Edinburgh University Ladies go for Championship glory at Twickenham

Rhona Lloyd is confident ahead of Thursday's clash
Rhona Lloyd is confident ahead of Thursday's clash
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Edinburgh University’s Ladies Rugby club will grace the Twickenham turf on Thursday as they take on Northumbria in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championship final, the most prestigious competition in student rugby.

EULRFC, who are already league champions, have beaten the University of Bristol and the University of Durham along the way in the championship’s knock-out stages.

“We’re all ecstatic,” said centre Rhona Lloyd, a Scotland internationalist. “This is something we’ve worked towards for a number of years but previously always fell short in the knock-out stages, so to finally go the whole way is fantastic.”

Edinburgh have only ever reached the championship once before, bringing home the trophy 19 years ago.

Head coach Claire Cruickshank is confident her side can replicate that achievement.

“The team have played so well all season – they should go into the final confident,” she said. “That doesn’t mean we are complacent, but it means that every player should be confident in their own ability.

“Some of our players weren’t even born the last time Edinburgh were in the final so they are aware of the occasion and how special this is.

“There was a lot of pressure on us to reach the final after such a successful league campaign.

“The team have been lucky enough to play at BT Murrayfield this season in the RBS Scottish Varsity and played that in front of 10,000 spectators so they love the big occasion and hopefully that will stand them in good stead.”