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Durham University

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DUWRFC past and present impress on and off the pitch

(24 April 2021)

It's been great to witness alumni Claudia MacDonald and Coreen Grant flying the palatinate flag on the international stage these past few weeks, representing England and Scotland in the Women's Six Nations Rugby Tournament. No doubt DUWRFC will be glued to their screens today as the competition comes to a close as England take on France in the Championship decider at 2pm whilst Scotland play Wales in the fifth place playoff at 5pm. 

Rugby is more than just a game to DUWRFC, it is a way of life and over this past year the club has come together to support not only its members but also reach out to the local community. There has been a strong dedication to staying fit and strong throughout the club and with restrictions in place, DUWRFC moved their programme online with student-led pilates, individual training plans and club-wide fitness challenges.

Online training supported by S&C coach, Ellie Christon, has kept the group going and from premiership players to those in the development squad there has been something to benefit everyone. DUWRFC would like to take this opportunity to thank Ellie for her continual hard work and for providing tailored programmes for every performance level within the club, giving the team a great squad focus.

Engaging with players no matter where in the world they are has been vitally important this season and the emphasis on wellbeing is a hallmark of DUWRFC’s club cohesion. This has included a new welfare exec, running virtual coffee mornings every week and making sure nobody slips through the net. Right from the start of the year, DUWRFC have prioritised their freshers and beginners, delivering care packages to those isolating in colleges which included handmade personalised cards and parcels. 

DUWRFC have also maintained their wide range of off-field commitments this year, and the variety of activities they have involved themselves in is huge. The 440 miles campaign highlighted the importance of exercise for children, and pulled the team together through running, swimming and cycling. With two personal fundraising campaigns and supporting DURFC’s Tom Miller fundraising, the women have maintained DUWRFC’s reputation as a community minded club. Over Christmas the team collected and delivered toys to the children’s wing at North Durham Hospital.

A recent inspirational talk from Sarah Hunter as part of this seasons speaker series has excited the group and they are looking forward to being back on the pitch together in the not too distant future. We can't wait to see all of their hard work over the last 12 months come into fruition. 

However, for now we look forward to watching two DUWRFC stalwart's doing what they do best. We congratulate Claudia and Coreen for all they have done in the Six Nations competition so far and wish their respective squads the very best for today. 

Viewers in the UK can watch England take on France live on BBC 2 at 2pm with coverage starting at 1.30pm and the Scotland- Wales game will be streamed on the iPlayer and via the BBC Sport website and has a 5pm KO. 

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