Somerset athletes to compete in rugby 7s at national school games

PUBLISHED: 14:29 16 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:29 16 August 2017

Jessica Cooksey.

Jessica Cooksey.


Three female Winscombe Rugby Club players have been chosen to take part of the rugby sevens squad at the School Games finals.

Jessica Cooksey from Axbridge, Charlotte Wright-Hayley from Highbridge and Lucy Burgess from Rooksbridge, have all been selected to be part of the rugby sevens squad at the School Games national finals.

The School Games are an integrated multi-sport event for the UK’s most talented school-age athletes and will take place at Loughborough University from August 31 to September 3.

Jessica and Lucy, both aged 16, are students at the Kings of Wessex Academy in Cheddar. Charlotte, 17, attends South Gloucestershire and Stroud College in Filton. All three play for Winscombe RFC and will compete for the England South West squad at the event.

They already have an impressive record of success. Jessica is in the England Talent Development Group and was a member of the RFU National Club champions Under-18 girls’ squad.

Charlotte was in the England Under-18s Talent Development Group in and Lucy has played for England Under-18s Rugby 7s.

Around 1,600 athletes will compete across 12 sports at the School Games, seven of which include disability disciplines. The four-day event is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust.

At the event Jessica, Charlotte and Lucy will experience the excitement of competing at the highest level. They will live in a dedicated athletes’ village on the university campus, take part in an opening ceremony and perform in front of huge crowds of spectators.

Lucy said: “Having played rugby at Twickenham four times has really helped me to ‘dream big’ for the future. I can’t wait to put that experience to good use at the School Games.”

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