Tyne bows out on a high

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MORPETH Rugby Club’s Under 12 side bid farewell to their only female player, Tyne Jenkinson, with a triumph in their final competition of the season at the Alnwick Festival.

Under RFU rules, girls can only play mixed gender rugby until they are 12. Then they have to play the females-only game. Tyne has been with Morpeth from the under 7s and has been an integral part of a very successful team.

Coach Chris O’Hara said: “The squad will be very sorry to see Tyne leave as she has more than played her part in our many successes over the years.

“She is an awesome player and as well as her physicality and technique, she has shown an incredible strength of character to be a regular in a team that has consistently been one of the strongest in the North of England.

“We wish her well and will follow her rugby career closely as we believe her to be a future England Ladies prospect.”

The Alnwick Festival saw Morpeth U12s pitched against Berwick, Blaydon, Novos and a robust Sunderland side in the group stages and they won all four games without conceding a try while scoring 22.

In the final against the other group winner, Percy Park, the Morpeth squad romped to a six try to nil victory to end their season in style.

This tournament win came hot on the heels of the victory in the Tynedale Sevens and adds to the County Cup that they lifted in March. New players are always welcome and anyone wanting to start playing rugby next season can find contact details on the club website at www.morpethrfc.co.uk