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UKAF Rugby Debutant Talks 'Reaping The Rewards' In Win Against French

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Lieutenant Sally Stott says she "couldn’t have asked for a better stage" to make her UK Armed Forces rugby union debut than the win against the French Forces in Portsmouth.

Lt Stott scored a try as UKAF ran out 27-14 winners at Burnaby Road.

The match was the first time UKAF have been in action since November 2018.

"Absolutely thrilled," said Lt Stott. "I couldn’t have asked for a better stage or a better set of girls to earn my first cap with.

"The camp has been phenomenal – I've really enjoyed it!

"Everyone's gone through trials and tribulations in the past 18 months.

"The girls just put in a full shift this week and we've come out on the pitch and reaped the rewards."

Lt Stott described the coaching team as "phenomenal".

She went on: "I’ve been trying to get this shirt on for five years and been told I'm not eligible.

"It's been great to get on the pitch."

Watch: Highlights of UKAF's 27-14 win over the French Forces.

Corporal Sian Williams, who has represented Wales on the international stage, was captain for the UKAF team and praised the performance.

She said: "I couldn't have asked more from the girls to be honest.

"I think we've been together for two days and what we've managed to put together in two days is pretty phenomenal.

"All the girls bought in to exactly what we wanted.

"We managed to come together as one team rather than three different services.

"I've played in this shirt a fair few times and it doesn't often happen.

"From that point of view, building forwards – I couldn't be happier."