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UK WOMEN RUGBY’S ZAMBIA TOUR CANCELLED BUT HOPES RUN HIGH FOR 2021

AUGUST 2020 should have been a momentous time for Thamesians rugby team with a tour by the ladies to Zambia for an international sevens tournament.

Unfortunately due to COVID-19, the tour had to be cancelled.

This tour was much more than a typical ‘rugby jolly’ with planned outreach in the schools and hospitals, whilst also providing the ladies from the host club in Zambia and other African teams with a unique opportunity to play a team from outside of sub-Saharan Africa.

Thamesians went through a tough selection process beating off the interest from many larger clubs and were proud to be chosen to represent British ladies rugby.

The sponsors have left their funds in place in anticipation that once the world gets beyond the worst impacts of COVID-19 this tournament will go still ahead (hopefully next summer).

When this happens it will be an even more special celebration given what everyone has been through

Team captain, Emelia Arbuoine also missed out on an appearance in the Olympic qualifiers in Biarritz having been selected by Jamaica and scored in the trial game against the USA.

It is many years since Thamesians have produced a player who has gone on to represent their country – Bob Mordell of England and Graham Birkett of Scotland being the only two many years ago – so this was a proud moment for the club.

Despite these disappointments both the ladies and men’s teams resumed training t Wednesday at 7 pm on the Main campus at St Mary’s University – the clubs new home ground.

The ladies will be hoping to improve on their second place in NC2 when competitive rugby resumes. Any new players would be welcome to come along and join in at this very special club. – MAIL GUARDIAN

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Written by Felix Nkinke

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