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Rugby Union: Romford Ravens quartet help Essex triumph in Gill Burns Women’s County Championship Division Two final

PUBLISHED: 15:00 31 May 2018

Romford Ravens' Joanne Gregory, Amy Wakerley and Jenny Mugglestone (pic: Romford Ravens)

Romford Ravens' Joanne Gregory, Amy Wakerley and Jenny Mugglestone (pic: Romford Ravens)

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Jenny Mugglestone, Sam Castley-MacDonald, Joanne Gregory and Amy Wakerley part of 22-strong squad that won

Romford Ravens' Joanne Gregory (left), Sam Castley-MacDonald (second left), Jenny Mugglestone (second right) and Amy Wakerley (right) with Essex RFU women's and girls' president Fran Mills (pic: Romford Ravens)Romford Ravens' Joanne Gregory (left), Sam Castley-MacDonald (second left), Jenny Mugglestone (second right) and Amy Wakerley (right) with Essex RFU women's and girls' president Fran Mills (pic: Romford Ravens)

Four Romford Ravens players were part of the Essex squad that triumphed in the Division Two final of the Gill Burns Women’s County Championship, beating Eastern Counties 15-7.

Jenny Mugglestone, Sam Castley-MacDonald, Joanne Gregory and Amy Wakerley formed part of the 22-strong squad, having been selected following trials across the county.

Essex went into the final unbeaten, having won their previous games against Hampshire, Warwickshire and Devon in this season’s Gill Burns Women’s County Championship.

Eastern Counties and Essex have a long history and fierce rivalry, and it showed in the final in Richmond.

The game was tight, with both sides showing how hungry they were for the victory.

It was only 3-0 at half time, but Essex proved their talent in the second half, scoring an unconverted try shortly into the second half to extend their advantage.

Eastern Counties quickly retaliated with a converted try, but with just eight minutes to go, Essex sealed their victory with another try from close quarters.

The Essex squad were presented with their medals in the Royal Box at Twickenham Stadium ahead of the England men’s national team game against the Barbarians.

Essex RFU women’s and girls’ president Fran Mills commented: “This is a massive achievement for Essex. It is the first time any Essex team has won a County Championship, despite coming close last year with the women losing out to Leicestershire in the final.

“The ladies have all worked so hard and the result is well deserved. We are looking forward to defending our title next year.”

Mugglestone, Gregory, Castley-MacDonald and Wakerley will all hope to help Essex to more success next season.

*Romford Ravens are offering an introductory session for beginners at Crow Lane on June 19 from 7.30pm.

Those unable to make the introductory session can instead take part in training, which begins on June 14 (7.15pm) and takes place every Thursday.

With a proven track record of having developed players capable of playing for Essex over the past 15 years, the club hope to unearth more talented stars from across Havering.

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