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Cardiff Blues Ladies Face Combined Services Ladies Team

Cardiff Blues Ladies will face serving military personnel from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force Ladies rugby teams at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Friday 7 November (7.30pm).

2014 is the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War giving the game added significance. All members of the Combined Services team have deployed around the world, with many putting their lives on the line for their country.

Hoping to build on the surge in support and interest in Women’s rugby since the World Cup this summer and to raise funds for the Royal British Legion, both sides are fired up for the contest.

Combined Services Captain and Sportswoman of the Year Jane Leonard, flanker for both Wasps and England can’t wait to get on the pitch.

Leonard said “The Combined Services Remembrance match is something special. We take enormous pride in representing all three services, past and present. The game itself is an act of remembrance. Wearing the poppy on your chest drives that home. The Ladies game is always well supported but, with Cardiff full of fantastic rugby fans, this year promises to be bigger and better than ever.”

“It’s a shame there can only be one a year. I wish there were more. The buzz on the day will be indescribable.”

Some of the greatest names in world women’s rugby will be on the pitch including Sian Williams of the Royal Air Force who represented Wales at the World Cup this summer and Wales and Royal Signals back Chantelle Miller.

The ladies are just back from representing the Combined Services on BT Sport’s Rugby Tonight and are eager to put the tactics demonstrated on the show with Glasgow Warriors captain Alastair Kellock and presenters Martyn Bayfield, Ben Kay, Brian O’Driscoll and Matt Dawson to use.

In addition to internationals Leonard, Williams and Miller the full team sheet includes eleven Women’s Premiership players.

In the full squad Corporal Jane Leonard (Wasps & England) is joined by her Army colleagues Lance Corporal Sarah Batley,  Lieutenant Jade Binskin-Barnes, Corporal Bianca Dawson (Wasps), Bombardier Katie Garside, Private Ellie Gattlin, Sergeant Rosie Haigh (Wasps), Lieutenant Alex Harrison-Wolff, Gunner Jessica McAuley, Sergeant Rae Metters, Captain Chantelle Miller (Wales & Wasps), Lieutenant Erica Mills, Sergeant Sarah Mitchelson (Wasps), Corporal Carrie Roberts, Sergeant Amy Robinson, Captain Gemma Rowlands (Wasps), Corporal Louisa Steer (Bristol), Captain Gemma Stonebridge-Smith, the Navy’s Leading Hand Lauren Morton (Saracens) and the Royal Air Force’s Senior Aircraftswoman Natalie Knott (Wasps), Squadron Leader Helen Reade, Senior Aircraftswoman Kat Robinson, Flight Lieutenant Chrissy Siczowa (Litchfield) and Senior Aircraftswoman Sian Williams (Wales & Worcester).

Tickets are free on the day. Donations to the Royal British Legion appreciated.