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THE North will be hoping that good weather for running rugby and a partisan crowd at Lymm RFC will give them a crucial edge when they tackle the South West in the second of their three Senior Womens Divisional games on Sunday (March 6).

Despite scoring three tries in the opening game against the Midlands at Longton, the North were pipped 20-19, but despite their disappointment at such a close call, there is a belief in the camp that they have the ability to produce a big improvement on their opening display.

They also know that the South West team will represent another major challenge and that another thorough test awaits them.

Key to success will be the ability of the North to give their fleet-footed backs the scope to show their paces. Very wet conditions conspired against flowing rugby in the opening game, but given decent weather on Sunday and a vocal Lymm crowd, the North are optimistic that they can put on a show.

I feel this will be a very entertaining, free-flowing game, with both teams looking to get the ball moving. says Rob Thomson, the RFUWs Divisional Talent Development Officer for the North: With the players understanding the need to step up their effort I am sure we can get the win everyone is hoping for.

If we can get the backs into play more often, Im sure well do well.

The RFUW Divisional Programme forms an integral part of the RFUW Player Pathway, which can see players from Under 15s upwards progress from playing club rugby to potentially representing their country. Current England stars who have qualified through the player pathway include Margaret Alphonsi and Emily Scarratt

Players selected for the Divisional Programme have been selected by their Constituency Body. If they are successful could go on to an England trial this season or qualify for the Under 18s and Under 15s RFUW National Talent Development Groups, which looks to develop the future talent of England Womens rugby.

North Senior Women (v South West at Lymm): Meadhbh Westwood (Eccleshall); Ruth Laybourn (Leodiensian), Fran Walker (Waterloo), Danielle Wiseman (Waterloo Ladies); Jen Edwards (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks); Bethany Stott (Leodiensian), Alessandra Lewis (Waterloo); Lucy Meadley (Carlisle Ladies), Rachael Thomas (Waterloo Ladies), Charlotte Evans (Sheffield Ladies), Sophie Spence (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Lucy Brook (Rossendale Ladies), Rachael Broadhurst (Birkenhead Park), Jenny Evans (Vale of Lune), Hannah Batty (Leodiensian) capt

Replacements: Rachel Thomas (Waterloo), Steph Veal (Waterloo Ladies), Kate Disley (Novocastians), Cara Pendleton (Waterloo), Corrine Allmark (Waterloo Ladies), Heike Niemand (Leeds Uni/Leodiensians), Vicki Pinks (Leeds Met University).

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