Three of England’s World Cup winners have decided to retire from international rugby.
England flanker Margaret Alphonsi, second row Joanna McGilchrist and wing Katherine Merchant, who all starred in England’s 21-9 World Cup final victory over Canada earlier this month, will all hang up their international rugby boots with immediate effect.
Alphonsi, 30, one of world rugby’s best known female players, made her international debut back in 2003 against the USA. Since then, she has gone on to play in three XVs Rugby World Cups and one Rugby World Cup Sevens. Alphonsi also shared in a record breaking seven consecutive Six Nations Grand Slams titles and along the way has amassed an impressive 74 caps and collected an MBE for Services to Rugby. Alphonsi will continue to play for Saracens in the Premiership this season.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to have had a great sporting career and feel it’s the right time to retire now that we are World Champions,