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09 Aug 2017

In a letter seen by BBC Sport, Dr Rosena Allin Women’s Rugby World Cup -Khan tells chief executive Ian Ritchie of her “deep concern” Despite England preparing to defend the World Cup next month, the RFU said its focus will switch to the sevens game after the tournament. ”To make this decision is deeply disappointing,” wrote Allin-Khan.

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Asking players to pause and resume their professions every two years puts their futures at considerable risk.” Yet for those who have to juggle their sporting careers with full-time jobs, the run-up to a tournament can be as much a logistical challenge as it is a feat of physical endurance.

The Women’s Rugby World Cup starts in Ireland on Wednesday, and Wales are in the same pool as four-time champions New Zealand, previous runners-up Canada and Hong Kong. It is a daunting draw for a team who finished eighth at the 2014 World Cup and won just one of their five Six Nations fixtures this year.

For Wales’ players, however, just making the squad has been an enormous effort. Sian Williams and Charlie Murray are the only Welsh female rugby players to have signed professional deals, but neither are in this squad.


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