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If you think that Mini and Junior Rugby is the end of the line for girls, then you are wrong. As soon as girls finish playing U13's mixed rugby, there are several clubs throughout the region who host U15's and U18s Girl's sides, there are also various other clubs who are interested in getting started.

Girls who play rugby at club level also have the opportunity to progress and achieve regional honours at Under 18 levels; the Under 18s Regional Competition takes place Post Christmas. Open Training Sessions are held before selection, just so every girl gets the opportunity to show off their skills. Those who are selected have the honour of representing the Blues against other Welsh regions, The Ospreys, The Dragons, The Scarlets and Gogledd Cymru from North Wales.

In the 2011/2012 season, The Cardiff Blues lost to a very good Scarlets side in the final of the U18's Regional Championship. There are many great examples in the senior side of girls who have progressed through the system. You may know a few girls from your schools, such as Cardiff Quins, Jo Jones and Carys Ballett, both of them have gone from club level to Blues under 15's and 18's, to the Blues senior squad.

The WRU have been running a program in Secondary Schools for girls called 'Atomic Touch', Atomic is a great multi directional non-contact sport, which by playing, improves girls special awareness and ball skills. Atomic Touch delivery starts in Secondary Schools every spring term, there is also chance for your school to enter tournaments.

The Cardiff Blues have several clubs throughout the region representing them in the national leagues:


Cardiff Quins, Pontyclun, Cardiff Met. Division 1: Gwernyfed. Division 2: Barry, Sea View and Tylorstown.

There are various teams that do not take part in the leagues but still hold training sessions, and attract interest in the local area. At this level there is no difference in the laws of the game; the women are as competitive as the men, and want to improve their rugby skills to win league and cup fixtures.

To help with your development as a new or as a current player, during the months of May-July each year, there are now U13 and U15 development centres popping up throughout the region. There are;

Cynon valley Development Centre (Aberdare RFC)

Venue: Michael Sobell Sports Centre, Playing Fields
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Day: Monday nights

rhondda development centre (treorchy RFC)

Venue: Treorchy RFC
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Day: Monday nights

Vale of glamorgan development centre (Barry RFC)

Venue: Reservoir Fields Merthyr Dyfan Road
Time: 1pm-2pm
Day: Sundays

cardiff development centre (Cardiff Quins RFC)

Venue: Cardiff Quins RFC
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Day: Wednesday nights

All four centres will be facilitated by Gavin Williams - Women and Girls Lead Officer in Blues Region.

Mini and Junior Rugby is not the end to your rugby career, see it as a pathway into girls and women's rugby, or play touch rugby at school if you want to try out this incredible and fast-growing sport.

Further Information

If you are interested in playing women's or girls' rugby, or would like any information, please contact your local club or:

Gavin Williams
Blues Development Officer for Womens and Girls rugby

Mobile: 07584 488272

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