- Spain's women's team brought their training camp to Northumberland
- The Unity Project helped form a partnership between county and country
Northumberland played host to Spain's national women's side this month as part of a training camp arranged between Northumberland Rugby Union and the Spanish Rugby Federation.
The Union began their partnership with Spain in 2014 as part of the Unity Project, a Rugby World Cup 2015 Legacy Programme which saw English counties linked with developing rugby nations in Europe.
The women's squad arrived in early December, bringing 25 players as well as support staff to Newcastle.
The trip began with a session at Newcastle Falcons with the group visiting Novocastrians RFC in Newcastle to take part in another session, supported by Red Roses star and coach Tamara Taylor.
The Spanish team followed their own training with a session developing the skills of the clubs' girls section as well as players from Darlington Mowden Park Sharks and Northumbria University.
The group also travelled to Whitley Bay Rockcliff to train on their new artificial grass pitch and finished their camp with a match against a Northumberland Presidents XV with the visitors running out 56-7 winners.
"The training camp epitomises what rugby is all about," said Andy Thomson, chair of the Northumberland Rugby Union.
"Within the rugby family it is so important to share good practice and knowledge to develop the game to build long lasting and friendships.
Long may the Partnership with Spain continue so that others can enjoy similar events in the future."