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Home > News > Much changed South West Senior Women's team face Midlands in re-arranged Divisional match at Whitchurch RFC, Shropshire
Your News Much changed South West Senior Women's team face Midlands in re-arranged Divisional match at Whitchurch RFC, Shropshire

The South West Senior Women’s side are in RFUW (Rugby Football Union for Women) Divisional Programme action this Sunday (Mar 11) when they catch-up with their previously postponed match against the Midlands at Whitchurch RFC, Edgely Road, Shropshire, 2pm kick-off.

The RFUW Divisional Programme forms an integral part of the RFUW Player Pathway, which can see players go from playing club rugby to representing their county. Current England stars who have qualified through this pathway include most recently Emily Braund, who got her first cap for England last weekend in the RBS 6 Nations against Scotland.

Players selected for the Divisional Programme have been selected by their Constituency Body and if they are successful could go on to try out for England, 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.

With six of the South West squad away with the England U20 team there’s room for some new faces to the line-up on Sunday, particularly in the pack.

“We’re looking for the forwards to be far more dominant than they were against London & South East and get the ball to our exciting backs led by scrum half Sam Moore and marshalled by fly half Sarah Holloway,” says Kevin Moggridge, the South West RFUW’s Divisional Talent Development Officer. “They’ll be a tough Midlands side, but they’ve lost players as well and, at least, it gives 40 odd players a chance to play some good quality rugby.”

Tight-head prop Sam Hendrick, hooker Clara Neilson, lock Rachel Bennett along with flanker Carmen Etheridge are all set to make their South West Senior Woman’s debuts while experienced prop Pip Payne is called up to help out in the front-row.

The South West are particularly strong behind the scrum with Bristol full back Laura Therin, centre and clubmate Sally Tuson, plus Plymouth Albion wing Kate Hancock, all members of the England Development squad.

“Everyone is looking forward to it particularly after it was postponed because of the weather a couple of weeks ago,” sums up Moggridge. “And, I think, it’s going to be a cracking match.”

South West Senior Women: Lauren Therin (Bristol/Somerset); Mary–Anne Gittings (UWIC/Gloucs), Jess Irvine (Berkshire), Sally Tuson (Bristol/Somerset), Kate Hancock (Plymouth/Devon); Sarah Holloway (Bath/Somerset), Sian Moore (Bristol/Somerset - c); Poppy Davis (Exeter Uni/Devon), Clara Nielson (North Tawton/Devon), Donna Downes (Plymouth Albion/Devon); Zoe Saynor (Exeter University/Devon), Rachel Bennett (Bath/Somerset); Kayleigh Winsor (Cheltenham/Gloucs), Liz Lennox (Newbury/Berkshire) , Gaelle Marcassus (Newbury/Berkshire). Reps- Sam Herrick Bath/Somerset), Charlotte Benjamin (Exeter University/Devon), Rachel Chidgey (Reading/Berkshire), Darel Poole (Saracens/Hertfordshire), Katie Mason ( Bristol/Somerset).

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