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THE appearance of Rugby Sevens for the first time at the Sainsburys UK School Games in Sheffield this weekend was declared a major success and an important stepping stone in preparations for the arrival of the sport in the Olympic arena in 2016.

Six teams of Under 18s girls from England and Wales took part in the Sainsburys competition staged at Sheffield RFCs Abbeydale Park headquarters, with the Wales Dragons A side emerging as winners despite being beaten twice in the group stages.

They were beaten by both the North and the South West in the first days group games on Saturday, but qualified to compete in the Cup yesterday, where they demonstrated how much they had learned from the opening sequence of matches.

Yesterday they defeated the South West (12-5) and the Midlands (5-0) to win the Cup and the competition, with the North winning the Bowl with wins over Wales B (12-0) and London & South East (27-0).

The results, however, were less significant than the overall experience shared by all the teams, as Andy Paton, Player Development Manager for the Rugby Football Union for Women, explained.

The weekend was a fantastic success with exciting and close games played by all the squads. he said: It has been a fantastic opportunity for the players to be involved in the Sainsburys UK School Games and to experience being part of the overall programme which included a total of 12 other sports and 1800 athletes.

The attitude and commitment of the players, managers and coaches of each of the four Divisional teams was outstanding, but the highlight of the whole four days we were together was the spirit and sportsmanship that was showed between all the players from the squads.

The Sainsburys UK School Games is an ideal vehicle for the RFUW to develop Sevens rugby at the U18 age group and will allow us to identify potential players who have the skill set to move through the pathway and progress to higher honours.

We are already starting to plan and are looking forward to next years games which will take place in London in May.

The Sainsburys UK Schools Games is a multi-sport event for the UKs elite young athletes of school age. Athletes will contest for honours over 12 sports in a four-day games environment designed to replicate the feel of major events such as the Olympics Games.

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England womens rugby was represented by teams from the North, Midlands, South West and London & South East, with Wales fielding two teams.

The England players were selected from the RFUW Under 18s Divisional programme, a pathway developed to provide competitive rugby for the best junior talent around.

With Rugby Sevens set to join the Olympic Games family in 2016 the RFUWs Head of Performance Nicola Ponsford said the Sainsburys UK Schools Games were an important development stepping stone.

Rugby Sevens is a game growing in popularity all the time and the Sainsburys UK Sports Games is a really positive opportunity to move forward and develop Rugby Sevens at this age group.

The games were a perfect opportunity for the athletes to take part in a quality event alongside other sports. The players not only had the chance to learn from one another but also from the other sports and to sample a taste of what it is like to be an elite athlete.

Results: Group matches - North 10 London & South East 0, Wales A 17 Midlands 12, South West 31 Wales B 10, North 22 Wales A 14, LSE 5 South West 7, Midlands 50 Wales B 0, North 5 Midlands 7, LSE 12 Midlands 17, Wales A 38 Wales B 0, Midlands 5 South West 7, LSE 0 Wales A 19, North 27 Wales B 0.

Cup: Wales A 12 South West 5, Wales A 5 Midlands 0, South West 12 Midlands 5. Bowl: Wales B 0 North 12, LSE 26 Wales B 0, North 27 LSE 0.

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