- Imperial College win inaugural event at Esher
- 10-a-side adds to end-of-season calendar
Photo: RFU Archive
Female students from eight universities across London and the South East played the inaugural May Day 10s at Esher RFC, an event organised by RFU development staff to provide competitive rugby at the end of the regular season.
The students had indicated there was a need for more activity after the BUCS season and the 10s has been created with the intention that more female players would stay in the game during their time at university and to continue playing after they have completed their studies.
The 10-a-side format proved to be popular, with universities able to enter teams while missing players due to exams.
Warm spring temperatures in the Surrey sunshine certainly tested the students’ endurance but Clare Cooper, Women’s Rugby Development Officer (WRDO), said: “We hope that word will spread among the universities in London and the South East, and that we’ll see this 10s event become a regular feature in their diaries.
“Retaining players in the game is a key focus for the RFU, and providing the right format of the game, at the right time and the right venue is vitally important.”
Imperial College, London – Cup Winners
University of Surrey – Cup Runners-Up
University of Chichester – Plate Winners
St Marys University – Plate Runners-Up
St George’s University – Bowl Winners
Oxford Brookes University – Bowl Runners-Up
University of Winchester – Wooden Spoon Winners
Southampton University – Wooden Spoon Runners-Up