RUGBY union continues to grow in popularity among women and Huddersfield – who have a newly-formed female section – staged a series of county matches against Cheshire at Lockwood Park.

The Under 18s won 14-12, thanks to a try and conversion in the last minute, while the Under 15s won 26-15. But the seniors went down 26-7.

Huddersfield expected to have a player in the Under 18 side, but unfortunately Emily Wilkes was injured, and had to settle for the role of ‘water carrier’.

She has previously played with the boys age-group sides at Lockwood Park until she was too old to do so, since when she has represented Yorkshire at Under 15 and now Under 18 level.

Recently the Rugby Football Union for Women invested £45,000 to attract more girls to the sport in Yorkshire.

Schoolteachers are now being paid and encouraged to become coaches and to push for rugby to be included in sports lessons and after-school activities.

Holmfirth High School are currently putting on coaching sessions, and after half-term, Salendine Nook will also be starting curriculum sessions for Year 8 classes.

Girls’ training at Lockwood Park is on Mondays from 7.00 to 8.30.

Spokesperson Lesley Wilkes said: “Our aim is to provide a fun and enjoyable atmosphere in which girls can learn the game the game and improve their fitness.

“Training is by qualified CRB-checked coaches, supported by the Yorkshire women’s rugby development officer.

“Any level of ability is welcome, from those new to the game to the more experienced players.

“Girls of secondary school age who are interested in playing rugby, or those who just want to try it out can join us for training, or contact me at”