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Rugby: Spencer steps down as England Captain

January 11, 2011

Catherine Spencer, who most recently led England to the 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup Final, has stepped down as England Captain ahead of the new international season.

catherine-spencerSpencer was England’s captain for three seasons, taking over the captaincy armband in 2007 from Susan Day. Since then the Bristol No.8 has led England to three successive RBS 6 Nations titles, two Nations Cup crowns and last year’s Rugby World Cup final which England narrowly lost 13-10 to reigning world champions New Zealand.

Spencer, who remains in the England Elite squad and plans to be involved in next month’s RBS 6 Nations championship, said: “My decision to stand down as England Captain has, without doubt, been one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. There are many reasons why I would dearly love to continue being England Captain but the time is right for me to step down.

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“I wish my successor all of my support; only when they become England Captain will they fully understand what an incredible honour it is and only then will they experience the amazing emotions that come with leading an England team out on to a pitch.”

England Head Coach Gary Street added: “I would personally like to thank Catherine for the excellent way she has conducted herself on and off the pitch – she has been a fantastic role model for any aspiring player.”

England’s RBS 6 Nations Fixtures

Feb 6th Walesv England -  TBC – Bridgend RFC

Feb 12th England v Italy – 4.30pm – Esher RFC

Feb 27th England v France – 10.5pm – Worcester RFC

* March 13th England v Scotland – 5.15pm – Twickenham Stadium

March 18th Ireland v England – 7.30pm – Ashbourne RFC

Kim Mogg, Sportsister

The Women’s Sports Magazine

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