UKAF (W) have announced their team to play Wales at the Arms Park on Wednesday night

Captained by Wales’ Sian Williams the team contains no less than 7 current and former internationals and all are the very best of the 3 services, Royal Navy, Army, and Royal Air Force. 

UKAF Team Manager Lieutenant (RN) Jane West  spoke of her pride in watching this collection of brilliant individual players quickly bond into a tight-knit team. “In many ways, its just like watching the way we come together in training, on board ship and all our operations.  Individuals trained to the highest standards in their own disciplines, from diverse backgrounds, bonding quickly to become more than the sum of their parts.  It makes me proud to see our Women showcasing the talent our Armed Forces have to offer, and the centrality of Women’s role in everything we do.  On the pitch will be not only 7 international rugby players with some 90+ caps between them, but some of the best aircrew, gunners, engineers and personnel of many other trades that the Armed Forces produces all united in Remembrance and Rugby.”

Catherine Henshaw of the Royal British Legion said she was proud to see watch the players train yesterday, and thanked all involved for their support to the Poppy Appeal.  She noted that the match falls 100 years after the Women of Wales first came together to play rugby and raise money in support of those who serve when the Women of the munitions factories played at Cardiff Arms Park on 16 December 1917, after some 247,000 allied casualties had fallen that year at the battle of Passchendaele in the Great War.  Cat said “it’s a remarkable centenary of rugby and remembrance, today these remarkable women are crucial to the Armed Forces, we’re proud of what they do and the example they set and thank them for their support to Poppy Appeal and the Royal British Legion”.

The match looks set to attract a record crowd.  Supporters can look forward to enjoying a military band before kick-off, a powerful pitch-side Remembrance ceremony led by the Welsh Guards, and the standard bearers of the Royal British Legion and announced by the haunting sound of a military bugle.   The national anthem will be sung by the talented Giorgia Rose. At half-time the crowd will be entertained by the Corp of Drummers of the Royal Welsh, in full ceremonial dress – dating back to the uniforms worn at the famous battle of Rorkes’ Drift in South Africa.  After the match the trophy presentation will be guarded and honoured by the presence of two of the Queens Dragoon Guards in full regalia.
The UKAF team for Wednesday night will be:
1. Cpl Sarah Batley
2. Cpl Amy Cokayne
3. Sgt Bee Dawson
4. LCpl Ellie Gatlin
5. Cpl Chelsea Snead
6. LCpl Heidi Silcox
7. SAC Sian Williams (team Captain)
8. Capt Alex Hardy
9. AC Lucy Nye
10 Capt Gemma Rowland
11 Flt Lt Chrissy Siczowa
12 Cpl Lou Dodd
13 Cpl Jade Mullen
14. Gnr Jess McAuley-Roberts
15. SAC Charlie Murray
16. Pte Sarah Mimnagh
17. Flt Lt Kay Simmons
18. Cpl Maria Waghorn
19. Fg Off Emma Tadman
20. Lt Cdr Charlie Fredrickson RN
21. Capt Erica Mills
22. Cpl Maz Claassens
23. Fg Off Sophie Gale
Head Coach: FS John Wilding
Team Manager: Lt Jane West RN
Ass Coach: SSgt Sarah Mitchelson
Ass Coach: Sgt Ross Tarnowski
Video Analysis: WO1 Rob Russell
Medic: WO2 Max Bowley
Doc: Maj Abi Mitchell

UKAF Women play Wales on 8 November 2017 at Cardiff Arms Park, kick-off 7.30pm, tickets available on the gate.

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