SIBLING rivalry will reach new heights when two sisters go head-to-head at Twickenham.
Meg and Kim Youdan, from Chester, will captain opposing teams at the British Universities and Colleges Championship final.
The sisters have led their teams successfully through the competition but the real test will take place at the home of rugby on Wednesday, April 22.
Kim, 22, representing Leeds Metropolitan University, is hoping to snatch the championship title away from her sister’s team, the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff – winners of the title for the last three years.
Both girls, who have played rugby since the age of 11, are determined to end their final year at uni with a victory.
Meg, 21, who studies primary education, has played on the same team as her sister since club level, working their way through Chester Girls and Chester Ladies.
She said: “Of course it will be disappointing to lose to Leeds Met but personally I would rather lose to my sister’s team than anybody else and see her lift the trophy.”
The sisters’ father Joe is chairman of Chester Rugby Club and he has his own fond memories of ‘Rugby HQ’ following the club’s triumph there in last season’ s EDF Energy Intermediate Cup final.
Joe created the first women’s rugby team in Chester and has watched his daughters play together for Guilden Sutton Primary School and Upton High.
He said: “It’s one of those flukes. I’ve told them both I’m a winner whatever happens. It’ll be a great day. The whole family will be going down. One of them’s going to have to be consoled.”
Meg’s sister Kim, who is studying digital photography, added: “The whole situation is such a joke to some of my team-mates who can’t believe we are both sisters, both captains and both play the same position.
“They often say, ‘Kim, we are going to try and run Meg off the pitch!”’