Wales women's rugby player dies in crash

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A woman who died in a crash in Neath Port Talbot has been named as Wales rugby international Elli Norkett.

Miss Norkett, 20, from Landarcy, Neath, had been the youngest player in the 2014 Rugby World Cup.

She died in a two-car collision on the A4109 Inter Valley Road, between Banwen and Glynneath, at about 19:40 GMT on Saturday.

A 42-year-old woman and her 12-year-old passenger sustained non-life threatening injuries in the crash.

A statement released by Miss Norkett's family said: "Elli was a kind hearted and caring final-year student at Cardiff Met University, studying sport development.

"In 2013 she was the youngest player in the rugby world cup and had gained four Welsh senior caps at the age of 17.

"Elli also represented Wales at Sevens and was selected for the Great Britain Students Sevens.

"On the club front she was proud to represent Swansea Ladies and the Ospreys."

"Elli was loved and valued by many and has touched the hearts of all her family and friends due to her kind nature and endearing personality.

"The family wish to be allowed to grieve in peace at this extremely distressing time."

South Wales Police is continuing to investigate the collision, which involved Miss Norkett's silver Toyota Yaris and a silver Vauxhall Insignia.


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