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Women's rugby union in St Helens received a massive double boost this week with the news that five girls from the Liverpool St Helens Under 15 team have won places in the North West Regional Squad and that three of them had been invited to join the Rugby Football Union for Women's prestigious School of Rugby programme.

Eleven girls from the table-topping LSH U15 team, which was only formed 12 months ago thanks to support from the Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, have already played for Lancashire and now five are included in the North West squad for their game against West Midlands on Sunday, February 21.

Props Claudia Dowdeswell (De La Salle) and Safina Clay (Cowley), hooker Jess Lloyd (Haydock Sports College), centre Emma Banks (Cowley) and wing Emma McCartney (Rainford High) will all be making their regional team debuts at Longton RFC.

Club Chairman John Bithell could not be more proud of the club's newest team. He said: "We are delighted with the progress that the girls have made. They take their rugby very seriously and I am not at all surprised that they are in the elite squad".

The North West Counties squad trains at Myerscough College in Preston and comprises 22 players from Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside.

Said RFU Community Rugby Coach for St Helens, John Foster: "I'm delighted for them. Liverpool St Helens is providing NW Counties with the entire front row and I really can't see anyone getting the better of them. Claudia, Jess and Safina have been awesome all year and fully deserve their call ups. We are also providing lots of pace in the backs too, with Emma McCartney and Emma Banks sure to make an impact."

For three of the girls, good news came at the double, with Under 15 captain Lloyd and team-mates Dowdeswell and McCartney also receiving invitations this week to join the School of Rugby, which aims to identify and develop players and athletes who have the potential to play at elite levels in England and provides a route for players into the England Youth Rugby Academy.

Helena Whitley from Haydock College said: "We are all delighted for Jess. She is a fantastic rugby player and this will be an amazing experience for her".

Said CRC Foster: "It's tremendous for the girls to be invited and I know they will thoroughly enjoy the experience. We have quite a few players coming through the ranks now at LSH and I fully expect that more of our girls will earn call-ups next year".

Liverpool St Helens has Girls Rugby teams at U15 and U18. The next Home Fixture is a top of the league clash with Vale of Lune on Sunday 28th February which kicks off at 2.00pm.

Anyone interested in playing should contact John Foster on 07738648944.

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