THE North West’s newest girls’ Rugby Union teams are set to show off their stripes – and their new strip – when they turn out at training sessions this weekend.

The Tri-Counties Tigers, whose players are drawn from five North West of England clubs, now have their own distinctive team strip thanks to the generosity of sponsors who stepped up to the try-line to fund the girls’ striking shirts.

Created to increase opportunities for girls to enjoy rugby, the Tigers unite teams from across three neighbouring counties: North Ribblesdale RUFC, based in Settle in North Yorkshire; Garstang RUFC and Vale of Lune RUFC in Lancashire; and Kendal RUFC and Kirkby Lonsdale RUFC in Cumbria.

The shirts, which bear the logos of sponsors BDS Fuels, of Middleton, Carnforth, and RfM Accountants of Garstang on either shoulder, will have their first full public airing on Sunday, when the Tigers’ under-12, under-14 and under-16 squads wear them to training sessions.

REPORT BY: John Manning