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England Women arrived at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford today (Monday), the venue for the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010 (WRWC).

Led by Head Coach Gary Street and Captain Catherine Spencer the squad arrived fresh from camp in Wellington College where they have spent the past week training.

England, like the 12 other world cup contenders, will be based at Surrey Sports Park for the duration of the tournament and will also play all of their pool games at the multi million pound facility. The semi finals and the final will be held at the Twickenham Stoop in September.

The Rugby Football Union is hosting the WRWC for the first time and England are ranked second for the tournament. Over 5000 fans turned up to support both the England women and men’s teams at an open training event at Twickenham Stadium last week and the excitement of that day is clearly still resonating with the England Women.

Spencer said: “It’s fantastic to finally be here at the venue and know that we are now just days away from the start of this world cup. Surrey is a fantastic venue for this tournament, and already we have seen several of the teams around the facility looking like they are really enjoying themselves. Our first game is against Ireland on Friday and we know that is going to be a seriously tough opener, but now we just can’t wait to take to the field.”

The WRWC match action kicks off on Friday August 20 at Guildford’s Surrey Sports Park and the semi and finals staged at the Twickenham Stoop. England open their campaign against Ireland (6.30pm, August 20), followed by Kazakhstan (6.30pm, Tuesday August 24) and USA (6.30pm, Saturday August 28), with the semi finals taking place on Wednesday September 1 and finals on Sunday September 5. All England’s matches will also be shown live on Sky Sports.

For WRWC 2010 tickets visit the Ticketmaster website or call 0844 844 2010. Rugby fans who buy tickets for the WRWC 2010 will also be put on a priority ticketing information list for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. For a full schedule of fixtures and to follow England in the WRWC visit www.rfu.com/wrwc

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