Twickenham final success for Borders students

Erin Maguire in action for Dundee University.
Erin Maguire in action for Dundee University.

Two young rugby-playing Borders women were in the Edinburgh University Ladies’ side which recently went to Twickenham and sealed a famous cup victory.

Winger Lindsay Maguire, from Darnick, and centre Lisa Thomson, of Hawick, helped their team demolish Northumbria Ladies 48-5 in the final of the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) North League Championship.

Lindsay Maguire.

Lindsay Maguire.

Having already won their league, the city students ran in eight tries at the home of English rugby to lift the prestigious trophy.

“It was a great thrill to play at Twickenham and winning the match was extra special,” said Lindsay, whose love of rugby was nurtured at Earlston High School.

Having played tennis and netball at district level, she is studying for a degree in chemistry and only signed up for rugby training at Edinburgh University in September last year.

Former Hawick High pupil Lisa (19), who made her international debut against England in the 2016 Six Nations opener, is studying applied sports science at Edinburgh University.

Lisa Thomson helped Edinburgh University triumph at Twickenham (picture by SRU Bill Murray).

Lisa Thomson helped Edinburgh University triumph at Twickenham (picture by SRU Bill Murray).

Meanwhile, Lindsay’s big sister Erin (21) is also making her mark on the sport, having recently been awarded her Colour for Women’s Rugby at Dundee University, from where she is due to graduate in June with a degree in neuroscience.