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England’s Women will head into next year’s World Cup with a historic win over the Black Ferns and a ringing endorsement for rugby from Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe.
Catherine Spencer led her team to a 10-3 win in front of 12,500 at Twickenham Stadium and was back at Twickenham Stadium 48 hours later to launch the 2010 IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup.
Heading the cast was Sutcliffe who told the RFU Podcast: “We are trying to make sure that we can attract world class events and the World Cup is a significant event
“What we want is for that to inspire young women and girls into rugby. We are already pleased with the increasing participation figures (a 35 per cent percent growth) but we believe that a tournament of this nature will help that continue.
“There’s been great thought gone into the event so yes, we will stage a wonderful tournament of rugby, but behind that there will be a legacy about how we increase people’s social and education skills and health benefits by making sure there are programmes around the competition.”
Spencer meanwhile is putting together the euphoria of being player of the match on her 50th appearance to focus on the challenge in South West London next August.
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In addition to Sutcliffe and Spencer, we also hear from:
Martyn Thomas – on hosting two World Cups in a decade of sport
Rob Andrew – on England’s Investec Challenge series
Dan Vickerman and Dan Rosen – of Cambridge and Oxford universities respectively ahead of the December 10 Nomura Varsity match at Twickenham