LagiClara Twickenham feature

Lagi Tuima and Clara Nielson in the BUCS Championship Semi Final vs Edinburgh

EUWRFC head to Twickenham

EUWRFC face Hartpury in a clash of the best in the South West and a quest for the BUCS Championship at Twickenham on Wednesday 11th April.

Having sealed a stunning semi-final victory on Edinburgh’s home turf 35-15 to knock out the 2016-2017 15s and 7s BUCS Champions, Exeter have set up a dream final against fierce rivals Hartpury University Centre. With the 2 sides locked at 1-1 on previous encounters in BUCS Premier League South this year, Exeter will be hoping for a repeat of their 22-10 league victory in November.

Both sides have a number of athletes playing regularly in the Tyrell’s Premiership 15s for Bristol Ladies and Gloucester-Hartpury Women’s RFC respectively and also boast senior internationals. For Exeter, Sports Scholars and Sports Science students Caity Mattinson and Lagi Tuima were capped in England’s recent 6 Nations campaign with both players earning starts in the final fixture. Fellow University of Exeter Sports Scholar and Sports Science student Poppy Leitch was also named in the training squad and currently has 6 caps to her name. With such high quality athletes on show the BUCS Championship final promises to be a brilliant showcase for University sport and a fascinating encounter of quality rugby.

EUWRFC last reached the BUCS Championship final in 2013 where the side captained by England senior international, former Sports Scholar and BSc Exercise and Sports Science graduate Amber Reed, snatched victory from Cardiff Met 17-15 in the dying moments. This time round Clara Nielson and Hannah Gascoigne will lead the side as joint 1st team captains. Currently completing a PhD in Biological Sciences Clara was also a member of the Gold medal winning 2013 squad. Looking ahead to her 2nd BUCS Championship final Clara commented “We have had a really strong season so far, having only lost one game all year. Training has been going really well and the girls can't wait to get out there and put in a really good performance against Hartpury. It is set to be a really close affair, with it being one win a piece between us and Hartpury so far this season”.

Reflecting on EUWRFC securing a place in the 2018 BUCS Championship final University of Exeter Director of Sport Alison Davidson added “We are all looking forward to a great exhibition of University women’s rugby on Wednesday and it’s fantastic to have our women’s side back in the final at Twickenham. Without a doubt it’s definitely going to be a tough match but I’m sure the girls will do Exeter proud”.

Tickets for the match can be purchased via the RFU website https://www.eticketing.co.uk/rfu/EDP/Event/Index/2424 . The women’s BUCS Championship Final (University of Exeter Women’s 1st vs. Hartpury University Centre Women’s 1st) kicks off at 3pm with the men’s BUCS Championship Final (Hartpury University Centre Men’s 1st vs Cardiff Metropolitan University Men’s 1st) following at 5.30pm.

Date: 10 April 2018

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