Tag Rugby World Cup 2018 Recap

 A very hard fought bronze medal for the first women’s team representing Great Britain in the Tag Rugby World Cup | Grace Brown Fitness London

A very hard fought bronze medal for the first women’s team representing Great Britain in the Tag Rugby World Cup | Grace Brown Fitness London

I can’t believe it’s been and gone already! I’m still coming to terms with the fact that I will be flying back on Saturday with a medal in tow. After years of anticipation and hard work, it was more than worth it.

As a squad, we didn’t know what to expect from our level compared to the competition and our main focus was one game at a time, just get through the group stages.

As each game went on, we built up more confidence and realised we had a good shot at getting to the final.

We met our nemesis, Ireland, in the semi finals and we were 100% sure we would be able to get through to meet Australia in the final.

This was the most intense game I have ever been involved in. Everyone put everything they had on the line for that match. We were up 2-1 for 70% of the game. Ireland fought super hard and made it 3-2 quite close to the end of the match. At the final whistle, we were devastated. That’s sport.

After giving our all in the semis, we had to pick ourselves up to play the kiwis in the bronze medal match. We were determined to come home with a medal and managed to life and fought our guts out again.

On reflection, it would have been amazing to get to the final and give the Aussies a go, but we have to put into perspective that this is the first women’s team Great Britain has ever sent to the cup and we surpassed many people's expectation.

Thank you and a massive well done to everyone involved with Team GB. It was an experience I will never forget. I am so proud to have been part of it.

(And Australia beat Ireland 8-0 in the final)