Old Penarthians have saluted the first Wales rugby international to be produced by the club since its mini and junior section was launched just over a decade ago.

Forward Georgia Morgan started her career with the Old Pens as a six-year-old, at the very beginning of the club’s journey into mini and junior rugby in 2010.

She was part of a team that under the WRU’s guidance allowed children to learn the sport through tag rugby and initial contact rugby in a mixed environment.

“It was always likely that Georgia would play for Old Penarthians because both her grandparents, Ken and Marilyn, had been bar stewards at the club and her father Jamie had played for the club alongside being a gymnast who competed for Wales,” said club president Tony Crimp.

“Mum Ceri did not have the same sporting pedigree but her brother Geraint was a stalwart of Penarth RFC for many years and her father Tom, amongst other many and varied rugby credentials, was one of the first coaches of the original Old Pens Youth XV in 1994.”

Morgan excelled in her early years, captaining the team on many occasions as well as winning awards.

However, at the age of 13, it was time for Morgan to move into female-only rugby, which meant a move to Cardiff Quins.

This season saw her score two tries as Quins beat Ceirw Nant in the WRU National U18 Cup final at Principality Stadium.

That performance capped a season which also brought her recognition at Wales level when she was part of the Six Nations U18 squad in April.

Morgan played in the win against Italy but, while selected as a substitute for the Ireland match, injury prevented her from taking part.

“Georgia can lay claim to being the first Wales rugby international to have been nurtured at Old Penarthians and the club are genuinely proud of the accolades that have befallen her,” added the president, whose club celebrates its centenary next year.