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Thursday 22nd March 2012 12:00 am
Ceri Large and Natasha Hunt with girls from Drybrook's junior section.

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DRYBROOK RFC took their entire girls' section to Esher on Saturday to see two of their own make rugby history.

Natasha 'Mo' Hunt and Ceri Large were part of an England Women's team that scooped a record-breaking seventh successive Six Nations crown and a sixth Grand Slam in seven years.

Both come from well known rugby-playing Forest families and took up the game as youngsters at The Mannings.

Former Drybrook first XV captain Neil Morgan also made the trip with 40-50 of the club's young female players.

A few years ago he captained Drybrook to a Combination Cup final win over a Cinderford United team that contained a certain Ben Morgan. Ben is now playing for the full England men's team.

Neil said: "It was a fantastic day and quite emotional.

"We took a big 50-seater up and it was great to say to the girls 'this is what you could achieve'.

"It will spur them on. We had some postcards made with pictures of Mo and Ceri on to give to all the girls, so they could get their autographs.

"Some of the other England players were saying 'what about us'?

"The great thing about the women's game is you can get close to the players and it's very down to earth.

"All the girls were buzzing on the way home."

England Women's domination of European rugby continued with Saturday's 23-6 defeat of Ireland.

They became the first side not to concede a try in the whole Six Nations tournament, with Mo in the key defensive position of full-back. Ceri was on the field for the post-match celebrations after joining the action late in the match. Neil added: "What they've achieved is fantastic and I think they deserve more recognition."

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