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New signing Dyddgu Hywel looking to play her part with Gloucester-Hartpury Women

New signing Dyddgu Hywel looking to play her part with Gloucester-Hartpury Women
The recent Tyrrells Premier 15s fixture at Firwood Waterloo Ladies saw a new face in the Gloucester-Hartpury squad.

There is already a decent sprinkling of Welsh players in the Gloucester-Hartpury squad, and the contingent has just increased by one with the recent addition of full-back Dyddgu Hywel.

Capped 31 times by Wales, the North Walian has been a regular in the Wales squad since making her debut against Ireland in 2013 and will bring some valuable experience to the Gloucester-Hartpury back three.

But who or what was it that persuaded her to link up with Gloucester-Hartpury?

“Well, Susie played quite a big part in that (laughs). To be fair, I have played in the Premiership before with Worcester and Bristol, so I’ve had a taste of playing over here in England and know that the standard is really high.

“She first got in touch a couple of months ago, but I had work commitments because the month of September is obviously quite an important time at a University. But I had a good think about it and I didn’t take much persuading really.”

As is so often the case with players at Tyrrells Premier 15s clubs, Dyddgu is juggling working full-time as well as playing rugby but she admits that it’s a challenge that she embraces.

“I’m a full-time lecturer working at Cardiff Metropolitan University, working in the school of education. So, obviously balancing working full time with travelling over to Gloucester for training and fitting in all the weights sessions is a little bit tricky. But I do it because I really enjoy it.

“Travelling up to Liverpool to take on Firwood Waterloo Ladies was quite a tough trip for my first involvement with Gloucester-Hartpury. I also hadn’t played 15s for over a year because I got injured last season, but I was really excited to pull on the Gloucester-Hartpury shirt for the first time.

“It was frustrating being out because, as well as playing 15s, I also played Sevens with Wales and missed out on the chance to play at the Commonwealth Games. It’s tough at times when you’re out injured, but it’s part and parcel of being an athlete and you just have to deal with it as best you can.”

A fellow Welsh international, Shona Powell-Hughes is another recent signing as the number of players from the Principality at Gloucester-Hartpury increases. Dyddgu says it’s nice to have some compatriots in the squad.

“There are a few Welsh girls here which is nice – it’s good to hear some familiar accents and it does help when it comes to sharing lifts etc. But all the other girls have been incredibly welcoming as well, and I’m just excited about getting out on the pitch and doing what I can to help the squad.”
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