A bou­quet, a selfie and a few tips from rugby star

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Winning Visit -

Rachael Bur­ford, the cap­tain of Eng­land’s World Cup win­ning women’s rugby team, vis­ited Ash­ford Rugby Club.

She met the club’s un­der-13 girls’ team mem­bers and share some tips on the game.

The for­mer Med­way women’s RFC player spent a few hours with the ris­ing stars and an­swered ques­tions.

Ash­ford RFC vol­un­teer Liz Ashby said: “It was re­ally good, the girls re­ally en­joyed them­selves and def­i­nitely en­joyed meet­ing Rachael.

“She is very sup­port­ive of girls’ rugby and gave the girls some great ad­vice on how to play well and im­prove your skills.

“Ash­ford girls were very grate­ful when she came to the club to meet and coach some of the new re­cruits just be­fore the World Cup.

“We were even more ex­cited when she re­turned to tell us about her amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing in the tour­na­ment.

“She in­spires a lot of the girls in Ash­ford and many of the girls as­pire to be like her. Th­ese girls have watched Rachael per­form and seen the high level of play.

“Having the priv­i­lege of talk­ing to her has also shown them that it is pos­si­ble to play at such a high level.

“Many young peo­ple only get the op­por­tu­nity to see their favourite sport­ing stars on the tele­vi­sion but the Ash­ford girls have been able to en­gage in a con­ver­sa­tion with such a fan­tas­tic player.”

Rachael was in the team that beat Canada 21-9 in the World Cup fi­nal on Sun­day, Au­gust 17, bring­ing Eng­land their first World Cup vic­tory since 1994.

Pic­tures: Tony Flash­man FM3370152

Rugby World Cup win­ner Rachael Bur­ford with Ash­ford Rugby Club’s un­der-13s team


Two of the youngest club mem­bers, Rox­anne Innes and Lucy Wil­liams, both 11, with Rachael Bur­ford

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