5 June 2013

This weekend four UH students and alumni will feature in the opening games of the Rugby Union RBS Six Nations Championship.

UH Business School students Owen Farrell and Brad Barritt will play for England in Saturday’s game against Scotland. There will be a huge amount of interest focussed on the Saracens centre pairing who both make their senior International team debuts but they will have the experience of Saracens team mate Charlie Hodgson alongside them at fly half.

Farrell in particular has been heavily featured in the rugby press as he has had an outstanding club season and many see him as a focal point of the new look England team.

The pair could be facing former UH Sports Science student and Sports Village athlete Tom Ryder who has been selected for the Scotland squad. The 26 year old came to UH following his move from Leicester Academy to the Saracens and completed his degree in Sports Science in 2010. Ryder, who qualifies for Scotland through his Glaswegian father, joined the Glasgow Warriors from Saracens on a two-month loan in August 2010. The 26 year old then made the move permanent and has made 35 appearances for the Glasgow Warriors.

Second year Sports Science student and Sports Village athlete Hannah Gallagher has been called up for the England Women’s team who face Scotland in Sunday’s opening clash. The 20 year old flanker made her senior international debut against New Zealand before Christmas. Hannah has been training at the Sports Village since the age of 15 having won a place on the Herts Talented Athlete Programme (HTAP) and she receives her strength and conditioning from Performance Hertfordshire plus Physiotherapy from resident Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic, Bodybalance which is also based at the Sports Performance and Development Centre at the Sports Village.

For further information, please contact Nick Brooking: n.brooking@herts.ac.uk