Tamara Taylor is one of just a handful of England players who will compete in a second Rugby World Cup when the tournament kicks off on August 20 at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford. RFU.com caught up with the 5ft 11 inch lock to share some of her experiences, and get the latest news from the England camp.
RFU.com: We are now into the second England camp, this time at Bisham Abbey in Buckinghamshire, how has the training been going?
Tamara Taylor: As a whole I think great. We were all very tired after our first couple of days training, and then our team building army adventures in the Brecon Beacons but we have come here more fresh after a couple of days off.
RFU.com: You’re not taking part in all the training at the moment. Can you tell us a little bit about that?
Tamara Taylor: Yep, I had my appendix out a couple of weeks ago, so I have to take it a little bit more easily! Actually the recovery is going well, and I am taking part in training but at my own pace and I think very soon I’ll be back to normal.
RFU.com: You also had a knee injury last year that kept you sidelined for a while, but came back in the squad for England’s autumn internationals against New Zealand. On a personal note it must have meant a lot coming back into the side at that point?
Tamara Taylor: Absolutely. I had hoped to get back in time for last summer’s Nations Cup in Canada but unfortunately didn’t. I was a little worried that my first international back would be against New Zealand but it was ok. I came off the bench for both games, and to be involved in the winning game at Twickenham Stadium was an amazing experience. I then had a good run in the Six Nations so I now feel I have a lot of game time under my belt again, which is what is so important.
RFU.com: You’re one of a handful of players who have competed in a world cup before, so how different do you think it will be this time around?
Tamara Taylor: At the 2006 Rugby World Cup I was one of the younger squad members and to be honest I didn’t expect to get selected. Really that whole tournament was a big bonus for me so I didn’t have too many expectations. This time around it’s a lot different. I have been involved in the England set up for a long time now. Having been at a world cup before I think I know what to expect in terms of pressure, what the day to day routines are like but of course every tournament is different, and this one is certainly going to be bigger and better than ever before.
The WRWC kicks off on August 20 at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford and the semis and the final will be staged at the Twickenham Stoop.
England open their campaign against Ireland (6.30pm, August 20), followed by Kazakhstan (6.30pm, August 24) and the USA (6.30pm, August 28), with the semi finals taking place on September 1 and the final on September 5.
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