YEOVIL’S Marlie Packer yesterday burnished shoulders with Prime Minister David Cameron as a England Women’s rugby organisation visited Downing Street following their World Cup success.
The squad, RFU authority Bill Beaumont, RFU arch executive Ian Ritchie and government staff from a women’s diversion were welcomed and congratulated by Mr Cameron and given a debate of his central chateau and office.
RFU Chief Executive Ian Ritchie said: “This is a good impulse for women’s rugby in England and a courtesy and accolades they are receiving are good deserved. It’s been a whirlwind for all those concerned in winning a Women’s World Cup and assembly a Prime Minister will really be one of their highlights.
“We wish their achievements will assistance to continue to grow a women’s diversion and a fact we now have a organisation of veteran players operative towards a 2016 Olympic Games shows a swell that is being made.”
Head Coach Gary Street said: “I consider it’s good that a success a girls enjoyed over in France has been recognised. It was a surreal knowledge streamer into Number 10 with a prize and assembly a Prime Minister, though positively one that we enjoyed.”
England captain Katy Mclean said: “The fact that we have had a event to accommodate David Cameron shows how distant a diversion has come.
“He was intensely associating about a World Cup and clearly took an interest. He mentioned that a achievements will have desirous a subsequent era and we wish that turns out to be a case.”
The revisit is a latest prominence for a World Cup winners and a women’s diversion in England. Following a team’s jubilant feat in Paris, a RFU announced that a England Women’s Sevens players – including flanker Packer – would turn veteran athletes, for a initial time, after signing full-time contracts for a season.
The patrol of 20 players will contest on a IRB Sevens World Series circuit and find gift for Great Britain forward of a 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Many of a World Cup winning organisation also attended a Houses of Parliament final week where a RFU launched a plan to gain on a flourishing recognition of a women’s game.
The ruling physique announced skeleton to deliver rugby to 100,000 women and girls opposite a country.
It aims to grow a diversion to see 25,000 women and girls holding partial in hit rugby by 2017, while expanding a strech of a diversion to attract some-more coaches, volunteers, officials, amicable players and fans.
The women’s and girls’ diversion has seen good expansion over a past 12 months with personification numbers augmenting from 15,000 to 18,000 – double a expansion seen in any other year.
Recently, Helen Grant, Minister for Sport said: “The destiny of women’s rugby during a chosen turn is bright. England’s Women’s organisation are an impulse to women and girls entrance into a sport, quite after their shining World Cup win.
I acquire a RFU’s plan to get some-more women concerned in a diversion be that as players, coaches or volunteers.”