WARRIORS WOMEN SECURE THE SERVICES OF RISING TALENTS

England Under-20 international Cara Brincat and lightning-quick wing Zoe Heeley are the latest players to re-sign with Warriors Women ahead of the 2020/21 Premier 15s season.

Capped seven times by England Under-20s, back-row Brincat was one of five Warriors Women players to taste Tri-Nations glory in 2018, while Heeley burst onto the scene for Exeter University in 2017 where she won two consecutive BUCS Gold titles under current Warriors Women Director of Rugby Jo Yapp.

“I’m proud to play for Warriors and as I move into my fourth season with the club, I couldn’t be more excited than I was for the first,” said Brincat, 20.

“Our growth as a team has been phenomenal and I can’t wait to return to action.”

Meanwhile, Heeley, who only started playing rugby in 2016 for Exeter University, winning the first of two BUCS Gold titles a year later, added: “I’m really excited for my second season at Worcester and I’m really looking forward to seeing the club continue to grow under Jo.”

Picking up a rugby ball during a PE lesson as a youngster, Brincat joined her local side Hungerford RFC, before joining a junior side for girls, Newbury and Reading.

Underlining her credentials from an early age, Brincat made the move to Sixways ahead of the 2017/18 campaign and combined her passion for rugby with a Physical Education and Sport Studies degree at Worcester University.

Making 33 appearances in the highly competitive Premier 15s competition, the former Park House pupil is set to start a PGCE in September.

“It’s great to have Cara re-sign with us,” Warriors Women Lead Coach Sian Moore said of the talented back-row, who was part of the England Under-18 Talent Development Group during the 2016/17 season as well as a member of the England Under-18 sevens team that became European champions in France in 2017.

“Her versatility really boosts our pack and she’s a very athletic back-row with a great work-rate. She’s definitely one to watch next season.”

Last season was Heeley’s first in Worcester blue, her explosive pace coming to the fore as she ran in a long-distance try against Firwood Waterloo back in January to make her mark at Sixways.

Playing the full duration of both BUCS Gold triumphs at Twickenham with Exeter University, Heeley was also part of the side that went undefeated on the way to being crowned BUCS 7s champions and was named Player of the Tournament after consistently impressing.

“Zoe has gone from strength-to-strength and has so much potential, despite still being relatively new to the game,” said Warriors Women Director of Rugby Jo Yapp.

“She is eager to learn and having made a strong impact in the Premier 15s towards the end of last season, we are excited to see how Zoe develops over the coming season.”