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VIDEO – England Women train with the Royal Navy

16 April 2014

  • England Women step up preparations for the Wormen's Rugby World Cup
  • “These guys are world experts in performing under pressure” – Street 

The Women’s Rugby World Cup in France this August is fast approaching, and Gary Street’s England side are eager to glean every advantage possible by ensuring their preparation is absolutely meticulous.

This week, the wider training squad visited HMS Collingwood near Portsmouth to go through a series of exercises under the watchful eyes of the Royal Navy. The morning consisted of problem solving drills, while a gruelling assault course made up the afternoon’s activity.

With five games scheduled across 18 days of competition, the World Cup will be a testing tournament. England must be mentally and physically sharp in order to taste success for the first time, and Street suggested the unconventional outing might be hugely beneficial. 

“These guys are world experts in performing under pressure, communication and thinking through problems,” he said. “We thought it’d be good to tap into that expertise and see if we could transfer it into rugby situations.”



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