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Loughborough graduate to play in the women’s Rugby World Cup for England

Loughborough graduate Harriet Millar-Mills will be part of the England women’s squad this weekend for the Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand.

Harriet, 26, is an alumna of Loughborough University who studied Sports Technology and is currently working as a maths teacher.

Harriet has achieved 50 caps and appeared in the last 22 games for England. As well as representing England in rugby, Harriet has also played for Lichfield Ladies over the last eight years.

This year, the women’s Rugby World Cup is taking place in Ireland and has featured twelve countries including France, Japan and Canada. The final takes place on Saturday night and sees the Red Roses and New Zealand’s Black Ferns go head-to-head for the title at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast.

In the last year Harriet has gained a significant amount of interest, and for good reason.

Earlier this year she was awarded the Women’s Premiership Players’ Player of the Year for the second time after being shortlisted alongside fellow teammates Emily Scarratt and Tamara Taylor. She was also named one of the top ten female rugby players to watch in 2017 by The Telegraph.

The Rugby Football Union has recently rebranded the women’s team as the Red Roses in an effort to get more women playing the sport, and is aiming to double the number of female rugby players in England to 50,000 over the next few years.

The Rugby World Cup final will kick off from 7:45pm on Saturday 26 August. For more information, visit the Rugby World Cup Women’s website