Formed 2004 ... Herts 7s U14 Runners-up 2005 ... North Herts U14 team, Herts Youth Games 2005 runners-up (coached by Letchworth)... Herts Superteams U14 Runners-up 2005 ... Herts SuperTeams "Fairplay" winners 2006 ... Rochford 10s U17 Champions 2006 ... East Midlands 10s U17 Runners-up 2007 ... East Midlands 10s U17 "Fairplay" winners 2007 ... National 10s U17 5th place and "Fairplay" winners 2007 ... Herts 7s U17 Plate runners-up 2007 ... National 7s U17 Plate winners 2007 ... RFU "President's XV" Award winners 2007 ... Herts Superteams winners 2007 ... Midlands 10s U18 Runners-up 2008 ... National 10s U18 4th place 2008 ... North Herts U11 team, Herts Youth Games 2008 runners-up (coached by Letchworth girls) ... London and SE 7s U18 Plate runners-up 2008 ... Herts 7s U18s runners-up 2008 ... National 7s U18s quarter-finalists 2008 ... Gloucester City 10s U18 Bowl runner-up (6th) 2009 ... Worthing 10s U18 Plate runner-up 2009 ... National 7s U18 Plate winners 2009... Worthing 10s U15 Plate winners 2010... Worthing 10s U18 Shield winners 2010... Herts 7s U15 and U18 Bowl runners-up 2010... National 7s U18 Plate runners-up 2010...

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

England women's summer of rugby

Amatuers? Its a full-time job in the England Women's rugby team! Barely weeks after the FIRA European Championship and Sevens tournaments the England team are now starting to prepare for a series of five internationals next month, three of which will make up the first "Nations Cup" tournament.

The only downside to this is that the Nations Cup - for reasons unexplained - will not be quite as ambitious as was first suggested. No Wales or France will limit the tournament to a three game round-robin involving England, Canada and the USA to be played between 22nd and 26th August at Esher RFC. In addition, and presumably to compensate their visitors who would otherwise be travelling a long way for not much rugby, England will be playing an extra international against each team outside the Nations Cup event.

The full programme of internationals is:
August 19th: England v USA (7pm)

Nations Cup:

  • August 22nd: England v USA (7pm)
  • August 24th: England v Canada (5pm)
  • August 26th: USA v Canada (7pm)
August 29th: England v Canada (7pm)
(All games at Esher RFC)
A 30-strong squad has been named - details on the RFUW website - no great surprises, but some of you will recognise a victim of one of Nim's most famous tackles in there!
  • One small matter of note. Compare and contrast the publicity and promotional efforts of the hosts of the U20 Nations Cup (see here for example) and the efforts for the adult Nations Cup (see... erm... ??). Admittedly the former event does start this weekend and the latter is over a month away, but the Canadian site has actually been up for over a month already...

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