Roses 2013 Preview: Women’s Rugby

Roses 2012 brought a string of heavy defeats for UYWRUFC, but can they turn things around this year on home soil?

Image: Petroc Taylor.

Image: Petroc Taylor.


Women’s 2nd VII: Friday 12pm, 22 Acres
Women’s 1st VII: Friday 12.30pm, 22 Acres
Women’s 1st XV: Saturday 2pm, 22 Acres

Points on offer: 7

2012 results

York 2nd VII 0-32 Lancaster 2nd VII
York 1st VII 0-22 Lancaster 1st VII
York 1st XV 7-60 Lancaster 1st XV

Lucy Davies, Team Captain

How have the club performed so far this season?

“This season has been one of the toughest the club has seen in recent times. We got promoted in to Northern 1A from Northern 2B and the quality of the teams we have come across has been on a different level. We were exposed to organised and highly skilled rugby while suffering some heavy defeats, but no one can fault our effort and team spirit. What we can take away from the year is the incredible improvement the team has experienced and the massive team spirit we have. We have come on leaps and bounds and the team are very proud of what we have achieved. The aim we put out was to stay in the league and to develop a team we all enjoy being in. If BUCS’ new league set-up goes our way, we will have achieved both winning when it mattered and finishing outside of the relegation zone.”

What are you expecting from your Roses fixtures this year?

“Lancaster have always been a fast, skilful team. We have suffered heavy defeats to them two years in a row, but having experienced such tough opposition this year along with playing so many games I believe we are more prepared. We know what it takes to win and the team are a lot more ‘street wise’. We are a well gelled team and have a number of quality players. I have every confidence that the players will excel themselves in both the 7s and 15s matches and will provide a high level of competition.”

Why should people come and watch your matches?

“Women’s rugby is a very fast growing sport and the quality grows from year to year. We as a team have followed this growth. York women’s rugby, club of the year 2011-2012, will provide spectators with a highly physical match with both York and Lancaster overly determined to win!”

Nouse Verdict

The women’s rugby matches at Roses last year made for painful viewing for those of us cheering on the Black and Gold. It was a real mismatch and truly a shame to see a club who had enjoyed a wonderful season be put to the sword in such a cruel fashion. This year has been similarly tough for the UYWRUFC girls, but I would expect things to be much closer this time around, though it would be a big ask to turn those heavy defeats into York victories. Lancaster are a quality side but another year together can only have done York good – add our home advantage to that and the White Rose have a far better chance than this time in 2012.


  1. ‘Painful viewing’ try watching the last 10 min with a broken leg!

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  2. Yes, yes they can…
    Hello shiny trophy!

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