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Rugby runs in my blood

Rugby has always been my favourite sport and it runs in my family. My grandfather played rugby for Oxford University and my mum played rugby for the University of York, a pioneer for women's rugby in the early days.

So it wasn't a surprise that When I arrived as a fresher in 2008, UYWRUFC is the only team I signed up to. And the team made my 3 years at uni the best years I have ever had. Playing as part of a team, particularly on the rugby field, means that you have a bond like no other, the team become your family. I made the best friends and also met my wife, who still plays rugby with me to this day.

When I left uni, I was keen to continue playing. Luckily, York RI Ladies had just set up a team and I was able to get straight back into rugby. I still get to play the game I love and I have a whole new group of great friends. I manage York RI Ladies who finished this season undefeated champions of the league and will be promoted next season. It's great to play for a team that has such a mix of experience and skill, and to see a whole season of hard work pay off.

To all those who play for UYWRUFC, I cannot recommend highly enough to continue playing. Club rugby is completely different to university rugby, but it brings the same rewards and challenges. Once you have a taste for rugby, it's very difficult to let it go.

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