Hartpury College

The latest news and views from Hartpury

Women's Rugby 16Sep 2016

England Women’s Elite Player Squad features another Hartpury talent takeover!

England Women’s Elite Player Squad features another Hartpury talent takeover!

Twelve Hartpury talents have been named in the England Women’s Elite Player squad for 2016-17 and eight of them are among the 29 players to be awarded the first ever 15-a-side professional contracts.

Great Britain Sevens star at the Rio 2016 Olympics, Abbie Brown, is one of only 18 players to be awarded a full-time contract along with four other former Hartpury students – Amy Cokayne, Megan Jones and Rugby World Cup winners Alex Matthews and Natasha Hunt. Danielle Waterman, who used to head up the women’s rugby programme at the College, has also won a full-time deal.

Current Physical Education and School Sport degree student, Kelly Smith, has been awarded a part-time contract along with former student Millie Wood. Recent Hartpury graduates, Zoe Aldcroft, Sarah Bern and Bianca Blackburn, are non-contracted players named in the Elite Player squad, along with another former Hartpury student, Ceri Large. Number eight Zoe and flanker Sarah have been named in the Elite Player Squad for the first time.

The squad will now be building towards their Women’s Rugby World Cup defence in Ireland, which starts in August 2017.

Before that, they will contest three Old Mutual Wealth Series fixtures in November 2016 alongside an away game against Ireland before heading into the Six Nations Championship and the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in which England will seek qualification for the 2018 Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco.

Director of Sport at Hartpury College, Tom Radcliffe, said: “This is a landmark day for women’s rugby with professional contracts for the 15-a-side game being awarded for the first time.

“It’s fantastic to see so many of our former and current students being rewarded for their dedication, commitment and talent in this way and we congratulate all of the girls who have been selected in the England Elite Player squad in such an exciting period for women’s rugby.

“It’s particularly great news following hot on the heels of the RFU announcement that Hartpury is one of only 15 Higher Education partners to win funding that will help them build an even brighter future for student rugby, including becoming one of only six hubs focused on developing elite women’s players. It’s recognition of the success of our five-year pathway in supporting players to reach their full potential.”

23 Sep 2016 Women's Rugby

England Women call for Hartpury quartet in Rugby Sevens

England women will welcome back returning Olympian Abbie Brown as she lines up alongside three fellow players with Hartpury ties in the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Sevens Series this weekend.

0
16 Sep 2016 Women's Rugby

England Women’s Elite Player Squad features another Hartpury talent takeover!

Twelve Hartpury talents have been named in the England Women’s Elite Player squad for 2016-17 and eight of them are among the 29 players to be awarded the first ever 15-a-side professional contracts.

0
13 Sep 2016 Women's Rugby

Almost a ton up as Gloucester-Hartpury run rampant

Gloucester-Hartpury women's team certainly sounded out a warning to their rivals as they racked up almost a century of points in their opening Women's Championship Midlands Two clash on Sunday.

0
09 Sep 2016 Women's Rugby

Hartpury’s Bianca ready for Italian job

Hartpury’s international roll of honour has another distinguished member after A-level student, Bianca Maria Coltellini, was named as captain of the Italy Sevens Under-18s team.

0