New players made welcome at Portsmouth Valkyries - and current squad put through their paces by Harlequins Women star

Portsmouth Valkyries welcomed some fresh faces as they opened their doors for a women’s rugby taster event.

Wednesday, 7th July 2021, 2:21 pm
Harlequins Women's star Elle Bloor, front row third from right, was at Portsmouth Valkyries' 'turn up and try' morning. Picture: Mike Cooter (030721)

And some of the current squad seized upon the opportunity to take in a session led by an Allianz Premier Women's champion.

Harlequins player Elle Bloor was a special guest at Rugby Camp for the Valkyries' taster morning.

Several first time players headed along to Hilsea to give the sport a try as the Portsmouth-based club look to bolster their numbers.

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Some of Mark Witcher's squad also had a training session led by Bloor on an enjoyable and beneficial morning.

Valkyries head coach Witcher enthused: 'We were able to welcome some girls along who were experiencing rugby for the first time - that’s what it was about.

‘The feedback has been really positive and they’re going to look to come back and train with us as well which is absolutely what we’re after.

'There were loads of positives to be taken from it.

‘It was a chance to have new girls come and experience rugby for the first time, but also the chance for our girls to be put through their paces by a Premiership player.

‘It was a really good experience for all.'