional Talent Development Officer, said: "This is the first ever divisional weekend and it will be a great chance to see the best U15 and U18 players all at one venue.

"The U18s are looking to build on their two other games. However, they understand the North will bring a very big physical challenge and they will be looking to some of the England U20 players involved to put their mark on the game.

"The U15s will be looking to put into match practice some of the skills they have been developing with their coaches who include former England captain Jo Yapp. The festival is a major part of these young rugby players’ development, while it is also a great chance to get selected for the National Talent Development camps and also selected for the England U20 camps."

England Head Coach Gary Street and RFUW Head of Performance Nicky Ponsford will be there, along with senior women’s international players from the England Elite squad who will be available for the aspiring youngsters to chat with.

South West Under 18

Emily Kingston (Gloucester, Gloucester), Charlie Notman (Cornwall, Newquay Hornets RFC), Mica Evans (Devon, Exeter Saracens), Courtney Gill (Devon, Plymouth Albion RFC), Kate Ormond (Dorset & Wilts, Melksham), Megan Oaten (Gloucester, Bristol Ladies), Frankie Rickard (Cornwall, Newquay Hornets RFC), Katie Turnball (C) (Gloucester, Thornbury), Bianca Blackburn (Gloucester, Gloucester Reds), Lauren Cattell (Bucks, Chesham Stags/Bucks Jesters), Tilly Vaughan-Fowler (Bucks, Ayelsbury), Lauren Chenoweth (Cornwall, Newquay Hornets RFC), Miguela Kerins (Berks, Reading), Mary-Ann Gittings (Gloucester, Gloucester Reds), Alex Smith (Cornwall, Launceston), Lucy Aylesbury (Dorset & Wilts, North Dorset RFC), Amelia Buckland-Hurry(Dorset & Wilts, Minety RFC), Becky Wilson (Gloucester, Gloucester Reds), Daisie            Mayes (Gloucester, Chipping Sodbury RFC), Rachel Roberts (Gloucester, Gloucester Reds), Megan Goddard (Gloucester, Gloucester Reds), Holly Molesworth (Devon, Plymouth Albion RFC).

South West Under 15

Clare Gordon (Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire), Ellie Evans (Cleeve RFC, Gloucestershire), Megan Coombes (Exeter Saracens, Devon),  Emily Kneale  (Liskeard Leopards, Cornwall), Beth Graham (Drybrook RFC, Gloucestershire), Olivia Jones (Wallingford RFC, Oxfordshire), Olivia Orchard (Newquay Queen Bees, Cornwall), Ruth Dow  (Reading RFC, Berkshire), Jasmine Carpenter (Bournemouth RFC, Dorset & Wilts), Bethany Hicks (Penzance RFC, Cornwall), Ellie Marshall (Cleeve RFC, Gloucestershire), Ella Sanford (Leopards RFC, Cornwall), Charlotte Holland (Plymouth RFC, Devon), Imogen Reay (Wallingford RFC, Oxfordshire), Ellie Marshall (Cleeve RFC, Gloucestershire), Lucy Nye (Exeter Saracens, Devon), Abbie Brown (Exeter Saracens, Devon), Paige Palmer (Exeter Saracens, Devon), Rowan White (Wallingford RFC, Oxfordshire), Daisy Fahey (Plymouth Albion, Devon), Corrine Walsh (Exeter Saracens RFC,  Devon), Molly Birchmore (Cirencester, Gloucestershire), Mhairi McDonald (Oakmedians, Dorset & Wilts), Polly Pearce (Thornbury RFC, Gloucestershire), Maddie Peris (Wallingford RFC, Oxfordshire), Robyn Green (Newquay Queen Bees, Cornwall),
Millie Wood (Cirencester RFC, Gloucestershire), Bethany Hewitt (Drybrook, Gloucestershire), Sarah Langford (North Dorset RFC, Dorset & Wilts).