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Bulldogs launch new girls rugby section

The new Batley Bulldogs Girls at Sunday's game against Heavy Woollen.
The new Batley Bulldogs Girls at Sunday's game against Heavy Woollen.

Batley Bulldogs have launched a new girls rugby section with teams to play at Under-13 and Under-15 level, with plans to launch an Under-17s team.

A number of the team have played rugby for various teams in the Heavy Woollen from the age of six, with the majority switching from the Birstall Victoria amateur club.

Birstall Under-15 girls played Australian Schools champions Merrimac High at Fox’s Biscuits Stadium in November and are set to become the first English female rugby team to tour ‘down under’ later this year.

The girls will play five matches in their tour of Queensland in October and early November, including a re-match with Merrimac and games against other top girls teams from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

There is also a proposal for a new 10-team girls league based in Yorkshire and Lancashire and they are looking forward to representing the Bulldogs.

The move to Batley will help the girls develop with several already striving for county and, potentially, national representative honours.

Many of the team have been Batley fans from a young age and are looking forward to pulling on the Bulldogs shirt when they return to action.

The Bulldogs girls welcome players in school years seven and eight for the Under-13s team, with training on Fridays between 6pm to 7pm on the artificial pitch next to Mount Pleasant.

Further details on the girls section are available from Bulldogs chief executive Paul Harrison on 01924 470062 or coach Craig Taylor by e-mailing him at craig.taylor 1609@