Rugby team are national champs

Astley High School's winning team.
Astley High School's winning team.

A girls rugby team from the county are celebrating after being crowned national champions.

Astley Community High School Year 10 girls are National Rugby Football League School Champions after beating Castleford Academy in the final at Richmond Rugby Club in Surrey.

The Astley team entered the final as underdogs, and were greeted by an army of fans as they walked onto the pitch.

An exciting match followed with a full time score Astley High 28-26 Castleford Academy.

The Astley team enjoyed an action packed weekend including a tour of Twickenham stadium, a presentation of a new school kit from the Rugby Football League and a surprise viewing of the Rugby Union World Cup.

Astley Rugby League Coach, Mr Carbutt, said: “This has been one of the best weekends of my life. The team spirit has shone throughout the weekend and the girls have been a credit to our school.

“They have raised the bar and put this small corner of Northumberland well and truly on the map

“It’s my job to keep the girls at this level, challenge for semi and national finals, and continue pushing all of the Federation teams along.

“This win is not only for this fantastic group of girls, but every girl who has ever pulled on a school rugby jersey for our school.

“They are part of a very special group of people who in 10, 20 or 50 years’ time will be able to call themselves ‘National Champions.’”