Redcar Academy coach Thomas Williams believes girls should be included in national competition next season.
The Rugby Football Union and NatWest have been urged to include a section for girls rugby in the NatWest Schools Cup next year in the wake of England’s women winning the rugby World Cup earlier this year.
Girls’ rugby is enjoying a growth spurt at present, bucking the national trend of teenage girls dropping out of sport altogether.
When Redcar Academy became one of two schools – along with Gateshead College – to win a day out by bringing a squad of its rugby-playing pupils to Lensbury to take part in a training session with England players David Wilson, Jonny May and Matt Mullan, head of PE and the school’s rugby coach Thomas Williams brought most of the girls’ team in the 22 pupils permitted to experience elite-level rugby. It has been the talk of the school since.
Williams, who initiated rugby at the Academy in the North East three years ago, believes the RFU would benefit the country to have a girls’ competition next year in the NatWest Schools Cup. “It would be a real testimony to the growth of the girls’ game in this country,” Williams toldTelegraph Sport.
Source: Gareth A Davies – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/schools-cup/11245458/RFU-urged-to-start-girls-tournament-in-NatWest-Schools-Cup-in-2015-in-wake-of-England-World-Cup-triumph.html
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