Zoe lines up national place at Silver Royd trials event

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Top Scarborough prospect Zoe Aldcroft is hoping to shine when Silver Royd hosts a thrilling day of women’s rugby action on Sunday.

The 16-year-old will be in action when the RFU’S northern division brings the opening championship games between the North and the Midlands to Silver Royd.

These competitive games are used to allow the England selectors to see the candidates for selection in action before they pick the international squads.

On Sunday a strong contingent of Yorkshire players have been selected to take part in the under-15, 18 and senior womens teams.

Zoe, who has been playing county and divisional rugby since the age of 11, will turn out for the North’s under-18s.

The Scalby School pupil, looks a firm favourite to gain selection to the full England side.

She said: “I’m really looking forward to playing in Scarborough. I haven’t played here for five years.

“My home club is in Leeds, so I have to travel an hour-and-a-half for matches.

“This is my first season at under-18 level, before that I have played for two years at under-15s.

“I made it through to the national development group last year, which was a great experience, but my ultimate ambition is to go on and play for England.”

Zoe is expecting to start the game on the wing, but after that she hopes to slot in at full-back for the North team.

The under-15 and under-18 games will kick off at 12pm, with the senior Northern against Midlands game kicking off at 1.45pm.

Admission is free for the full day.

Catch all the action in next week’s paper.