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ARU's Anna Stodter will be the head coach of the first Cambridgeshire women's rugby team. Picture: Gary Hutchinson/ SRU
ARU's Anna Stodter will be the head coach of the first Cambridgeshire women's rugby team. Picture: Gary Hutchinson/ SRU

Anna Stodter will help create history in Cambridgeshire.

The former Scotland player and senior lecturer in sports coaching and physical education at Anglia Ruskin University will lead the formation and launch of women’s representative rugby at a county level for the first time.

Stodter, who also played for Saracens and currently coaches the Cambridge University RUFC women’s team, will be the head coach.

She will be assisted by Nicky Goddard, who has worked at Newmarket RUFC and Eastern Counties RFU.

Stodter said: “We know that Cambridgeshire has a wealth of women’s rugby talent but in the past there may not have been the avenues available for these women to pursue their rugby further.

“In particular, there was no representative rugby within the county – only combined as Eastern Counties – so this new team has been created to develop a better pathway for players towards representing Eastern Counties and beyond.

“I think at the moment, everyone is desperate to get back to team sports and some form of rugby as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

“As well as getting back to coaching – it’s been a while and we can get ‘rusty’ just in the same way that players will – I am looking forward to meeting and bringing together players from around the county and hopefully helping them to push on in their rugby development while having some fun along the way.

“Additionally, this is a great opportunity for me as a head coach and I’m really looking forward to working alongside Nicky Goddard who is a brilliant coach with a detailed and supportive approach.”

Stodter and Goddard will be supported by Steve Drawbridge and Greg Hind, and Cambridgeshire will be taking part in the inaugural Eastern Counties tri-counties which will launch next season.



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