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Ex-Pupil To Make Penicuik Proud

An 18 Year Old Penicuik Girl’s Hard Work has finally Paid off, after fitting in her training 5 days a week from Easter 2012 in around her school, and now university work. Sarah Law has witnessed her dreams become reality, to play for her country.

Sarah caught the rugby bug aged seven when her referee dad, Andy, who was then playing for Penicuik, took her to the club’s mini section. She played in the mixed mini side throughout her primary school years before moving on to Wanderers’ girls’ team, age 12, where she played in the under-15 team. After this Sarah then played in numerous schools’ cup finals and, in 2012, scored 32 points and picked up Player of the Match as Wanderers beat Plockton HS to the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Shield. She began playing for Wanderers’ senior team in January 2012, as she had just turned 17, and helped them win the league and cup double that season.

Having already played for Scotland at the under-20 level, she successfully trialled for Scotland Women 7s in 2012 and, after playing for the Wooden Spoon 7s (alongside Irish, Scottish and Spanish internationalists) in Kinsale, she represented her country at Rugby Rocks London and was first capped at the FIRA WRWC qualifier in Moscow June 2012, Just days after Leaving School.

She will now play for her country during this year’s Six Nations championship which kicks off this Saturday 2 February  in Esher, Surrey.

Sarah is a former pupil of Penicuik HS where she was head girl; she is now studying Applied Maths at EdinburghUniversity. When not studying she is back at Penicuik RFC where she continues to run touch for the boys. Her family’s life revolves around rugby and Sarah is now backing her younger sister Rachel, who also plays for Murrayfield Wanderers at the under-15 level.

Her Dad, Andy who has guided and supported her through everything played for Penicuik in his younger days (from ‘87 when he moved up here from his native English Midlands) until he “retired” in 2008. He now plays roughly one game per season and referees each weekend. He is also the Youth Convenor at Penicuik and coaches all ages, although he mostly deals with the Primary 4 age group at the moment. Furthermore he is the club representative within the Midlothian regional rugby development group and in the Penicuik Sport Hub. One very Busy Man who can be Proud of his daughters.

Sarah also plays alongside another former Penicuik HS pupil, Sarah Quick.

Ms Quick studied sport and exercise at Heriot-Watt University and was a Modern Apprentice with Scottish Rugby and is now Development Officer for Livingston RFC. Another fantastic Achievement to be proud of.

Both Law and Quick played in the recent match on the 18th January 2013, despite blizzard conditions, a late change of venue and a number of players delayed by the harsh weather, Scotland Women took on and beat the Army, 10-5, in a non-cap training game in Edinburgh at Saughton Park.

Good luck to all from The Penicuik Cuckoo.