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Your News South West U15 girls face London & South East in ground-breaking match at Newbury RFC

The Rugby Football Union for Women (RFUW) South West U15 side are in action for the very first time this Sunday (Mar 13) taking on their London & South East counterparts at Newbury RFC, 2pm kick-off.

In line with this seasons RFUW initiative, this will be the first time ever that a girls South West U15 team has taken the field following the decision to come into line with the mens game and cut the previously existing eight womens divisions down to four.

Coached by top former England Womens international Joe Yapp, assisted by Christopher Hobbs, the squad, while not having played together before, have already got together for a four hour training and bonding session.

Team manager Denise Hodge says: Were quietly confident and you like to go into every match thinking you can win.

But, they are U15 so its more about the development of the girls.

Theyve certainly worked hard and bonded well, so theres a lot of positives.

There are also several important differences at U15 level to the senior game as flankers are not included, so each team has just 13 players, while there are also no line-outs.

Games, also, only last for 25 minutes each way.

This is a great opportunity for these young talented players, sums up the South Wests Talent Development Officer Kevin Moggridge. I have been very impressed with the young players who show some real desire to develop as rugby players.

The South West U15 team will be back in action next month (Apl.16/17) for the U15 Divisional Festival at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire.

Note:- The RFUW Divisional Programme forms an integral part of the RFUW Player Pathway, which can see players from u15s 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 Womens rugby.

South West U15s:- Daisey Fahey (Plymouth Albion & Devon); Rowan White (Wallingford & Oxon), Paige Palmer (Exeter Saracens & Devon), Abbie Brown (Exeter Saracens & Devon), Lucy Nye (Exeter Saracens & Devon); Ruth Dow (Reading Girls & Berkshire), Olivia Orchard (Newquay Queen Bees & Cornwall); Clare Gordon (Chipping Sodbury & Gloucestershire), Ellie Evans (Cleve & Somerset), Megan Coombes (Exeter Saracens & Devon); Emily Kneale (Leopards & Cornwall), Beth Graham (Drybrook & Gloucestershire), Olivia Jones (Wallingford & Oxfordshire). Reps:- Corrine Walsh (Exeter Saracens & Devon), Molly Birchmore (Cirencester & Gloucestershire), Mhairi McDonald (Oakmedians & Dorset/Wiltshire), Polly Pearce (Thornbury & Gloucestershire), Maddie Peris (Wallingford & Oxfordshire), Robyn Green (Newquay Queen Bees & Cornwall), Millie Wood (Cirencester & Gloucestershire), Bethany Hewitt (Drybrook & Gloucestershire), Sarah Langford (North Dorset & Dorset/Wiltshire)

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