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Your News South West U15 lose out to London & South East

A hat-trick from the London & South East Girls U15 centre Rebecca Pritchard helped her side see off the South West U15 team, 27-10, in the Divisional clash between the two at Newbury RFC on Sunday.

It was a unique occasion as its the first season that the RFUW (Rugby Football Union for Women) has fielded four Divisional teams, North, Midlands, London & South East and South West, in line with the existing mens competition.

But, unfortunately, the South West were unable to match their stronger visitors despite running in two tries.

As the RFUWs Divisional Talent Development Officer for the South West, Kevin Moggridge, admitted: We were well beaten to be honest.

London were very talented, very good and they played well.

But, its really good from the South Wests coaches point of view as it shows them where they are and what their training needs are going to be in the future.

At this age group the teams play 25 minutes each way and only consist of 13 players a side by dropping the two flankers which opens up a lot of space on the pitch for the teams to exploit with some running rugby.

Two tries from Pritchard and one from No.8 Sarah Brown had the visitors 15-0 in front before the South West could reply when loose-head prop Megan Coombes ran in from the 22 metre line evading two players and carrying two players over the line with her.

Tries from Caitlin Flower and Pritchard plus a Rebecca Wadhams conversion sealed the match for the visitors as the South Wests only further consolation came from centre Abbie Browns touchdown.

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), Abbie Brown (Exeter Saracens & Devon), Paige Palmer (Exeter Saracens & Devon), Lucy Nye (Exeter Saracens & Devon); Ruth Dow (Reading Girls & Berkshire), Olivia Orchard (Newquay Queen Bees & Cornwall); Megan Coombes (Exeter Saracens & Devon), Ellie Evans (Cleve & Somerset), Clare Gordon (Chipping Sodbury & Gloucestershire); 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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