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Your News England's Spencer appointed Development Manager for the South West.

England Captain and World Cup star Catherine Spencer has been appointed as a Women’s Rugby Development Manager for the Rugby Football Union for Women (RFUW) in the South West.

The current England captain most recently led England to a 13-10 defeat to New Zealand in the Women’s Rugby World Cup final on September 5th. The final was a gripping match, watched by a record crowd of over 13,000 people at the Twickenham Stoop, and Spencer helped set up the only try for England.

Spencer, however, started playing rugby at the age of five for Folkestone RFC until 2006 when she moved to RFUW Premiership side Worcester. She is now at Bristol RFC, which is where she also lives. Since becoming England captain in 2007 Spencer has led her country to three successive Six Nations and Nations Cup Championships and of course the World Cup Final.

Spencer, who plays No. 8, said: “I feel very proud to start working for the RFUW, having experienced first-hand the great work they do for our sport. I’ve played rugby for over 20 years and I’m very much looking forward to giving something back to a sport that has given me so much enjoyment. I’ve lived in the South West of England for five years now and have a strong loyalty to the area and can't wait to commence this new rugby challenge post the world cup.”

The role will see Spencer working with South West clubs to increase participation across all spectrums of rugby, from players and coaches to referees and volunteers. A key focus will be managing professional relationships with RFU managers in these areas.

RFUW Head of Development David Rose said: “We’re delighted to have Catherine on board. She has all the personal and professional qualities required for this role and brings with her, not just massive experience in rugby, but also key skills in sport development and management”

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