Rugby

Plymouth Argaum set to become the latest club to offer women’s rugby

PLYMOUTH Argaum are set to launch a new women’s section this week.

The club are hosting a meeting on Thursday at 6.30pm for any females interested in getting involved with the new side.

Argaum, who run two men’s teams and nine junior age groups, always had a long-term ambition to have a women’s team, but even they admit it has happened earlier than expected due to demand.

“We have had such a lot of interest,” said club chairman Stuart Quarterman. “I think we could have well over 20 women turn up.

“It is so exciting. I don’t think I’ve been this excited about anything for ages.

“It was always an ambition in the club plan, along with the junior section, walking rugby and we were also looking at inclusive rugby. But it has happened quicker than we expected and it is so exciting.”

It was through the club’s walking rugby sessions that the new women’s section idea took hold.

Alanya Harris, whose brother used to play for the colts, had been attending the walking rugby with her dad when she asked about launching a women’s side. It has since just snowballed with lots of people expressing an interest.

“We’ve had people from the hospital, mums of juniors, wives and girlfriends of players and just general interest in getting involved,” added Quarterman.

“We’ve already got a coaching team and we are ready to go. It is just about getting new people energise with the game.

“We are really keen to do a lot of integration between the men’s and women’s team and make it one club.”

Argaum will be the only club in the north of Plymouth to be offering senior women’s rugby.

Currently, Ivybridge, Plymstock Albion Oaks and Devonport Services all have league sides.

Ivybridge play in the Women’s Championship South West, where they sit in sixth spot after three games. They narrowly lost 27-21 away at Cullompton on Sunday. Michaella Roberts and Lauren Dent scored tries for them, with Bethany Plumpton kicking three penalties and a conversion.

Oaks currently sit third in Women’s NC1 South West after three games. They also run an Inner Warrior team as well, while Devonport Services are third in NC2 South West (West).

Services (pictured) suffered their first home defeat of the season on Sunday when they were beaten 31-5 by leaders Launceston at Keyham. Sophie Meehan scored their only try in the final minute.

Anyone interested in getting involved with Argaum’s new team should attended Thursday’s meeting a Bickleigh Down at 6.30pm.

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