England call-up for Emerald Isle junior touch rugby competition

NATIONAL OPPORTUNITY: Lucy Norburn is chuffed by her call-up to the squad, alongside fellow Bury players' Megan Green (left) and Logan MacDonald
NATIONAL OPPORTUNITY: Lucy Norburn is chuffed by her call-up to the squad, alongside fellow Bury players' Megan Green (left) and Logan MacDonald
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Lucy Norburn couldn’t believe her ears when she heard she had made the cut for the under18 England touch rugby first team.

The 16-year-old was ‘delighted’ to see that her name was on the England girls’ 18s team for August’s Junior Touch Championships in Dublin.

The Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge touch rugby player will also be joined by teammates’ Megan Green, who has made the mixed under15s team, and Logan MacDonald, who is in the boys’ under18 team.

The teams were selected after a series of training and development sessions over the past few weeks.

Lucy will have the opportunity to shine in the Emerald Isle against their compatriots from across Europe at the three-day tournament between August 18 and 20.

She said: “I’m really looking forward to it. I did the under15s last year and it was really good fun as well as great experience.

“I’m delighted to have made the under18s team this year too.

“I thought I would try out but as it’s that much harder to get in, I didn’t think I would make it into the first team squad.

“I’m really happy Megan and Logan will be coming too, Megan got me into it in the first place.”

There will be three more training sessions for the teams to hone their games before they head west, two in July in Warwick and Northampton and a third in Reading in early August.

Lucy, who is currently doing her GCSEs at King Edward VI School, said it would be a nice end after all the hard work for her exams.

“It’s been pretty stressful with my GCSEs over the past few months”, she said.

“But the competition is also something to focus on for afterwards.

“Obviously I’m worrying about my exams now, but I can’t wait to be able to train with the whole squad and visit Dublin too.

“I think I’ve balanced it quite well with studying and training.”