- England World Cup stars visit children at Royal Surrey County Hospital
- WRWC Legacy Programme is behind the event
Photo: Sieser Photography
England World Cup stars Sarah Beale, Charlotte Barras, Jo McGilchrist and Amber Penrith joined fellow world cup players from Ireland, Wales, South Africa and the USA to visit children at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford.
Led around Hascombe Children’s Ward by staff, the players were given the chance to meet and chat with children of a variety of ages.
Beale and McGilchrist got on particularly well with young Noah Clayton-Shepherd who turns one on Friday. Noah’s father Tom is a big rugby fan and supporter of the England Women so he was thrilled to meet the players.
The visit was particularly poignant for Beale who was diagnosed with muscular cancer in January. An operation in the first week of February removed a malignant tumour and 50 percent of her adductor muscle.
Poignant visit for Beale
The operation was a success but Beale had just nine weeks to get back in shape in order to be in contention for the World Cup. She played just three games of club rugby this year but it was enough to get selected.
Beale said: "What has happened to me in the past prompted me to want to come to the Royal Surrey County Hospital today and just chat and say hello to the children, their families and the staff. The visit was really special in that regard."
She added: "The match against Kazakhstan was my first full game of rugby in a year. It felt great to play the full 80 minutes and to win.
"The support I got as I came back from my operation was fantastic which is why I think these legacy events are so important as they build on all the hard work that the RFUW and RFU do for rugby and rugby players around the country."
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