After a double varsity win with both the 1st team and 2nd team against Marjon, and Plymouth University claiming overall victory, the rugby season in university dies off. Training goes down to once a week until the Easter holidays start.
The 1st team still had one for game left in their season against Cardiff university away. I was lucky enough to be selected in this game and thoroughly enjoyed the experience playing in my home city against the university I have grown up around. We lost the game 6-3 on a very wet and windy evening in Cardiff, this score line lead us to finishing 3rd in the table and means we have a lot to build on for next year. At the end of year I was also lucky enough to be invited to play for the Peninsula Medical school rugby team as a nurse, it is great to integrate with medical students on a social level and play alongside them on a rugby pitch
This year I have played for Devon U20’s and been part of quite a successful campaign, we reached the national plate quarter final. I played in all these games at open-side flanker and win man of the match on two occasions. Our group stages led us to travelling to Bournemouth to play Dorset and Wilts where we lost a closely fought game and the other pool game we beat Somerset convincingly. Our quarter final was a long trip to Cambridge by bus and unfortunately a step to far for us. Playing for Devon has been a great experience and I will make sure the link maintains between the universities U20 rugby talent and the county.
The opportunity of playing for Devon allowed me to show off my skills to selectors for South West England U20’s. It was a real honour to be offered a trail for them, then to progress on to play for South West England U20’s at the national selection weekend for England Counties U20’s. Of course being welsh and wearing the English rose was hard but it was a huge honour to represent the University of Plymouth Rugby club and Devon County on a national stage.
All these opportunities have simply arisen from playing for UPRFC and being involved in a sport in Student union and representing the university. All these activities provide me with a great platform to relax from my stressful course and the tough environments of being a student nurse.