Female rugby star Leanne Riley urges schools to give girls chance to try the sport

The London Evening Standard is reporting a top female rugby player’s call for more girls to be introduced to the sport at primary school.

England scrum half Leanne Riley said she was “lucky” her school offered mixed tag rugby to pupils.

The 23-year-old personal trainer, who plays in her spare time and is part of England’s Women Six Nations squad, but was not picked for Saturday’s 25-19 win over Italy, said: “I started mixed tag rugby in primary school aged about nine or 10. I was lucky I got that one opportunity to start it at a young age.

“It’s down to schools. If you give girls a chance to try rugby young, the more likely they are to want to continue playing it. As people grow up other things take over, like exams. Most of the girls I play with either started at a young age or at university.”

She said some girls — and parents — saw the sport as dangerous and were put off, but added: “Everyone is taught the right techniques and the coaches are qualified to teach for a reason.

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