School girls hope for success at the home of English rugby

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A TEAM of schoolgirl rugby players will turn out at Twickenham before an expected crowd of 45,000 today.

The squad of Year 8 girls from Dene Community School in Peterlee will be fighting for a top place, representing the North East and Yorkshire in the National Showcase tournament.

They qualified as runners-up at a county competition held at Maiden Castle in Durham.

The girls secured a place in the group stages at Ripon Rugby Club.

PE teacher and team coach Philippa Curtis said: “The girls travelled down and played in awful conditions, winning three of their games and drawing one.

“This was enough for the girls to finish top by one point and allowing them to qualify for the National Showcase.”

Today’s match will take place at Twickenham, the home of England’s games, before and during the half-time of the annual Army and Navy match.

The girls will receive coaching from the England ladies’ side ahead of their appearance.

Ms Curtis added: “This is not only an outstanding achievement for the girls, but a huge opportunity and experience.”