29 November 2018

Rugby: Two England Women internationals retire

October 25, 2008

England’s Shelley Rae and Amber Penrith have announced their retirement from international rugby.

Rae, who also plays for Wasps, was one of England‘s most experienced players having competed in two iRB Rugby World Cup Finals, most recently in 2006 in Edmonton. The fly-half was also named the iRB’s Women’s Personality of the Year in 2002. Rae amassed 44 caps for England.

Gloucestershire-based Penrith has also hung up her boots after several years of playing international rugby for England Students, England Academy, England A and England. She was a prominent figure during England‘s 2007 RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam winning campaign. She played for England six times.

England Head Coach Gary Street said, “Both Shelley and Amber have been great ambassadors for our game. Shelley was one of the finest kickers in world rugby and she has certainly had a distinguished career. She has also been a great example to our new backs coming through the ranks.

“Amber has been involved with England since she was 18 and progressed through the RFUW ranks, playing for every team. She had a great season in 2007, but unfortunately an injury ruled her out of our 2007/08 campaign. She now wants to concentrate on her career as a teacher, and everyone within the England set-up and the RFUW wish her well.”

Louise Hudson, Sportsister

The Women’s Sports Magazine

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