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Emma Feldinger (featured left), along with with Kally King, will join the Thunderbirds for the fall of 2018. (UBC Thunderbirds photo)

VANCOUVER (from UBC Thunderbirds) — The UBC women’s rugby team is thrilled to announce the commitments of two highly sought-after recruits, Emma Feldinger and Kally King, who will join the Thunderbirds in the fall of 2018.

Both Emma and Kally are tremendous athletes who’ve been identified as potential future members of the national team. They’re familiar with each other as teammates having enjoyed great success at a regional level for the Thompson Okanagan Rugby Alliance (TORA). Emma and Kally joined forces as part of the 2017 provincial sevens national championship team and again for the fifteens team that captured the bronze medal at nationals.

The 18-year-old Feldinger is a strong runner who hails from Alexis Creek, BC, and attended school in Williams Lake, BC, where she helped guide her Lake City team to a second-place finish at the high school AA fifteens championships in 2017. Williams Lake has been a hotbed for producing international rugby players of late such as Kayla Moeshi who is the most recent female international player from the area to represent Canada on the Sevens World Series circuit.

King, a 17-year-old from Kamloops, BC, and a graduate of NorKam Secondary School, will be a speedy addition to the roster as one of the fastest rugby athletes in the province. King has also been identified as a top under 18 sevens player and looks forward to joining fellow Kamloops native and future teammate Brooke Bazian (second-year, wing/centre/fullback) on the Thunderbirds roster.

UBC head coach Maria Gallo, who was recently announced as part of the 2018 induction class to the Rugby Hall of Fame, is very pleased to welcome two new recruits that bring a special pedigree.

“I coached Emma and Kally at the U16 Provincial level,” said Gallo. “They’ve made tremendous growth both technically and tactically over the years but what I’m excited most about is the fire and passion that they bring, which is something that can’t be coached. Emma’s height will help win the ball in the air, while her relentless work rate will help win the ball on the ground. Kally’s speed will complement our back three while fortifying our defence with her fierce tackling.”

Both Emma and Kally are in the running to represent B.C. at the sevens national championships March 8 and 9 in Vancouver and both are on the long list for Canada U18 sevens and fifteens opportunities.

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