- Ten school teams in each of two age groups
- Alphonsi hails 'fantastic' club-school link
Photo: RFU Archive
Adding to the success of the Herts Rugby Awareness Weeks in the past two years, the county staged a Schools Girls Rugby Festival at Hertford RFC.
There were two competitions for Under 13 and U15, and each one had an entry of 10 school teams. Matches were played under the new RFUW continuum that provides for full contact rugby at U15, and a slightly modified form of contact rugby at U13 that 'de-powers' rucks and mauls.
The more experienced schools competed for the trophy and the less experienced ones competed for the shield, and the standard of rugby on show was extremely high, particularly considering many of the U13 girls were playing their first ever competitive rugby.
England women’s flanker and London & South East talent development officer Maggie Alphonsi presented prizes and winners’ medals, having spent an enjoyable afternoon watching matches and talking with the girls about her rugby experiences.
Maggie said: "The day was fantastic and it was great to see so many girls playing full contact rugby.
"The level of standard of the players across the board was really good and events like this really make a difference in getting more girls into rugby. Developing a school-club link is vital to give girls the opportunity to play rugby outside of school."
St Mary’s Catholic School and Hertswood won the U13 Trophy and Shield respectively, while The Chauncy School and Sir John Lawes took the U15 competitions.