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Your News South West women take on London and South East at Newbury

Newbury RFC will witness a little piece of women’s rugby history on Sunday (Feb 13th) when a senior RFUW (Rugby Football Union for Women) South West Divisional side will take on their London & South East counterparts in a 2pm kick-off.

For the first time ever the women’s game has been broken down from encompassing eleven regions to just four divisions, South West, London & South East, Midlands and North, as per the existing men’s game.

While the seniors (19+) kick it all off this weekend the South West U18 side are in action the following week (Feb 20), also against London & South East at Newbury.

The senior team then plays the North at Lymm RFC (Mar 6) followed by the Midlands at Cheltenham (Mar 20) where the U18 side will also take on the Midlands on the same day.

The South West U15 side will be in action later in the season playing in the Divisional Festival at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, April 16/17.

The South West women’s Talent Development Officer Kevin Moggridge says: “It’s very exciting, we’ve taken six months to put it all together nationally.

“There are good players in all of the South West age groups and we’ve set-up three satellite training centres at Wallingford RFC, Keynsham RFC and at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint, Cornwall.

“We had 11 at Wallingford, 25 at Keynsham and 23 at HMS Raleigh, so there were 59 from the South West alone going through and where we concentrated on Core Skill Development, Strength and Conditioning and Technical Development.”

But, as he points out, the senior South West squad will be a little under strength this weekend.

“London must be the favourites to win as they’ve a very strong player base and we’ve also had five players go through to the England Elite 44, which is fantastic and what it’s all about, but they won’t be playing,” he explains. “We’ve also had two girls called up to the England A squad who are playing the Nomads this weekend.”

The RFUW Divisional Programme forms an integral part of the RFUW Player Pathway, which can see players from u15’s upwards progress from playing club rugby to potentially representing their country. Current England stars who have qualified through the player pathway included Margaret Alphonsi and Emily Scarratt.

Players selected for the Divisional Programme have been selected by their Constituency Body and if they successful could go on to try out for England this season, or qualify for the Under 18s and Under 15s RFUW National Talent Development Groups, which looks to develop the future talent of England Women’s rugby.

South West Division squad v London & South East: Poppy Cleall (Bristol), Sarah George (Exeter University), Emily Hunter (Bath), Charlotte Fredrickson (Penryn), Monica Lewinska (Bristol), Kate Newton (Bristol), Donna Downes (Exeter University), Pip Payne (Cheltenham), Kayleigh Winser (Cheltenham), Rachel Bennett (Bath), Sophie Pascall (Bristol), Zoe Saynor (Exeter University), Hat Hewitt (Exeter University), Lucy Pascall (Bristol), Sarah Holloway (Bath), Sofia Luxton (Bath), Sally Tuson (Bristol), Clare Simpson (Cheltenham), Sarah Graham (Bristol), Lucy Demain (Exeter University), Bex Hughes (Bristol), Kate Hancock (Plymouth), Charlotte Keen (Worcester).

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