KRFC GIRLS meet the England Womens team and more
You might be interested to hear about the resurgence in junior girls rugby at Kingsbridge and in particular the wonderful weekend we had when Kingsbridge Girls U13/U15 squads were invited to be the Guard of Honour for England’s Ladies RBS 6 Nations match against Italy at the Twickenham Stoop on 15th Feb.
One of the girls’ coaches at Kingsbridge – Amanda Palmer – is good friends with Nicky Ponsford the RFU Head of Performance (Women) and Rosie Williams Managing Director RFU for Women. So Amanda was delighted to be offered the opportunity to take the Kingsbridge Girls squad up to London for the weekend to train with England’s World Cup Winning Vice-Captain Sarah Hunter and form the Guard of Honour for the England vs Italy match at the Twickenham Stoop
Both squads travelled up to Bracknell on Saturday 14th Feb, spent the afternoon at the Coral Reef Splash Park and stayed at Premier Inn.
The RFU laid on a full programme of events on Sunday 15th starting with a training session at the Harlequins training ground next door to Twickenham. The Kingsbridge girls were joined by girls from local clubs Harpenden RFC and Hampton School and benefited from a dedicated training session run by the Middlesex RFU Community Rugby Coach Gareth Fatherly-Hurford and England’s World Cup Winning Vice-Captain Clare Cooper. Rosie Williams Managing Director RFU for Women also attended and congratulated Kingsbridge on promoting girl’s rugby in Devon “It’s great to see girls rugby alive and kicking in deepest Devon and see the genuine enthusiasm shown by the Kingsbridge girls. They have some real talent in the squad and we wish them every success in the coming seasons.”
After training, the girls were invited to the Twickenham Stoop Stadium where they had an opportunity to question Vice Captain Clare Cooper about her experiences of playing for England. Questions ranged from “what do you do with your hair before a big match?” to “what are the RFU doing to promote women’s rugby?”!
After the Q&A session the girls were invited to pose for photos with the World Cup which the England Women’s Team won in 2014.
Free tickets for the 6 Nations Match were then handed out to the entire squad and the girls were invited to watch the first half. During half-time time break, the Kings girls were introduced via the tangy to supporters (5000) and invited to walk a lap of honour around the stadium. They were then invited to hold England flags and form a guard of honour for the England and Italy teams when they emerged from the players tunnel at the start of the second half. England went on to win 37-9.
All the girls had a fabulous day and would collectively like to thank the RFU for allowing them to be the first team from Kingsbridge to form a guard of honour at a RBS RFU 6 Nations match!
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