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Rainford High Girls Rugby Team aims for Twickenham


Rainford High U15 Girls rugby union team are one step closer to Twickenham after winning the North West regional qualifier to secure a place in the National Finals of the Girls Cup.

They will go onto play against qualifying schools from five other areas in the country at Staines RUFC, Hanworth on the morning of May 9, with the top two schools then going head-to-head in the final that afternoon in front of a sell-out crowd at Twickenham Stadium before the Army v Navy match.

Girl’s rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in England, with record numbers of girls trying the sport for the first time following the success of the England Women’s World Cup win in 2014.

Rainford Girls captain Emily Backhouse, who also plays at West Park Girls U15s, cannot wait to lead her team in the Nationals.

Emily said: “All the girls are super-excited. We faced some really good teams, but all our hard work has paid off.  We are now the North West Champions and we want to come back to Rainford in May as National Champions”.

Headteacher Ian Young added:  “I am delighted that the school is supporting women’s rugby union.

“It’s a fantastic achievement to reach any national final, but this is also an opportunity to have the chance to play at an international venue such as Twickenham.

“The girls have shown lots of grit and determination but have always played the game in the right spirit.  They give one hundred percent on the pitch but they always show respect for the officials and their opponents,” he said.

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