Inter School Girls Touch Rugby World Cup 2023

Congratulations to all girls which participated in the annual Inter-School World Cup last week, which this year related to the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France, in September. The Touch Rugby version, the third of its kind at Clyst Vale, following versions in 2015 and 2019, respectively, is a 16-team tournament drawing of students across their School colour, in a vertical year format (Year 7-10). 

The tournament followed the boys a couple of weeks back and kicked off on Monday 3 July at lunchtime, with the group games culminating in on the Wednesday due to poor weather in the week. Strike Days, Sports Day and further bad weather pushed the tournament back to a second week (much like Wimbledon!), with the final being on Thursday 13 July. 

Congratulations (again) go to Yellow School, who completed a 1 and 2 finish at the top of the tree, with Green School’s Ireland and Portugal sharing Bronze. Scotland won the final in an outstanding game bathed in sunshine with a 6 try to 4 victory over their Fijian counterparts. Yellow School’s mirrors their boy counterparts who claimed a dominant 1,2 and 3 finish.

Throughout each lunchtime, the games illustrated a high amount of skill, footwork and athleticism, along with an outstanding level of cooperation, teamwork and respect for one another, so well done to all involved. In many ways the girls event provided even more of the above than the boys tournament, with the level of improvement through the week in individuals and teams being significant and once again showcasing the talent of girls’ rugby and general games ability across the school. A massive thank you must go to the staff which helped officiate across the week, including the PE department, Dr Turl, Mrs Bennett, Ms Watt, and of course, Ms Keene, our guest of honour for the final.