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West Midlands universities tournament a success

18 October 2012

  • Aston students win women’s tournament
  • New players introduced to rugby in Midlands scheme

Aston University won the inaugural Touch Rugby Festival for university women’s teams in the West Midlands.

The event, which was successfully hosted by Five Ways OE, was led by Jon Critchlow and Tom Huggins, two of the RFU Community Rugby Coaches in North Midlands, and supported the work that has been done in the universities in introducing freshers and new female players to rugby.

The programme is aimed at universities outside the British Universities and Colleges Sport Premiership and uses touch rugby – a non-contact version of the sport – to introduce the newcomers to rugby.

The players are then gradually introduced to contact rugby ahead of the start of the BUCS competition which starts next month.

Five teams from four universities took part in the event with Coventry University sending two sides and Aston, Birmingham City University and Birmingham University one side each.