AN up and coming rugby union player from the Ceiriog Valley has returned from international duty in Canada.

Kim Thurlow was part of the Welsh U20s women’s squad which took on USA and Canada earlier this month.

The Welsh were defeated 28-20 by the Americans but ended the tour on a high with a 39-12 win over Canada.

Thurlow said: “It was a great experience to tour with the national team.

“Despite losing to America we came back from 28-5 down at half-time so our coaches were happy with that.


Border Counties Advertizer: Kim Thurlow in action during national team training.

Kim Thurlow in action during national team training.

“The next aim is next year’s Celtic Championship against Ireland and Scotland.”

Thurlow began her career at Gyn Ceiriog Rugby Club, now known as Bro Gwernant, and then moved to Oswestry Rugby Club while also enjoying a spell at the Ruthin based Ravens.

Thurlow is a former RGC U18 and Sale Sharks U18 player and also represented COBRA in the Welsh Premiership and currently represents Bath where she is a second year student.

The versatile centre was deployed on the wing during the North American tour