Women's Rugby World Cup: England star Maggie Alphonsi set to make decision on future
Last Updated: 20/08/14 2:26pm
England World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi says she will make a decision on her international future in the coming days.
The 30-year-old, who helped inspire England to their second World Cup with victory over Canada in the final on Sunday, is expected to retire from the top level of the women’s game.
If so, the Saracens flanker will bring the curtain down on an 11-year international career that has claimed 70 caps, and played in three World Cups.
Celebrating with her teammates at Twickenham, Alphonsi told Sky Sports News HQ: “My retirement is not confirmed yet.
“Right now I’m going to enjoy it and make a decision in the next few days – we won the World Cup and that’s all that matters.
“The best way to end my career would be to get a World Cup medal. It’s been a great career so far and I haven’t made a decision yet.”
England had lost their previous three World Cup finals, all to New Zealand, after beating the United States in their previous final in 1994.
“To make this achievement and get that medal, words can’t explain how we feel,” she said.
“Waking up this morning was fantastic. For a few of us it has been almost 11 years of waiting.
“For a lot of the girls they didn’t want to experience losing and coming second again, so when it came down to the last moments they pulled it out of the bag, didn’t panic, worked hard and we went on to win.“