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England's Amy Garnett hungry for world cup win

05 July 2010

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Amy Garnett in action for England against New Zealand

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With 86 caps, Amy Garnett is the most capped member of the 2010 England World Cup squad and has a kaleidoscope of achievements to match her tally of appearances. RFU.com caught up with Amy at the squad's Bath training base this week as England up the ante ahead of the world cup in August. 

RFU.com: So we are now a couple of days into England’s first world cup camp, how are you feeling and how is it going?
Amy Garnett: It’s really exciting to be back. It’s nice that the whole squad is back together again, and to actually finally be training and preparing for this as a world cup squad is special. We have all been training on our fitness individually for some time but now we are really back in the thick of it and it is awesome. Everyone is clearly feeling really fit and enjoying it.

RFU.com: This is going to be your third world cup which is quite an achievement, but also you must have seen some massive changes in that 12 year period?
AG: Absolutely. I wouldn’t say the determination of the players is any different but how we now prepare for a world cup is massively differently. Even though we are not paid professional athletes, everything we do now is so professional. There is so much attention to detail, from training to our nutrition so yes I have seen some big changes over the years!

RFU.com: And with this being your third world cup, you’re obviously hoping it must be third time lucky?
AG: Oh yes, I’ve got two silver medals and now I want a gold. This world cup is the be all and end all for me. It is hard to put into words how I feel about it but it basically means everything to me to win it.

Amy Garnett and Maggie Alphonsi celebrate winning the Six Nations Championship in 2010

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RFU.com: Work-wise you’re a policewoman, so will there be lots of London’s police force watching the world cup this summer?
AG: Yep, lots of my colleagues from Forest Gate have said they’re going to come and support the team. The police have been great in supporting me. At the moment I am able to concentrate fully on my rugby which is such a big help. And I hope I can thank them for their commitment to me with a win at this world cup.

RFU.com: So how did you first get into rugby?
AG: I was actually quite a late starter. I didn’t give it a go until I was at university, but that was only because it wasn’t offered at my school. And after my very first session I knew this was the sport for me, and I have loved it ever since.

The 2010 WRWC kicks off on August 20 with the pool games to be played at Guildford’s Surrey Sports Park and the semi and finals staged at the Twickenham Stoop. Check out our WRWC ticket page for all the latest information.