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Rugby - 15. June 2009.

England Womens skipper mission bound

England Women's Captain Catherine Spencer is heading to Africa this month to coach rugby to underprivileged children in Uganda.

The Clifton No. 8, who led England to a fourth consecutive RBS 6 Nations title this season, is an ambassador for the Tag Rugby Development Trust (TRDT) and from June 25th she'll spend several weeks coaching primary school children in disadvantaged areas of the country.

Spencer will also be getting teachers and local rugby volunteers into the programme to equip them with the necessary skills and resources to continue playing tag rugby. During her three week stay she travel to Jinja, located near the source of the Nile, Mbale and then Entebbe.

Spencer, who has 45 caps for England, will be doing all this before she hopes to lead England in their defence of the Nations Cup this August in Canada.

She said: "I have been an ambassador for TRDT for just over a year but I am very much looking forward to seeing first hand how the trust works. I have no doubt that the time spent in Uganda will be hard work but I'm sure that this will be more than worth it when I see the smiles on the kids faces as they get the opportunity to run around having fun with a rugby ball.

"I am counting the days now until I get on the plane. I can't wait to help to introduce the sport that I have gained so much from to people that, without TRDT, would be unlikely to ever experience rugby."

TRDT won the development award at the most recent IRB awards and is constantly striving to reach out to more children throughout the world. 2009 will see them tour to Uganda, Zambia and India; with future plans to extend their touring repertoire. They are currently building links in countries such as Russia, Romania, Mexico, Botswana, Sri Lanka and the Bahamas.

To find out more about the TRDT visit: http://www.trdt.co.uk/ and to help Spencer meet her fundraising target of £2000 visit the Justgiving website http://www.justgiving.com/catherineinuganda.

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