It was a week to remember for Scarborough-born rugby union star Zoe Aldcroft, who turned out for England on French soil before playing at Twickenham days later.
Aldcroft, 19, made her second start for England under-20s at Stade Jean Gallet in Chartres, before playing for Team Northumbria in their BUCS Championship final against Cardiff at Twickenham.
Despite a 20-12 defeat to their French hosts, Aldcroft hailed it as “a great experience”.
She said: “The atmosphere was great, the French are incredibly loud.
“I played the full game at number eight and although we lost in the last 10 minutes after they scored two tries, it was a good experience.”
Aldcroft didn’t have time to dwell on the defeat though as she had to make the mad dash back to training with her Northumbria University teammates before their big final against Cardiff at Twickenham.
“I played in France on Saturday and then at Twickenham on Wednesday, so it was a busy week.
“We travelled down on the Tuesday, had a team run and tour of the stadium.”
It wasn’t to be a winning end to a memorable week for the former Scarborough RUFC mini though as Cardiff won 20-5, but that didn’t deter too much from what was a phenomenal experience for Aldcroft.
She added: “It was an amazing experience, I couldn’t really believe it.
“I played the full game and although we lost, it was awesome just being there.
“This week has been unbelievable, definitely the best I’ve had since I started playing rugby.”
It was also one to remember for Zoe’s parents Dave and Ros and brother Jonny, who travelled to France and were also in the stands at Twickenham.
“They came to Chartres and were at Twickenham too, which was great.”