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Rugby - 09. July 2009.

Double Olympic Champ spurs on England Women

Double Olympic Gold Medal winner Sarah Webb, OBE, sent a message of good luck to the England Women's rugby team ahead of a busy season which includes the Nations Cup next month, the RBS 6 Nations and the 2010 IRB Women's Rugby World Cup.
Sarah Webb with England players Fran Matthews and Alice Richardson
The Olympian, who won Gold at both the Athens and the Beijing Olympics in the Yyling Sailing Class, gave the reigning RBS 6 Nations and Nations Cup champions a motivational talk at their Wellington College training camp.

Her talk gave the players a unique insight into the challenges and the battles she faced during her Olympic campaigns, and at the same time gave England a motivational boost to prove that anything is possible in what will be a crucial year for them. London will host the 2010 IRB Women's Rugby World Cup in August and September and after finishing second in 2006 England are eager to lay their claim on rugby's ultimate prize.

Webb said: "Being with these athletes today has been inspiring for me to be honest. When I was training full time I didn't have to work where as these players all either have full time jobs or are studying. To be able to combine that with playing rugby at a supremely high level for your country I think is amazing.

"The atmosphere and the close knit bond between this group is obvious to see and that's exactly what you need to be world beaters. I know first hand how important team work is, and these girls have got that. They know they have each others support whatever is thrown at them on a rugby pitch.

"They have got an important season coming up with their defence of the Nations Cup, the Six Nations and then the World Cup and I sincerely wish them all the luck in the world."

England Head Coach Gary Street added: "Believe it or not there are so many similarities between what Sarah has experienced and what our players also face. From the vision these top athletes have to have to the core values, the commitment and dedication. I would like to thank Sarah for coming here today to speak to our players, who I know will take on board on her experiences."
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