UWIC will look to experienced scrummager Catrin Edwards to shine against current champions Loughborough University in the BUSA Halifax Championship final tomorrow, Twickenham (kick-off 12.30pm).
Welsh prop Edwards was unofficially 'man of the match' during the Six Nations international on Sunday. Despite a 40-0 score line in favour of the English, the prop gained her first full cap with a solid performance in set play and an intense work rate around the pitch.
UWIC last faced Loughborough in the tournament's semi-finals, last year. The match was drawn at 19-19 at full time, and Loughborough went through to the finals on try-count. The squads selected by both UWIC and Loughborough to represent their university in this year's BUSA Halifax Women's Rugby Union Championship Final at Twickenham include some very high calibre players. The majority of UWIC's team also play for Wales at various levels, while Loughborough's ladies number several England academy members. Given the calibre of these two evenly matched teams, this year's BUSA Halifax Championship final should prove to be a very competitive and exciting match.
UWIC: Jilly Holroyd, Hayley Baxter, Rebecca Stroud, Emily Ryall, Amber Penrith, Elaine Radcliffe, Kerry Jenkins, Catrin Edwards, Nicola John, Jennifer Ann Davies, Samantha Mason, Rebecca Dando, Catrina Nicholas, Emma Hawkes, Zoe Eaton
Replacements: Marie Bancroft, An Other, Laura Bishop, Beth Sewell, Sian Hughes, Kate Wilmott, Natalie Probert
Loughborough: Charlotte Barras, Faye Riley, Maxine Dix, Kim Shaylor, Jo Blackmore, Rachel Brennan, Laura Prosser, Rachel Kerr, Pippa Crews, Gemma Paul, Amanda Clarke, Sarah Cotterill, Di Lewis, Gemma Nunnerley, Karen Harris
Replacements: Leah Radstone, Emma Wareham, Laura Humber, Lucy Hall, Sally Brown, Sabrina Stockdale, Marianne Miller
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.