The flourishing success of Mansfield Rugby Club’s girls’ section was underlined when their U15s’ team lifted the RFU Area Plate.
Mansfield beat Old Northamptonians 20-15 on aggregate in a two-legged final to cap a season that has seen another massive step forward in the players’ development. A total of 12 players were selected for the Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire squad, while four represented the Midlands and one gained England recognition.
Club spokeswoman Lisa Hutchinson said: “We only started U15 girls’ rugby two years ago, so to achieve a success like the Area Plate so quickly is a fantastic achievement. Praise should go to the players, the coaching staff and everyone at the club for all their hard work.”