Three players from Cardiff Met Women's Rugby team represented England at the Women's World Cup held in France this weekend, beating Canada in the final with a score of 21 to 9.
The Canadian squad included players from Calgary University who played Cardiff Met University's Women's Rugby when touring Cardiff last season.
The three Cardiff Met representatives included Danielle Waterman who started at full back (15) scoring a try and having a very influential input to England's attack and was ruthless in defence. Kay Wilson, scoring five tries in the World Cup followed on with a great performance in the semi-final scoring one of the best tries of the competition voted by countries, coaches, players, spectators. Kay is also the recent winner of BUCS 'Supergrad' player of the tournament and has graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University this summer.
Heather Fisher, also a Cardiff Met student, has been a huge influence in England's climb to the top of the ratings in World Rugby, she continually played her part in the earlier rounds, just missing out on a place in the Final Squad.
Cardiff Met can now boast three Rugby Union World Cup Championship winners as well as having many other students who represented their country in the World Cup.
The Ireland squad included recent Cardiff Met graduate Larissa Muldoon. The team became the first country to defeat New Zealand in the World Cup.
The Welsh squad boasted plenty of current and past Cardiff Met players, they included Jennifer Davies, Nia Davies, Amy Day, Catrin Edwards, Cerys Hale, Lowri Harries, Sioned Harries, Catrina Nicholas, Carys Philips, Philippa Tuttiett and Elli Norket who joins Cardiff Met this academic year. Leading the Welsh squad was Head Coach, Rhys Edwards a former Cardiff Met Student.
Commenting on the success of all the girls is Alan Sheppard, who coached Cardiff Met Women's Rugby team last academic year, "Cardiff Met have and continue to provide female rugby players with a solid base of conditioning, skills and teamwork whilst studying for a degree, not only in sport but many other avenues of further education.
This has allowed recent players such as Kay Wilson England, Larissa Muldoon Ireland, Sioned Harries Wales all to represent their countries in the Rugby World Cup with past players Danielle Waterman and Heather Fisher also part of the successful England Team.
With the next Olympics being staged in Rio, Brazil, there is a prime opportunity for female participants that wish to try out the game of Rugby Union and perhaps we will see a number of the aforementioned players in the article as well as new players to Rugby Union Fifteens or Sevens gain selection for Great Britain."