Sunday, 8 April 1990

Brother and sister internationals

Colin Calder

A BROTHER and sister from Biggar, Lanarkshire, are setting a record in the male-dominated world of rugby, writes Colin Calder.

Forget about the Hastings brothers; the latest family duo to represent Scotland is Darren and Anna Burns.

Darren, 17, yesterday played for the Scottish under-18 XV against Japan. Big sister Anna, 19, is in the pool for the Scottish women's game against north-east England later this month.

Women's rugby is becoming more popular, particularly at universities. Anna, who is studying at St Andrews, took up the sport in October, and with the help of Darren's coaching, has developed into an effective second-row forward.

She admitted tying her long, blonde hair back to prevent it being pulled by opponents, although she had witnessed ``little evidence of dirty play. I have only heard of a couple of cases of biting during a ruck''.

The only injury Anna has received in the scrum is a sore face from the stubble of other girls who shaved their legs]

Copyright (C) The Sunday Times, 1990

Source Citation
"Girl in the scrum; Scotland." Sunday Times [London, England] 8 Apr. 1990

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