Tuesday, 01 December 2020

Hawks women get their hands on world cup before RAF showdown

THE Women’s Rugby World Cup came to Henley Rugby Club as part of a national tour.

THE Women’s Rugby World Cup came to Henley Rugby Club as part of a national tour.

The Hawks’ women’s team were photographed with the trophy before their annual friendly against the RAF women’s rugby squad on Thursday last week.

Former Henley players Tamara Taylor, Rochelle Clark, Danielle Waterman and Rachael Burford were part of the England squad that won it last year.

Taylor and Clark are now members of England’s Six Nations women’s rugby team, of which Taylor is captain.

Meanwhile, Waterman and Burford are representing England at the 2014/15 World Rugby Women’s Sevens series in Brazil.

The match against the RAF ended in a 27-0 victory for the Henley women.

Speaking after the game Hawks coach Alistair Mortimore said, “It was a midweek fixture between two women’s sides so it seemed like the ideal time to have the cup.

“It was very exciting because we only found out it was coming that morning and we’re glad it could be there on the evening.

“The match went well - it was nice to play something that’s not a league or cup fixture.

“It was friendly but competitive and the RAF played a tight game. It was a good test for them and they had some skilled players.”

England Rugby has been taking the cup around clubs with women’s teams since the tournament ended last September.

Former Queen Anne’s School student Tamara Taylor has been named as captain of the England women’s six nations team.

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