Melbourne RFC will celebrate 10 years of providing girls rugby this coming season and as part of their celebration they wanted to show their dedication to the Women and Girls side of the game. Melbourne RFC Minxes, the name given to their girls section, have announced today that they are the official Club Sponsor of Worcester and England’s Laura Keates for the 2014-2015 season. “It’s a fantastic chance for us as a club to show our dedication to the female side of rugby by giving something back from the grassroots upwards.” Said Melbourne’s Director of Womens Rugby Nick Woodland. “This sponsorship is our way to support an inspiring young lady by lifting some of the financial burden faced by Premiership and International players who still have to work”. In the Womens game the players have to hold down jobs whilst maintaining the physical and mental ability to play at the top level of their sport.
This coming season the Minxes will have a full complement of girls sides with girls from Burton, Syston, Buxton, Ashbourne and Derby and they have also made changes to the clubs minis section by running an all-girls U8 and U10 teams. These age groups run alongside the clubs boys/mixed U8 and U10 teams but will face the same boys/mixed teams from other clubs.
Melbourne RFC would like to wish Laura and her fellow England team mates good luck in the 2014 Womens World Cup #CarryThemHome
Laura missed out on the 2010 Rugby World Cup but picked up her first cap against USA the year after while at the Nations Cup in Canada and, sticking with her swift movement through rugby, her second came three days later against South Africa.
The prop is now a firm fixture in the full England squad with 36 caps to her name so far and, after featuring in all 2012 Six Nations games, she played a part in all 12 England Test matches in 2013. She also scored her maiden try for her country in the Nations Cup match against Canada at Infinity Park, Glendale in August.