- England Rugby star receives MBE today
- Alphonsi honoured for services to rugby
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England Women’s Rugby star Margaret Alphonsi will today receive her MBE (Member of the British Empire) from Her Royal Highness the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Alphonsi, who was named on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list this year, has become one of the most well-known names in women’s rugby, with her barnstorming performances during the 2010 Rugby World Cup garnering her fans all around the world in both the men’s and women’s game. The 28-year-old has been honoured for her services to rugby.
Making her debut as a 19-year-old against the USA in 2003, Alphonsi has now amassed an impressive 63 caps and has played in two XVs Rugby World Cups (2006 & 2010) where England finished second to New Zealand on both occasions. She also featured in the inaugural 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens, where England lifted the Plate crown.
“Today is a very exciting day,” said Alphonsi. “I cannot actually believe I am going to Buckingham Palace to receive this award. It will certainly be a day both my mum and I will cherish forever.
“What makes this honour so special is that it does not just recognise my own personal achievements but that of the England team - I wouldn’t have received this had it not been for the hard work and dedication of the RFU and my England teammates.”
Alphonsi is not only one of England Rugby’s best known female players but she also plays a pivotal role in mentoring and inspiring the England Rugby talent of the future as a RFU Women’s Rugby Divisional Talent Development Officer.
Alphonsi is also an ambassador for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. Her role, alongside other England rugby greats – Jonny Wilkinson, Lawrence Dallaglio and Will Greenwood – is to promote the tournament’s key values and ensure as many people as possible -not just traditional rugby fans- can be a part of the tournament and its legacy.