Saturday, 13 April 2002

Welsh girls on top in England

NINE of the top women rugby players in Wales are bidding to win the cup today - for an English team.

The women all play for Bristol side Clifton who are taking on Nottingham Casuals in the televised cup final.

And the Taffy lasses are coached by former Wales flanker Mark Perego.

The Welsh girls play their rugby across the Severn Bridge because the standard in England is so much higher.

Former Welsh women's rugby captain Non Evans, 27, said: "We reached the cup final once before and were beaten.

"This time we are hoping to go one better and lift the cup - for Clifton and for Wales."

Joining Non in the Women's National Cup Final are Welsh girls Lisa Burgess, Claire Flowers, April Dent, Dawn Mason, Pip Minto, Catherine Lenghan, Jackie Morgan and Fronwen Owens.

The game at Northampton is on Sky TV at 12.05pm. It's the only women's game broadcast live each year.

The Mirror (London, England) (April 13, 2002): p11

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