Alumnae face date with destiny as England go for glory in Women’s Rugby World Cup Final

26 August 2017

Three University of Bath alumnae will be aiming to help England retain the Women’s Rugby World Cup on Saturday after being named in the matchday 23 for the televised final against New Zealand.

Natasha Hunt, part of the successful Red Roses team in 2013, will start at scrum-half for the trophy showdown, which is being shown live on ITV1 at 7.45pm.

Fellow Coach Education & Sports Development graduate Izzy Noel-Smith is on the bench along with Amy Wilson Hardy, who studied Integrated Mechanical & Electrical Engineering.

The Roses will once again be captained by Sarah Hunter, the RFU University Rugby Development Officer for the South West who is based at the Sports Training Village when not contracted to England Rugby.

Natasha Hunt, Amy Wilson Hardy and Izzy Noel-Smith have been named in the England Women rugby squad for the 2016 Autumn internationals
Natasha Hunt, Amy Wilson Hardy and Izzy Noel-Smith

Poppy Cleall, who is starting a Sports Performance degree at the University next month, is not in the 23 but has played her part in helping England make impressive progress through the tournament in Ireland.

Wales will take on the host country on Saturday (2pm) in the seventh-placed play-off match. In the Dragons’ starting XV are University of Bath women’s coach Caryl Thomas and Gemma Rowland, who is supported by the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme at the STV.

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