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Burford & Turner appointed RFU Community Rugby Coaches

31 August 2010

  • Burford and Turner handed RFU Community Rugby Coach roles
  • I’m really keen to start this new role, rugby is my life – Burford
England centre Rachael Burford in training with the England squad

Photo: Sieser Photography

England World Cup stars Rachael Burford and Amy Turner have been appointed RFU Community Rugby Coaches (CRCs) for Kent and Surrey respectively.

The England and Richmond players will take on the new coaching roles when they return from the Women’s Rugby World Cup in September.

Burford has been playing rugby since the age of six where she started at Medway RFC. Her honours include England Under 19s, Academy and Sevens as well as England Seniors where she has earned over 25 caps.

Speaking of her appointment, 24-year-old Burford said: “I’m really keen to start this new role. Rugby is a big part of my life so to work in it is fantastic for me. It’ll be great to work in an area where it all began for me, developing rugby and giving something back to the game.”

Turner excited about opportinity

Turner started playing rugby at Kingston RFC when she was seven. She joined Richmond in 2007 and captained the side to a Premiership win in 2009/10. She has played England U20s, England A and Sevens and has been a key player in the Senior Squad since earning her first cap.

She added: “I’m so excited about this opportunity. It’s great to be on board with the RFU as they have been a fantastic support to me through the years, developing me as a player and coach. I’m excited about working as a coach and developing rugby in the area.”

One of the many and varied roles of a CRCs will be to recruit and retain both male and female players and coach rugby at local schools and clubs. They join the London South Rugby Development Team headed by Rugby Development Manager for the region Peter Macaulay. The pair will also work in teaching the core values of the game; Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship.