A TEENAGE girl from Ardrossan Accies rugby club has been selected for the Under 20s national rugby squad.

Shelley Main, 19, went through a gruelling weekend of trials at Murrayfield where her hard work and talent paid off, as she was one of the few to make it through the selection process for the 2018/2019 Scottish Futures Programme.

Scottish Rugby were particularly impressed by the youngster.

They said she "excelled in almost all areas, displaying levels of commitment, passion and drive that will assist her journey as a high performance athlete."

Shelley was ecstatic to be chosen.

She told the Herald: “I am over the moon and I can’t thank everyone enough for their support – especially my amazing coaches at Ardrossan Accies who always push me to perform at my


Ardrossan Accies Ladies Head Coach, Brian Reid said: “Shelley truly deserves this success.

"She’s a very gifted rugby player who has worked her socks off to get this far.”

Andy Duncan, Ardrossan Accies RFC Rugby Development Officer, is looking forward to seeing Shelley’s progress.

And he hopes she will be an inspiration to the rest of the Accies for the season.

Compliments were also forthcoming from former Glasgow Warriors legend James Eddie, who ran a training session with the Accies ladies recently.

On hearing of Shelley’s selection, he said: “I’m not surprised she’s been selected.

"She’s a very talented player.”

The hard work doesn’t stop here though.

Shelley now has a

rigorous programme of fitness, strength and skills training along with residential camps and fixtures at Murrayfield.

The Accies Ladies say they wish Shelley the

very best of luck for the future.

Ardrossan Accies Ladies train on Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings and welcomes anyone along who would like to give rugby a try.

Please visit their Facebook group: Ardrossan Girls & Ladies Rugby – Join us, for more details about the club.