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THE Norths Under 15 Womens Rugby regional team will be in action against the Midlands at West Park Leeds RUFC on Sunday (March 13) in their first competitive match ahead of the RFUW Divisional Festival next month.

The match will serve as a warm-up for the Festival, to be staged at Hartpury College near Gloucester from April 16 to 17, when players will be aiming to stake a claim for places in national squads.

For these girls and the RFUW, the Leeds game is all about the development of the youngest group of players in the player pathway and giving them the skills to develop as players for the future. says Rob Thomson, the Norths Talent Development Officer: But having seen the girls train hard, I am hoping they can take that onto the pitch and play the style of rugby they are capable of. They will certainly want to emulate the successful Senior and Under 18 squads.

The North squad was selected from a group of 60 of the top players from Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Cumbria and the North East and there was particular delight in the Liverpool St Helens camp when they had six players earning places after the first cut.

LSH Director of Rugby Martin Jones was understandably delighted with the news: This is further evidence of the tremendous spirit and ambition within this club. We aim to provide the highest standards of coaching and development at all age groups from minis and juniors right the way through to the senior sides so its little wonder that our players are picking up County and Divisional honours.

De La Salle School Sports Coordinator Hayley Moran, who is currently taking her Rugby Union Coaching qualifications, said: This is a tremendous honour for the girls and its been really exciting to have seen them progress from playing rugby at school, then for Lancashire and now for the North of England.

Community Rugby Coach John Foster said: Six of our players were selected for the North and one more still has to be assessed, which is an amazing achievement in itself. But the good news is that there are so many talented young players coming through the ranks.

Claudia Dowdeswell, Lydia Hughes and Rachael Woosey will be in action at West Park, while Emma McCartney, Kayla Van Onselen and Samantha McBride are looking forward to getting their chance in future games.

North Womens Under 15 team: Freyja Mason-Clark (Vale of Lune, Lancashire); Zoe Aldcroft (Malton & Norton, Yorkshire), Alisha Kasam-Sharples (Vale of Lune, Lancashire), Lindsey Tait (Tynedale RFC, Northumberland), Libby Finn (Northwich RUFC, Cheshire); Isabella Worsley (Glossop RUFC, Cheshire), Caity Mattinson (Tynedale RFC, Northumberland); Claudia Dowdeswell (Liverpool St Helens, Lancashire), May Campbell (Keswick, Cumbria), Chloe Squire (Carlisle, Cumbria), Sally Stott (Vale of Lune, Lancashire), Lydia Hughes (Liverpool St Helens, Lancashire), Ashleigh Brown (Morpeth RFC, Northumberland).

Replacements: Kira Drabble (Malton & Norton, Yorkshire), Samantha McBride (Liverpool St Helens, Lancashire), Sadie Giles (Preston Grasshoppers, Lancashire), Rachel Proctor (Castleford, Yorkshire), Emma Dryden (Waterloo, Lancashire), Holly Aitchison (Waterloo, Lancashire), Rachael Woosey (Liverpool St Helens, Lancashire), Jessica Johnson (Manchester RUFC, Cheshire), Charlie Wilcock (Preston Grasshoppers, Lancashire).

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