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Golden girl Lucy is a European champion

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RISING STAR: Lucy Norburn won European touch rugby gold
RISING STAR: Lucy Norburn won European touch rugby gold

Lucy Norburn, the youngest member of the squad at 17, won gold with the England Women at the European Touch Rugby Championships in Nottingham.

Bury-based Norburn, a second year sports science student at West Suffolk College, who has been playing the sport for just under three years, has risen swiftly through the age group ranks.

She started out playing union at Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, and one of her team-mates introduced her to touch at Cambridge.

In the European Championships the England team played eight qualifying games, followed by the semi-final and final, over four days. Norburn played in nine, missing one through mandatory rest.

After good displays at junior levels, she was invited to join the England Women’s squad for training.

“I thought it would be good experience. It was a massive shock to get picked for the squad for the Europeans,” she said.

The next international outing will be the European Junior Championships with England Girls at Stirling from August 17-19.

The Championships have been moved from the original venue of Edinburgh as the Tattoo is on at the same time.

After that there will be regional competitions, with Norburn representing the Midlands. Good displays in those could earn her a place in the 2019 World Cup, which takes place in Malaysia.

In domestic competitions she represents Cambridge, in both girls and mixed teams.

Norburn currently plays union at Sudbury Rugby Club, but is likely to move back to Bury to join the Foxes.

She is currently checking out universities in order to continue with sports science. “I’m looking for a university that plays rugby,” she said.

The favourite appears to be Nottingham Trent, as several of her England team-mates live in the area.

Nottingham is also where England Touch is based.

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