England Women head to Paris this August for the Women’s Rugby World Cup (WRWC), which will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. Thirty players have been selected in the Rugby World Cup training squad, and this will be whittled down to 26 just weeks before the tournament kicks off.
England, who were WRWC finalists in 2010, kick-start their campaign against Samoa on August 1 before taking on Spain on August 5 and Canada on August 9. All of the pool games will be played at Marcoussis. The semi-finals and final take place at Stade Jean Bouin on August 13 and 17 respectively.
England head to France with a second-place finish in the 2014 Six Nations championship, which was won by WRWC hosts France.
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Emily may wear 13 or 15 on her back, but if you put her in any position on a rugby pitch you get the impression that she would become world class at it. In fact, you could probably say the same about a number of sports she’s been involved in. Throw her a ball, any shape, and she'd catch it, hit it or dunk it. We could easily have seen Emily playing for England at hockey, rounders and even basketball – she was offered a US Basketball Scholarship aged 16 but turned it down, much to the delight of England rugby fans.
Lichfield Number 8 Sarah actually began her life in rugby playing the League code as a nine-year-old at Goathland Primary school in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Thankfully, as far as we are concerned, she switched to union five years later when she was at Longbenton Community College in the same city.
Natasha “Mo” Hunt is not only a scrum half for England and Lichfield but is also a qualified PE teacher at Sir Graham Balfour School in Stafford (for those who don’t know, Sir Graham was a Victorian statistician and member of Florence Nightingale’s inner circle). She first worked as a trainee at King Edward’s School in Birmingham.
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