Millwall’s buzzing as Leigh receives an international call

PUBLISHED: 11:51 27 October 2011

Leigh Dargan

Leigh Dargan


Millwall Rugby Club is abuzz with the announcement that a former female member has been selected to play at international level.

Leigh Dargan, who plays for the Irish Exiles team has been called up to play in the Six Nations for Ireland in January.

Dargan played for Millwall’s women’s team, Venus, during the 2008-09 season, and has since gone on to play second row and number 8 for Saracens, before most recently joining the Exiles.

And she pays testament to her time at Millwall, and still regularly meets up with people from the club.

“The time I had at Millwall was great, and I still like to keep in touch with everyone at the club,” she said.


The second row also feels time at Saracens has improved her game immensely and hopes the intense programmes between now and the start of the six Nations in January will stand her in good stead.

“Playing with some of the best players in the world has certainly brought my game on. Most of the England girls play for Saracens, as well as the top players from USA and Canada,” she said.

“Between now and January we have an intense schedule to prepare us for the challenge of the six Nations.”

Her former joint coaches at Millwall also hold the 30-year-old in high regard, and believe Dargan is a fine example for their current crop of players

“She was a sprinter when she was younger so she’s a natural athlete. She’s an unstoppable talent and regularly scored multiple tries for Venus,” said Darryl Gera.

Andrew Bates added: “We’re confident at least two more of them could gain international honours but they’ll have to work hard like Leigh.”

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