01:00PM, Friday 05 November 2021
Photo credit: Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK
Maud Muir, who has been coaching Maidenhead RFC’s new u13s/14s girls’ team at Braywick Park, made her England debut on Sunday as the Red Roses thrashed New Zealand 43-12 in Exeter.
Muir was chosen on the bench for Sunday’s game and came on to win her first cap in what was England’s biggest winning margin over the Black Ferns.
Stephen Jones, Maidenhead’s director of women’s and girls’ rugby, said it was a ‘staggering achievement’ for the 20-year-old.
She has been coaching Maids’ younger age group teams since the middle of September and also currently plays in the Premier 15s with Wasps.
Jones, who believes she’s one of the most promising young players in her position, has said he hopes Maud can be a ‘Pied Piper’ figure for Maidenhead’s young players, showing them the pathway into senior rugby and possibly also the professional game.
For several years girls haven’t been able to play rugby at Maidenhead beyond the age of 12, when they’re no longer allowed to play against boys, but the creation of a new team – the Ice Maidens – has seen them training for the past few weeks under Maud and other Maids’ coaches. It is hoped that once this side is successfully up and running a new u17s will also be established.