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England World Cup stars Sarah Beale, Charlotte Barras, Jo McGilchrist and Amber Penrith joined fellow world cup players from Ireland, Wales, South Africa and the USA to visit children at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford on Wednesday.

Rugby Football Union for Women (RFUW) Managing Director and host union Tournament Director Rosie Williams said: “Events like this are a great opportunity to give back to the community. It’s fantastic that the players are willing to give up their time to support these events and promote the image of the game. The visit went really well. Both the players and children really enjoyed themselves.”

Led around Hascombe Children’s Ward by staff, the players were given the chance to meet and chat with children of a variety of ages. Beale and McGilchrist got on particularly well with young Noah Clayton-Shepherd who turns one on Friday. Noah’s father Tom is a big rugby fan and supporter of the England Women so he was thrilled to meet the players.

Beale said: “What has happened to me in the past prompted me to want to come to the Royal Surrey County Hospital today and just chat and say hello to the children, their families and the staff. The visit was really special in that regard.

Beale was diagnosed with muscular cancer in January. An operation in the first week of February removed a malignant tumour and 50% of her adductor muscle. The operation was a success but Beale had just nine weeks to get back in shape in order to be in contention for the World Cup. She played just three games of club rugby this year but it was enough to get selected.

She added: “The match against Kazakhstan was my first full game of rugby in a year. It felt great to play the full 80 minutes and to win. The support I got as I came back from my operation was fantastic which is why I think these legacy events are so important as they build on all the hard work that the RFUW and RFU do for rugby and rugby players around the country.”

England next play the USA on Saturday August 28th at Surrey Sports Park, kick off 6.30pm.

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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