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International debut for WL College rugby team

West Lothian College’s rugby team have taken on Dublin City University in their first ever international match.

 

The recently formed West Lothian side put on an excellent performance in a hotly-contested match at Linlithgow Rugby Club on the 10th of March.

 

Despite losing the match 41 - 15, the team can be proud of their achievement against a more experienced side. The current West Lothian team have only been playing together for six months and 15 of the 20 man squad had never played rugby before joining the team.

 

West Lothian College’s rugby team is mainly made up of students from sport & exercise courses, but also includes players studying Practical Cookery & Business Studies. They train from 12noon to 1pm every Wednesday at the Livingston college.

 

College Sport & Fitness Lecturer Graeme Mair, who coaches the team, said: “We are incredibly proud of the team and how far they have come.

 

“It’s a tribute to the positive attitude of the players and their determination that they have progressed through to 7 a side and 10 a side games, right up to their first international game of 15 a side rugby over 80 minutes.

 

“The game was fantastic advert for student rugby in a highly exciting match, with the West Lothian students representing themselves and the College brilliantly.

 

“Special thanks go to both Linlithgow and Livingston rugby clubs for their continuing support in helping the college develop our rugby team, as well as our Dublin opponents who showed their sportsmanship and stayed to socialise with our players after the match.”

 

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