Former St Kevin’s College students Lydia Inglis and Megan Manson have been named in this season’s Otago Spirit rugby team.
The team starts the national provincial competition this weekend, with a home game against Wellington.
Manson, who plays first five-eighth for the side, started attending St Kevin’s College in her fourth form (year 10) year.
In that same year, SKC established a girls rugby team which Manson joined.
Manson said women’s rugby is gaining popularity.
“A lot more people know about it now,” she said.
This is Manson’s first season with the squad, after being injured last year.
She said there is a big step-up from club rugby, where she plays for university.
“There is more knowledge and commitment,” she said.
Inglis, who played for the squad last year, boarded at SKC from year nine through until year 13.
She said the squad had lost a lot of experience since last year but there was a lot of depth.
“We get on really well as a team and there’s a good atmosphere,” she said.
Inglis said she had noticed the step up from schools rugby to women’s rugby.
Although the squad hasn’t yet had a team run, Inglis said the side was working together well and having the help of former All Black prop Kees Meeuws was a privilege.
You can keep updated with the Otago Spirit’s season by liking their Facebook page.
This weekend’s game kicks off at 12pm at North Ground, Dunedin.
By Jessie Waite