Huddersfield RUFC product Bryony Field has been called up by England.
The 15-year-old has earned her place in the England Women’s Under 18 Talent Development Group (TDG) for next season.
Only 49 names were included in the squad and Field was just one of six girls from Yorkshire to be selected.
Field, who attends Wakefield Girls High School, plays as hooker and has also been called up to the North of England sevens squad to play in a tournament at Loughborough between September 1-4.
The youngest player chosen from the Yorkshire contingent, Field began her rugby at Lockwood Park for Huddersfield RUFC from six to 12-years-old, before a move to Leeds due to their being no women’s teams in the area.
“We are all immensely proud of Bryony’s achievements,” said her dad Jason, himself a former first team player at Huddersfield RUFC.
“It’s amazing and it really shows what girls can achieve in sport.
“When she got the news Bryony was very excited, but she is a very down to earth young person and in all honesty she doesn’t really like the limelight – she just wants to get on with her rugby.”
Alex Austerberry, who leads the TDG Programme, said: “The TDG programme has a strong history of developing players.
“We aim to help them understand the demands of the game, developing all areas, on and off the field.
“We want to develop future senior players who are not only confident and competent, but have the skills required to flourish on the international stage.”
Since Field’s hugely impressive development, dad Jason and Dave Beal have set up a girls team in Huddersfield.
Bryony was involved with the club last season and the new venture are keen to attract players.
“Girls rugby has really changed in the last four or five years,” said Jason.
“People are starting to get rid of the sad stereotypes that girls can’t achieve anything in sport.
“We see unbelievable women competitors in swimmers, athletes and gymnasts, and rugby is a highly competitive sport and Yorkshire are the leading county for girls rugby.”
Bryony will have three national training camps to attend as well as county training at Yorkshire.
Jason added: “It is an amazing achievement and it really does show what more girls can achieve in sport nowadays. The notion that only boys can go far in sport has gone because girls can do just as well.
“Bryony has just really improved down to her own efforts – she is a real credit to herself.”
If anybody would be interested in joining the Huddersfield Rugby Union girls team please contact Jason Field on 07914 162862.
Halifax RUFC are staging junior sessions at Ovenden Park on Wednesday, June 29 (at 6.30pm) and Saturday, July 2 (at 11am), with boys and girls of all ages welcome along.
For more details contact Toby Turner, the club’s new head of junior rugby on 07854 094760 or club director Tony Curtis on 07554 013307.