Director, Women’s Rugby, Maj Charlie Maxwell (AGC (SPS)) has sent her congratulations to the Army duo who have been called up to the Wales Women’s Six Nations training squad for the upcoming campaign.

Capt Gemma Rowland and Bdr Bethan Dainton (both Royal Artillery) received the selection yesterday, with Wales preparing to face France (April 3rd) and Ireland (April 10th). This year’s condensed tournament has seen the Six Nations split into two pools of three, with a final play-off match against the team finishing in the same position in the opposite pool on the weekend of April 24th.

Capt Rowland and Bdr Dainton have impressed in their performances for Wasps and Harlequins respectively in the 2020/21 Premier 15s, and Maj Maxwell has no doubt that they will represent the Army Rugby Union with aplomb.

“We’re all delighted for Gemma and Bethan, who have played extremely well in the Premier 15s for Wasps and Harlequins this season,” she commented.

“It’s not been easy for our women players this season, with delayed starts, adapted laws and unscheduled breaks due to the fluidity of the pandemic.

“Gemma and Bethan – and indeed all of our players across the various clubs in the Premier 15s – have responded superbly, combining their work in the Army with their rugby, and it’s been pleasing to see their progression.

“I know that everyone in the ARU will wish them every success for Wales in the upcoming Six Nations, and that they will be proud representatives of Army Rugby.”

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Gemma and Bethan both in action for the Army v Exeter at Sandy Park last March.

Images © Alligin Photography, Neil Kennedy.