NEWTOWN Rugby Club coach Darren Bloor has shared his pride after three graduates of the Powys club’s women’s set-up achieved major milestones this week.

Sarah Parry has not looked back since joining Worcester in the summer and has been called into the England Under 18s squad - the first ex-Newtown player to ever make such a step.

Meanwhile two other former Newtown players have also made strides in the world of English university rugby.

County Times: Nia Rowlands.Nia Rowlands in action.

Nia Rowlands has joined Manchester University who she represents alongside her commitments to Broughton Park Rugby Club and COBRA Rugby Club in the Admiral National Welsh Premiership who will be in action at Pontyclun on Sunday.


Meanwhile Georgia Powell is impressing at Liverpool University.

Former coach Darren Bloor expressed his pride at the trio’s progress.

County Times: Georgia Powell.Georgia Powell.

He said: “It is fantastic to see them doing so well and makes me really proud to have played a small part in their rugby journey.

“All three are great players and I’m sure they’ll continue doing great things.”

The region is currently enjoying rewards from its hard work in developing the women’s game with COBRA in the national league while development sides exist in Newtown, Welshpool and south Powys following the formation of the Mid Wales Kites with strong links to Builth Wells last month.

Bloor hoped the success of the three players would inspire the next generation to join the ranks at the Recreation Ground in the future.

“It is good for the club and ladies rugby in the area. I may get more girls coming along for training,” said Bloor.