Edinburgh University’s ladies team are just one match away from Twickenham and centre/wing Natalie Guy is looking forward to the next outing.
On Wednesday afternoon at 3.30pm at Peffermill they take on Durham University in the BUCS Championship semi-final.
The winners will take on Cardiff Met or Northumbria at Twickenham at the end of this month.
Edinburgh have had a great campaign to date, but this looks like being their toughest test so far.
Natalie, 21, may have only been playing the game for around 18 months, but she has become a key member of the squad.
Having grown up in Liverpool, she moved to Scotland when she was 13 and she said: “I came to uni playing netball and hockey, but wanted a change and after watching the girls at Varsity in 2015 I decided to go along to training one night.
“I had played rugby briefly when I was around six-years-old, but I have been raised in a football environment. However, I was lucky enough to volunteer at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games at Ibrox whilst the rugby was on.
“The atmosphere was so different to football and I loved every second. I think that’s what made me interested in rugby as a sport. My rugby career has been pretty fast paced. After joining EULRFC, I only trained a couple of times with the seconds and had one game with them before being called up to the ones.
“My highlight so far has to be winning the North Prem A league. We’ve put a lot of hard work and dedication into rugby this season and that win made all the early morning gym sessions worth it!
“Varisty at BT Murrayfield is also a career highlight for obvious reasons. My best memory of that game was looking up at half time and seeing the place so full. All those people there to watch us – and of course the boys – play. It was incredible.”
“We’re more than just a team, we’re all great friends”
“We spend a lot of time together, five days a week, most weeks. Everyone has each others’ backs on and off the field. The team just has a great feel to it.
“We also have the best coaches and support staff on hand.”
As mentioned, Wednesday will be a tough test, but Edinburgh are at home and excited about it.
“The season so far has been incredible, tough at times I’ll admit, but I’ve enjoyed every second of it. The last time we played Durham the score didn’t go our way, so we’re all eager to get back out there and show them what we’re made of,” the third year Applied Sport Science student said.
“The standard of university rugby is growing and vastly improving. With more and more girls now joining you’d think that it would be a slow process, but it’s not. We have a lot of experience on our side, whether it’s coaching or player related.
“Our team includes some Scotland internationalists, Scotland under-20s and England under-20s players and many other teams in our league are the same.
“This in itself makes the standard high, but us girls who have little experience are still holding our own, learning as we go.”
Natalie is pictured in support of Scotland cap Megan Gaffney earlier this season
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