School celebrates girls’ rugby success

St Paul's School students Nana Edjekoomhene and Shaniah Herelle
St Paul's School students Nana Edjekoomhene and Shaniah Herelle

Two students from St Paul’s Catholic School are celebrating being selected for the Rugby Football Union’s Girls’ Under 15’s South West Academy Squad.

Nana Edjekoomhene, a Year 10 student, and Shaniah Herelle, who is in Year 9, travelled to Frome in Somerset to participate in the South West trials along with around 60 girls from the region. From these a squad of 28 was selected.

Dave Manders, rugby development manager at St Paul’s, said: “We’re all so proud of Nana and Shaniah’s fantastic achievement. Despite a very early start, some intense trials and atrocious weather conditions the girls worked really hard to demonstrate their rugby playing skills.”

Shaniah said: “When my mum got the email that said I had got in I was really excited and I’m really proud of myself because I never thought I would ever come this far. I hope to continue progressing and play at the highest level.”

Nana and Shaniah play in St Paul’s Under 15’s rugby squad and the team has already experienced success this season having won the Sibford School Girls U15’s 7’s Tournament for the second year running. In March they will be competing in the Buckinghamshire Schools U15’s Girls Festival with a chance to ultimately play in the National School Finals at Twickenham.