Emily Scarratt – World Cup Winner
James caught up with Emily Scarratt, an England Women’s Rugby International who played an integral part in the world cup winning team of 2014. Emily has represented her country on 50 occasions since her debut in 2008, and was ever present in last year’s world cup triumph. Having scored a penalty, three conversions and the winning try in the world cup final, it’s fair to say that Emily knows a thing or two about the euphoria that elite sport can provide.
When chatting to James about the team’s triumph last year, Emily reflected on how losing in the final four years previously had spurred them on to success. It’s a trait shared by many elite sportspeople – often, feeling that pain of losing becomes the driving force behind your journey to the top.
This was certainly the case with the women’s world cup winning team of 2014, with many of the players having tasted defeat at the hands of New Zealand in 2010, losing by the narrowest of margins on home soil. After the initial heartache, the team regrouped, and assembled an exceptional team of staff both on and off the pitch that had the capabilities to take them one step further next time around. To the delight of the whole country, they succeeded.
After progressing through the group stages at the top of pool A, England comfortably dispatched Ireland in the semi-final to set up a shown down with Canada, whom they had already faced up to in the group stages – a game which ended 13 points apiece.
The final was similarly hard fought, but it was Emily herself who stormed through with less than ten minutes on the clock to score perhaps the most crucial try in the last 20 years of women’s rugby. Emily duly converted immediately after, putting the game beyond any doubt and sealing the victory for her nation, 21 points to 9.
Unsurprisingly, women’s rugby has seen a surge in popularity since the world cup success of last summer. Emily has seen the rise of the sport first hand, with her team at Lichfield growing in both number and strength on the back on the world cup win.
Rugby is an excellent way for women to keep fit and enjoy the camaraderie of a team sport; if you’re interested in getting started, check out the RFU website for details of your local club.
We’re all hoping that James can replicate Emily’s success in the men’s world cup this year!
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