Local sports star Merryn Doidge has recently been selected to be part of the England Under 18’s Rugby Talented Development Group.

Merryn developed her rugby skills at club level and during her time at Liskeard School and Community College. From the age of six she played mixed rugby with the boys. Then at the Under 13 stage she moved to girls’ rugby. Merryn started off at Newquay Queen Bees before moving to Liskeard Looe in 2015, also playing at county level, she was selected for the South West Under 15 squad and competed in the National Schools Finals in 2016. Merryn is now attending Exeter College where she studies sports and exercise science and is part of the Exeter Chiefs Women’s Rugby Academy.

A lot of hard work and commitment from Merryn and all coaches through school, college and county show that resilience and determination pay off.  Merryn Is now one of 40 girls to attend seven, four day national camps in which she will look to further extend her rugby knowledge and career. It has capped a great month for Merryn after she became the 2017 recipient of the school's Jason Bull Award for Physical Education at Liskeard School.

Head of PE at Liskeard School Sam Dunkey said “As a department we were so proud to hear of Merryn's selection for England. She has always been a shining beacon for rugby in the County and particularly at Liskeard School. This call up is a reflection of years of dedication to the sport and is thoroughly deserved.

Merryn is a hugely talented sportswoman who has inspired many girls to become involved in the game of rugby and I look forward to seeing her light up the Twickenham pitch for many years to come.”

Head Teacher Alex Lingard was also full of pride adding “We were delighted to hear the news about Merryn's selection for England. Merryn is not only a great sportswoman, but also a great leader. She has been a brilliant role model to younger students and we know she has a bright sporting future ahead of her.”

 Merryn Doidge England Rugby

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