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The Ashburton Celtic women’s rugby team is after some new blood to bolster numbers after a spate of recent injuries and covid cases in the squad.

The team, nicknamed the Sea Snakes, kicked off the season at the weekend following a couple of months of training, but travelled to Christchurch without six injured players and a couple more with covid.

As Mid Canterbury’s only women’s rugby team, they play in the Christchurch Metro competition.

This is their fourth season of competition and last year they notched up a couple of wins.

Club captain Georgia Lysaght said a recent call for new recruits had drawn three women interested in playing.

More women were encouraged to come along to a training session or to watch a game.

“We’d love to see more women get involved, especially with our playing numbers down at the moment.

” You don’t necessarily need a rugby background and there is plenty of support around.”

Lysaght said squad numbers were around 22 and the age of players ranged from 16 through to 48 years.

“We’ve got mums, students and everyone in between.

“There is a great atmosphere and camaraderie at the club, and everyone is friendly.”

Lysaght has played rugby for the last 12 years and first played the game at Ashburton College.

She has been club captain for the last three years and, like other squad members, is a versatile player.

The squad is coached by Spud Kerr and until recently, by Irishman Breffni O’Reilly.

The Ashburton Celtic Sea Snakes play at home this Saturday with kick-off set for 1pm.

New recruits are welcome to check out training sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30pm at the Keenans Road grounds.

Contact the club through its Facebook page.

-By Mick Jensen