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Garnett rewrites England Rugby record books

15 August 2011

  • Nations Cup victory sees Garnett clinch 100th England cap
  • I won’t be the first or last player to reach 100 caps says hooker
England hooker Amy Garnett prepares the throw at a lineout

Photo: RFU Archive

Saracens hooker Amy Garnett rewrote the England Rugby record books on Saturday when she became the first ever female player to be capped 100 times for England.

Garnett reached the century mark at the weekend when she helped England to a 41-19 victory over Canada in the Nations Cup and in doing so Gary Street's side also secured a fourth successive Nations Cup tournament victory.

Garnett, 35, works as a Metropolitan Police Officer, became England’s most capped player last year at the Rugby World Cup, surpassing her former club and international teammate Helen Clayton’s record of 88 caps.

"It’s been a privilege and honour to play for England 100 times," said Garnett, who is the only player in the current England squad to have competed in three Rugby World Cups.

"I have played with so many spectacular players over the years, far too many to mention, and I have some very special memories. 

"I couldn’t have done this without the continued support that has come from my family and friends. As ‘amateur’ players fitting in my career, training and playing is a lot to juggle and to have done this over ten years would have been very hard if it had not been for those closest to me."

England Women's most capped player Amy Garnett on the run in training

Photo: RFU Archive

Garnett first made her international debut back in 2001 and with a busy autumn and winter international schedule ahead she could soon be nearing the all-time cap record, held by Scotland’s Donna Kennedy, of 113 caps. 

"Winning so many England caps has been a dream come true and I hope there are many youngsters out there who can strive to do the same thing as me," added Garnett.

"It’s a privilege to be the first English player to do this but I know I won’t be the last. By the time the 2014 Rugby World Cup comes around there could be several players nearing the 100-cap marker and that means that England will have a squad with a lot of game time and experience.

"This Nations Cup victory has underlined that we have a strong, young squad with great depth which is coming through and it’s great to be running alongside the talent we have. Lifting the trophy was so special and it topped off a great tour for us.

"We have come away learning a lot about ourselves as players and as a collective. It’s an exciting prospect that there is still a lot more we can look to improve upon which in itself keeps the enthusiasm for the game and training going."