RUGBY: Ladies wanted to boost Lionesses’ squad

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IF you like watching rugby, want to get fit, meet new people or just try something completely different, Rugby Lionesses could be for you.

Based at Webb Ellis Road, they are looking for ladies over 18 to join their pride and have some fun learning to play rugby this season.

And they stress you don’t need to know anything about the game or the laws.

Steph Harding was one of the first to join when the idea was first advertised last December.

“I love watching rugby on television, but had never thought about playing until a friend pursuaded me to go along and see what it was all about,” she explained.

“There’s a real mix of ages from 18 or 19 up to 47. Most of us are in our 30s and didn’t know anything about the rules before we started.”

They play about one game a month and have just won their first fixture in the North Midlands Cluster League, a development league which enables new sides to gain experience. They needed to borrow a couple of players from another club to raise a full side, so hope to attract some newcomers to field a full squad very soon. It’s not a problem if players can’t make every training session or could find the sport isn’t for them.

Their first home game is at Webb Ellis Road on Sunday (October 30) kicking off at 2.30pm. They would welcome any support and after the game will be happy to speak to anyone interested in joining them.

“Our head coach Roger Weddell joined us in August and we train on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. A lot of it is about tactics and understanding the game, so you really don’t need any experience.

“We’re coming together as a team and starting to get a social side going too. It’s just something completely different. It’s hard work and we are taking it seriously, but there’s the fun side and fitness side too and for meeting new people. It’s been great.”

To find out more, they have a Rugby Lionesses facebook page or call Gemma Booker on 07788 951512.