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Watch­ing Friends helps me switch off, just sit­ting in front of the TV for a lit­tle bit. I try to go out with our dogs, Dido and Lucky, too, al­though Mum prob­a­bly walks them

the most

It’s gen­er­ally beat­ing my­self down. I put a lot of pres­sure on my­self and am try­ing not to do it so much, to come to terms with the fact we all make

mis­takes games and fin­ish­ing sec­ond from bot­tom. But with no rel­e­ga­tion from the league for the first three years, they have time to de­velop with­out the pres­sure of drop­ping down.

In terms of key play­ers, Ge­orgie points to cap­tain and fel­low cen­tre Ash­leigh Neale as well as No 8 Sarah Beck­ett and prop De­tysha Harper, who were both part of the vic­to­ri­ous Eng­land U20 squad that toured Canada in Au­gust.

They may still be find­ing their feet at this level – a 38-5 de­feat by de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Sara­cens in their open­ing league game demon­strates how far they need to go to com­pete at the top of the ta­ble – but Ge­orgie be­lieves they will

Get­ting my first win for Water­loo last sea­son. It was my first sea­son of big rugby and we beat Dar­ling­ton Mow­den Park (18-10). It was a mas­sive

game for me make progress. She says: “All the teams are strong and last sea­son we put the ground­work in to keep build­ing.”

In terms of her rugby mem­o­ries, Per­ris-Red­ding tells an amus­ing story of the day Eng­land won the 2003 World Cup. She and In­dia were only six at the time and while she re­mem­bers lit­tle about the match it­self, she vividly re­calls how her mum jumped so high when Jonny Wilkin­son slot­ted the win­ning drop-goal that she hit her head on the ceil­ing. Ad­mit­tedly they had low ceil­ings but mum was clearly very ex­cited.

Now it’s Ge­orgie – and maybe next sea­son In­dia – who are hit­ting new heights on the rugby pitch.

Eng­land will play three au­tumn In­ter­na­tion­als at three venues – USA (9 Nov, Al­lianz Park), Canada (18 Nov, Cas­tle Park, Don­caster) and Ire­land (24 Nov, Twick­en­ham). Ire­land also host the USA at Don­ny­brook on 18 Nov.

World champs New Zealand (be­low), who beat Aus­tralia back-to-back in Au­gust, play the USA in Chicago (3 Nov) be­fore two Tests in France – 9 Nov, Toulon, and 17 Nov, Greno­ble.

Scot­land play two Tests – Italy (4 Nov, Calvisano) and Canada (27 Nov, Scot­stoun) – and have their own shirt spon­sor for the first time, SP En­ergy Net­works.

The RFU is look­ing to re­cruit 400 new fe­male coaches and 400 fe­male match of­fi­cials over the next three years at its In­ner War­rior camps. For more info, email in­ner­war­


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