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School Sport: Robert Clack rugby girls ready for league action

12:00 17 September 2015

Robert Clack

Robert Clack's rugby girls have enjoyed lots of success in recent years

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New competitions launched in Essex and East London

Girls across the east London and Essex region have competitive matches to look forward to this season thanks to the launch of a new league.

The new competition was the brainchild of Robert Clack PE teacher Clare Bond, who has seen her own pupils enjoy lots of success in recent years.

Clack won a gold medal on behalf of Barking & Dagenham in last year’s London Youth Games and also got to play in the national finals.

And now the Dagenham school will be looking to take on its local rivals for bragging rights in the capital.

Bond said: “I’ve set up a new girls’ rugby union league this year which has been tough as not many schools in Essex play girls’ rugby.

“The schools are from all over Essex and some within east London and I need to get girls’ rugby in schools to get as many other girls involved as possible!”

Clack will line up alongside William Edwards, Eastlea, Marshalls Park, Hedingham, East London Science School, Oaks Park, Boswell’s, St Clere’s, Gable Hall, Greensward Academy and Hackney City Academy in a 12-strong under-13 league.

Ten schools are set to battle it our for honours in the under-15 competition, with East London Science School, Hedingham, St Clere’s, Sandon, Eastlea, Gable Hall, William Edwards, Boswell’s and Hackney City Academy lining up alongside Clack.

Bond also revealed her pupils are preparing to welcome a team from a French school next month, adding: “College Chantereine are bringing a girls’ rugby team over in October which my girls are going to be playing against.

“They are doing some kind of Rugby World Cup tour and are bringing their girls over to England and Wales and going to the Canada-Romania match in Leicester.

“We will be playing them on Thursday, October 8 in the evening I am going to contact a local rugby club and see if we can use their ground as we will need a floodlit pitch and hopefully some food afterwards.”

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