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DU Women’s Rugby face Exeter at Twickenham in BUCS final

(5 April 2019)

Durham University Women’s Rugby 1st XV are striving to be the only undefeated team this season by overthrowing the reigning champions Exeter and claiming the BUCS National Champions title. With both teams well into their winning streak, who will succeed when it really counts?

DUWRFC was founded in 1983 by Head Coach Cameron Henderson, who still holds this position today. They now boast three XV teams, two VII teams and an incredible 13 intermural rugby teams, making them the largest women’s rugby programme in the UK.

A strong season

As DUWRFC comes to the end of its 36th year, women’s rugby continues to grow in strength and the 2018/19 season has been the strongest yet. For the first time in the club’s history, Durham University’s 1st XV have reached the BUCS Championship Finals at Twickenham Stadium. This is off the back of the 1st XV having their most successful season ever, having not lost a match to date. The Women’s 1st XV claimed the BUCS Premier North league title, conceding only 8 tries whilst scoring an impressive 83.

Heading to Twickenham

Ever since the 1st XV’s promotion to the BUCS Premier North back in 2011, the club have consistently performed well in both the league and championship and have reached multiple semi-final games and gained the league crown in the 2014/2015 season. The historic performance and dominance is finally being shown nationally as the Durham 1st XV look to show their ability at Twickenham Stadium.

In the last two seasons, the 1st XV has lost to the Twickenham Champions. This year, however, with the leadership from both Captain, Beth Blacklock, and Vice-Captain, Coreen Grant, cohesively with the injection of international experience from the likes of Heather Kerr and Lydia Crossman, as well as the depth of players from both previous seasons and new recruits, the hopes of rising up to build a legacy of palatinate dominance has fully been achieved. All that is left is to finish the season as the only undefeated side in the UK.

BUCS Final

This highly anticipated BUCS Championship final will be played this Wednesday, 10th April, 12.30pm kick off at Twickenham stadium.

We wish the girls and the coaching team the very best of luck!